Do you like to stroll along and soak up the good vibes, or are you looking for something to challenge you a bit? Are you ready to get up close and personal with nature? Balcones Canyonlands NWR is perfect for the day hiker, the trails are relatively short, easily accessible, and offer a variety of terrain and views. It’s time to lace up those hiking boots, grab your water bottle, and hit the trails.
For a stroll with the kids, check out the creek and pond trails at Doeskin Ranch. You can take lunch in the shade of the pavilion. Just remember to pack out your trash. For the more experienced hiker, head up the Rimrock trail, take a tour of the Indiangrass trail and then head back down and finish it off along the creek to check out the myriad of dragonflies and birds.
If you’re heading to Warbler Vista, the Ridgeline trail is an easy stroll, lots of shade, and midway, you can take a break at the Sunset Deck to take in the view. For a workout, start at Quarry Canyon Trail parking lot, head up the trail and add the Ridgeline loop, finishing up with the Cactus Rocks and Boulder Trails which will take you back to the first leg of the Quarry Canyon Trail.
No matter which trail you take, take a moment or two to just enjoy being outside, listen for the birds, admire the view, and just be.
The refuge was designed to provide a protected habitat for threatened and endangered species, to restore the land such that it can support the native wildlife and plants, and to protect the watersheds which it encompasses. Public use areas and trails are open 365 days a year, from sunrise to sunset. For your protection and the protection of the habitat, please remain on the trails. Pets are not allowed at the refuge. As in any refuge, park, or preserve, "take only pictures and leave only footprints." Leave it for the next hikers and the wildlife to enjoy, and for you to experience next time you hit the trails.
Trails at refuge headquarters are accessible Monday through Friday, from 8:00am-4:30pm, except for Federal holidays.
Located just west of Lago Vista, TX at 21646 ½ E FM 1431. The entrance is on the north side of the road.
Located at 10645 FM 1174, Bertram, TX. The entrance is on the east side of the road.
shin oak Observation Deck
Located on FM 1869, Bertram, TX, about 8 miles west of Liberty Hill. The entrance will be on the south side of the road.
Located at 24518 Ranch Rd 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654. The entrance is on the north side of the road. Gates are open Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30, except for federal holidays.