Discover the Highest Point in Tarrant County

Written by Samantha Stanich
Published: September 15, 2023
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Tarrant County is located in the second largest state, Texas. It is the Lonestar State’s third-most populous county and the 15th-most populous in the United States with a population of 2,110,640. The city of Fort Worth sits in the county. And though the area is mostly rolling grassland, there is the highest unnamed point at 966 feet (294 m).

Texas is in the South Central region of the United States. At 268,596 square miles, and with over 30 million residents in 2023, it is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population. It is second to Alaska in landmass, and to California in population.

What Is In Tarrant County?

Minneapolis Minnesota at Sunset on the Mississippi River,

Fort Worth’s landscape is flat to rolling.

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The city of Fort Worth sits in Tarrant County. It is the United State’s 13th most populous city with a population of around 963,868. The county is in north central Texas, and its landscape is carved throughout by the area’s waterways.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau,  the county has an area of 902 square miles of which 864 square miles is land and 39 square miles or 4.3% is water.

There are also two ghost towns in the county, Birds and Dido. Not much is known about these towns other than they were bypassed by the invention of the railroad. The conveniences of the tows became obsolete as many residents moved to other surrounding towns.

What Is The Landscape Of The Area?

Grove of trees during fall in north Texas. Fort Worth, Dallas area. Large grove of lush green trees. Brown and yellow leaves on the ground. Damp, rainy autumn day. Horizontal orientation.

Fort Worth has promoted sound urban forestry practices since 1873. The city charter declared it illegal to hitch a

horse

to a tree.

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The north central county contains four natural regions found east to west. The Blackland Prairie sits in the southeast. It is a rolling grassland with rich clayey and loamy soil. The Eastern Cross Timbers are made up of deep loamy soil that supports large oak tree species. Then there is the Grand Prairie contains shallow clayey soil with alternating layers of limestone and marble. Lastly, there is the Western Cross Timbers has shallow to deep loamy and clayey soils that also support oak pieces. There are also hardwood trees across the county such as American elms, pecan trees, and box elder trees. These trees are mostly along the rivers and creeks.

Fort Worth is the oldest and longest-running Tree City USA in Texas, a designation the city first received in 1978. Agriculture and cattle are also a large part of the county. The region has around 1,173 farms that include agribusinesses, support industry, and a variety of livestock operations plus over 25 commercial crops. Fort Worth still continues its cattle connection with a free twice-daily cattle drive in the Stockyards. At 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day, Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue. The city also contains over 1,000 natural gas wells. This is due to the Barnett Shale, an underground reserve that contains 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and stretches across 15 counties.

Where Is Fort Worth Located On A Map?

This highest point in Tarrant County sits at the western edge of the county where the hills range from 700-900 feet above sea level. The 966 feet sits on the Tarrant-Parker county line as the highest point in Tarrant County, Texas. The county is 898 square miles of gently sloping to level terrain with elevation ranging from 420 feet in the southeast area to 960 feet in the northwest.

Fort Worth is located on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. It began as Camp Worth in 1849. The city sits near the river’s confluence with the West Fork of the Trinity in Tarrant County. The city is an important place in U.S. history. In fact, the city contains the biggest private Civil War collection in the Texas Civil War Museum. It is also the most comprehensive collection west of the Mississippi River. There is also fun history in the city! The Stockyards Hotel where the infamous Bonnie and Clyde hid from the law is one of the city’s most haunted spots! Also, 60% of the paper money in the US is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth.

Can You Drive To The Highest Point?

With the highest point in the county being the Tarrant-Parker county line, yes, you can drive to the highest point. The area is surrounded by growing neighborhoods such as Willow Park, a city near the county line but ultimately in Parker County, Texas. Cities in Tarrant County that are near the Parker County border include Fort Worth and Azle.

Highest Point In Texas

Morning Clouds on El Capitan  and Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

Guadalupe Mountains National Park drew a record 243,000 visitors.

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Guadalupe Peak is the highest natural point in Texas. Its elevation is 8,751 feet above sea level. Visitors can climb to the top of the peak via the Guadalupe Peak Trail. It is a strenuous day hike with a 3,000-foot elevation gain. The peak is located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is part of the Guadalupe Mountains range in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas.

A mind-blowing fact about the Guadalupe Mountains and its tall peaks is that they were part of the greatest mass land extinction of all time. Around 260 million years ago, the land that is the Guadalupe Mountains was a living marine reef underneath the waters of the Delaware Sea. This was during the Permian Period and was known as the Capitan Reef.

Four Highest Points In Texas

Sunset Guadalupe Mountains National Park

The highest peaks in Texas are in the western part of the state.

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The four tallest points in Texas are located within the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The peaks include the Guadalupe Peak, Bush Mountain, Shumard, and Bartlett Peak.

Peak NameHeight
Guadalupe Peak8,751 feet (2,667 m)
Bush Mountain8,631 feet (2,631 m)
Shumard Peak8,615 feet (2,626 m)
Bartlett Peak8,508 feet (2,593 m)

The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a beautiful and rugged park that covers over 86,000 acres of land. It is home to several unique geological features. Guadalupe Peak is one of the most notable features of the park as the highest point in Texas. And though the four highest peaks stand in the park, the national park is also home to other towering heights including El Capitan and Hunter Peak as well as deep canyons and rugged cliffs. These towering peaks sit in the vast Chihuahuan Desert of western Texas.

The park has a wide variety of plant and animal life that live on its diverse landscape. It is full of pine forests and oak trees that sit alongside grasslands and wetlands. The animals that live in the park include mule deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Brendan van Son/Shutterstock.com


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