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Join us for the annual First Day Hike

  • Wednesday, January 01, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Doeskin Ranch
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  • Register here for First Day Hike now if you are a Friends of Balcones NWR member. Registration opens for all others December 14.
    You can also cancel a registration here if necessary.

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Fourth Annual 1st Day Hike  

Please join us for our 4th annual hike celebrating the New Year. The hike will begin at 9:30 am January 1, 2020 at Doeskin Ranch. Meet in the pavilion.

Hike up the hill on the Rimrock Trail and take in the expansive views. This has been called "one of the best trails in the Hill Country". Opt for a lower (less strenuous) hike along the Pond & Prairie and the Creek Trails. The contrast of open grassland and following a sparkling clear stream allows a hiker to experience the variety of the Texas Hill Country. Note the Pond Trail is wheelchair accessible. 


Our expert hike leaders, Lynette Holtz and Jerry Stacy, both Master Naturalists and experts in plant identification, will talk about birding, plant identification and photography.  Bring your binoculars, cameras and questions. Note the Rimrock Trail is moderately difficult and includes several somewhat strenuous inclines. It is 2.2 miles long and will take us to the top of the hill shown in the photo above. Bring appropriate footwear and a walking stick or trekking pole if you prefer. 

After the hike join us for hot chocolate (or lemonade, depending on the weather). Or bring your picnic lunch to enjoy at new pavilion.

Registration is now open for members of Friends of Balcones NWR. Registration for all others will open December 14. 

This is one of our most popular hikes and registration is limited to 30 people. The best way to ensure you don't miss out is to become a member of Friends of Balcones NWR. With your membership you will gain early access to this and many other exciting events throughout the year:


Doeskin Ranch is located On FM 1174 about a mile or so north of the Cow Creek Rd. intersection on the east side of the road. 



Email- friends@friendsofbalcones.org

Mail- Friends of Balcones

  PO Box 4678

Lago Vista TX 78645

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