The Ranches at Woodland Ridge is located in Bosque County, just one minute from the rich historical downtown of Walnut Springs, TX. The town's name is a rare example of "what you see is what you get." The community was developed around springs (still flowing today) that surfaced in the shade of Walnut trees.
During the late 1800's and early 1900's the town was booming with a population of more than 4,000. The city's boom was attributed largely to the Katy Railroad, which ran until the mid-1960's, and its shops. Among the businesses were banks, drug stores, doctors, dentist, lawyers, funeral homes, a newspaper office, laundry, dry goods stores, cotton gins, bars, and a college. The city also had a stop light in the middle of town. The shops began declining and left between 1910 and 1920 and the city had a declining population until the mid-70's when Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station began construction.
One of the city's main attractions is Historical Katy Park. The park has seven springs which were used by cattle drives for water. Another place in Walnut Springs that continues to entice visitors and residents alike is the Rough Creek Lodge. Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is a casually elegant retreat nestled on 12,000 acres that offers exclusive 5-star fine dining, exceptional customer service, and a luxurious ranch-style venue for couples, families, and businesses looking for a truly unique experience.
Rough Creek Lodge is also the ultimate family vacation—or better yet the best family “staycation” around! Fun-filled, busy days for children of all ages—horseback riding, hiking, zip-lining… just to name a few - followed by relaxed and elegant evenings that allow parents an evening out and kids a chance to engage in kid-friendly activities at The Kid’s Ranch.
Across the road from The Ranches at Woodland Ridge and next door to Rough Creek Lodge is Flat Top Ranch – a premier wildlife, family owned property. This magnificent ranch boasts 20,000 pristine acres, herds of white-tail deer and elk, and unspoiled views of this area’s beautiful countryside for many generations to come.
Glen Rose, Texas, located just 10 minutes from The Ranches at Woodland Ridge, was named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the “Top-ten great weekend getaways in America.” The atmosphere may be laid-back, but the activities are anything but: weekenders can kayak, go on a safari, hunt for dinosaur fossils, mountain-bike (named one of the top-10 best biking areas in Texas), hike challenging slopes, swim, see endangered black rhinos and Arabian onyx, ride horses, golf, camp, go antique shopping, attend blue-grass festivals, hunt, see a major outdoor dramatic production of the life of Jesus, enjoy world-class entertainment and food, or see a rodeo…all without the concerns and problems of big-city life.
Vistas of cedar-crested limestone slopes and rocky ranch-land valleys embrace the panoramic hills surrounding Glen Rose. The county is home to the mighty Brazos River. The crystal clear river offers beauty and recreational enjoyment. The area has one of the most pronounced changes of seasons in the state (some even say this is the closest thing to the New England area you'll find in Texas).
Any visit to Glen Rose should start at the native-limestone courthouse and the square is home to several antique shops. Just up the street Bernard's Mill & Art Museum, a complex of stone buildings that includes the three-story structure built by Charles Barnard in 1860. Professional bluegrass musicians perform at Oakdale Park throughout the year, but impromptu jam sessions can pop up just about anywhere.
Although the town is growing there is still enough room for ample small-town charm. Glen Rose encourages people to embrace the quiet, the lovely, the natural. If there's anywhere to try something you've been dreaming about, it's here in the City in the Country and her neighboring sister cities. And then go and have an excellent cappuccino afterwards.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an endangered species research and conservation center near Glen Rose, Texas. The facility has over 1,000 animals from 50 species. Guided and self-guided tours of the center are the main attractions.
Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed, so please call ahead to check on river conditions. There are two fiberglass models, a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. They were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, for New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965. Other activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian use in a separate 100-acre area, river swimming and fishing, and wildlife observation.
Lake Granbury is a North Texas reservoir in Bosque County near Granbury, Texas. It was created in 1969 and is one of three lakes damming the Brazos River. Lake Granbury is contained by the De Cordova Bend Dam and is a long, narrow lake, encompassed by 103 miles of shoreline. Fish populations in Lake Granbury include: Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish White Crappie, Sunfish and Long-nose Gar. The lake is annually stocked with bass in past years catfish. Along with fishing, other recreational uses include boating, wakeboarding and water skiing.
Dinosaur World offers fun for the entire family, but especially for the youngsters that are fascinated by dinosaurs. Visitors have an opportunity to literally walk among the dinosaurs. Covering approximately twenty acres, Dinosaur World feature more than 100 life-size dinosaurs along a winding walkway. All of the dinosaur displays tell visitors the name of the dinosaur and gives details about the dinosaur such as type, when they existed and where they roamed.
Fort Worth, Texas, is filled with a unique mix of attractions for visitors—from cowboys to culture, from sports to shopping. Explore the legendary Fort Worth Stockyards, the world-class Cultural District, downtown’s dazzling Sundance Square, the top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Motor Speedway, and so much more.
Dallas, Texas offers incredible culture, entertainment, shopping! Take a stroll through the Dallas Arts District and discover some of the greatest architecture in the world. Sports fans are in luck as Dallas is the only city in the Southwest to host five professional sports teams including “America’s Team” the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has some of the country’s greatest shopping including the world-renowned NorthPark Center. And with over 8,000 restaurants, the Dallas area has something delicious to please any palate.