The legend of the Lake Worth Goatman

Move over Bigfoot, there’s a new mystery creature in Fort Worth.


Would you venture down this Greer Island trail to look for the Goatman?

Photo by FTWtoday

Cue a creepy flashlight under the chin. It’s spooky season and there’s a legend afoot in northwest Fort Worth.

Enter the Lake Worth Goatman.

Allegedly spotted on July 9, 1969, the mythical man-goat-beast lives on Greer Island, a six-mile, forested island at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

Witnesses claim to have seen a 7-ft-tall, 350-lb hairy creature with horns and scales run across a cliff and chuck a tire 500 feet. Some people claim that the beast broke a limb from an oak tree like it was a toothpick.

Over the next several months, daring Fort Worthians flocked to Greer Island in search of our local Sasquatch. Over 70 people have supposedly seen him or heard his sad cry out over the water.

Four months after his first sighting, someone snapped a grainy black-and-white photo of the furry legend, memorializing the monster into Funkytown lore.

Have you seen Goatman?

City Editor Kate, here. I recently went for a hike around Greer Island. I will say 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon is potentially not the best time of day to spot the Goatman. But as someone who only watches scary movies in the middle of the day with the lights on, it was just right.