Bird's Fort Trail Park

5756 Riverside Dr. 

To protect new settlements in the Republic of Texas, General Edward Tarrant (namesake for Tarrant County) commissioned Major Jonathan Bird to construct a fort near Caddo Village on the West Fork of the Trinity River. The location of the new Fort Bird would be on Caloway Lake, a now privately owned lake in today's Arlington, Texas. bird fortUpon completion of this new fort, Major Bird and his crew of 36 volunteers blazed a wagon trail back to the old Fort Inglish, creating the Bird's Fort Trail. Fort Bird became the first official settlement in today's Tarrant County

General Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas, traveled the Bird's Fort Trail in the summer of 1843 to Grape Vine Spring. There his officers negotiated "a Treaty of Peace and Friendship" with 10 Native American Nations.


  • Amenities

    Parking area.
    Large pavilion with eight tables and a drinking fountain.
    Concrete surface trail (not lighted).
    Portable restrooms.
    Two river overlook shelters.
    Campion Trails dedication marker.
    Campion Trails gateway monument with lion sculpture.
    River overlook.

Total acreage: 57.99

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Bird's Fort Trail Shelter
Eight tables
One grill
Solar lights
40 car parking lot
Portable restrooms
No electrical outlets
$20 per hour
Reservations are not required but are recommended.
Reservations require a two hour minimum.