Pioneer W. S. Peters brought first settlers as part of a land grant in 1848. Dairy farms flourished here prior to World War II. City established in 1953 when the North Richland Hills Civic League was denied annexation to neighboring Richland Hills. As with most towns in the Metroplex, the city has grown in recent years, making it the third largest in Tarrant County. Home of Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus.
Iron Horse Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole municipal course designed by Dick Phelps that traverses through hardwood forest, meandering creeks, and under a railroad trestle. Train depot styled clubhouse. For information and tee time, call 817/ 485-6666. 6200 Skylark Circle. (Meadow Lakes exit off N.E. Loop 820.)
NRH20 Family Water Park -
This fun, family water park features a fountain entrance and shallow wading stream, children's play area, wave pool, 600 linear ft. "endless river," water slides, sand volleyball court, meeting pavilion, arcade, gift shop and concessions. All inclusive admission ticket! Open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. during summer. From N.E. Loop 820 take Texas 26 north to 9001 Grapevine Hwy. For information, call 817/ 427-6500.
The city has several neighborhood parks throughout the community offering places to picnic and play. Most noted is the Adventure world park, a 10-acre facility that is fully handicapped accessible. Playground offers recreational play while teaching skills to children. Included is a mock train and helicopter; a fitness section with sit-up and pull-up bars; and abstract equipment. Adventure World is on Starnes Road between Holiday and Douglas Lanes. For further information about parks or rental opportunities for pavilions, call 817-427-6600.
Enjoy NRH's shopping and dining-
For information on shopping, dining, and points of interest, call the city's Economic Development Department at 817/ 427-6090 or log onto the city's web site at
We can also send you the city's dining and lodging guide or you can view it on the city's web site.
David Blvd. Catfish Ponds -
Try your luck! Ponds stocked weekly for public fishing. Pavilion picnic area available.
Open weekends 10 a.m. - 8p.m.;closed during winter.
7712 Davis Blvd. Tel. 817/ 514-6233. Admission and fees per pound of catch.
Mountasia Family FunCenter -
A 36-hole miniature golf course takes golfers through caves, waterfalls, and other obstacles. Also features Can-Am go-cart racetrack, bumper boat ride, and baseball & softball batting cages. 7,000 square foot clubhouse includes latest video games available.
8707 Grapevine Highway. Tel. 817/ 788-0990. Admission.
NRH Gallery -
Contemporary art gallery. Hosts major exhibits in association with schools, libraries, and businesses through the D/FW region. Open Tuesday - Friday; noon - 5 p.m. ;
Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 6515 -1 Smithfield Road. (In Historic Smithfield, see below).
For information call 817/ 281-5991.
Historic community annexed by city in 1958. Community named for Eli Smith, on whose land the townsite was located. Cattle trails to the north went through the area prior to the arrival of the St. Louis and Southwestern of Texas Railroad. Historical markers at Smithfield Depot, cemetery, Masonic Lodge and three churches along Main Street and Smithfield Road.