Adventure behind-the-scenes at the wildlife refuge with a hike on the Martin Tract!
Join us for a peek behind the curtains of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Most of the refuge is closed to the public to allow for restoration and habitat management but now you can experience this part of the refuge with the help of our guided hike leaders!
Join experienced guided hike leaders on a walk through time on the Martin tract of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy long ranging views, learn about how the refuge has changed over time and the conservation work done today to enhance habitats for native Texas Hill Country plants and wildlife.
This 2.8 mile hike will be along an old 2-track ranch road that has 377 feet of elevation gains. The loose rocks combined with short steep slopes make this mostly unshaded trail a moderately difficult 2.5 - 3 hour hike.
Registration is required and is limited due to the nature of the hike and the hike location.
FACILITIES: Since this is on a closed portion of the refuge, restrooms and drinking water are not available at this hike location.
START TIME: Our October hikes begin at 9 AM, and this hike should take approximately 2.5 hours, however there may be some extra time taken if we see some exciting flora and fauna!
EQUIPMENT: As always, wear appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Due to slippery rocks on the trail, hiking poles are also highly recommended.
PHONE RECEPTION: Some phone-based GPS’ will not work in this area. A printable/downloadable map can be found here.
GROUP SIZE: Registration is limited to 15 participants for this hike.
WEATHER ADVISORY & OTHER CANCELLATIONS: In the event that we need to cancel due to extreme weather or other unforeseen conditions you will be notified via email before 6:00 AM on the day of the hike.
PARTICIPANT CANCELLATIONS: Our hikes are popular and often have wait lists, if you need to cancel, we ask that you try to do so at least 48 hours in advance so that a wait-list participant is notified in adequate time to be able to join us on the trail!