Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Marble Falls

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  • I think this is probably the most beautiful part of Texas that I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of it. The hills open up all of the sudden and you are in the NWR. Birds everywhere, including th...  more »
  • I came to Austin for a wedding but wanted something to do the following day. I found the refuge close by. The trails are not too long but scenic, and the terrain is not difficult to navigate. I apprec...  more »
  • Had a great morning learning about Texas birds and the areas they live in. I am mostly a photographer by hobby, not a birder but I enjoyed learning about the birds and other animals that live in the R...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful park. Watch out though, this address/map point takes you to the refuge head quarters. While the refuge is quite large only a small part is available to the public since the rest is, of course, a wildlife habitat. The rangers at headquarters are very knowledge and there's maps and guides which you might find helpful (we did!) but aside from a .3 mile stroll, there are no trails at this location. Check out their website to locate the actual three access points where you can hit the trails. Also watch, as some public access areas may be closed at varying times of the year due to birds nesting. We ended up at the Doeskin trails portion of the park and loved it! A couple mile hike, most of which was moderate to easy with some beautiful views was exactly what we were looking for!
  • I spotted this Golden Cheek Warbler at the preserve. They actually are only half way to their goal of 85k acres, so I plan to donate to the land acquisition fund. What an amazing preserve. And for those that complain about no dogs, this is a nature preserve not a dog park.
  • This is one of my favorite places to take a hike. We usually start near Doe Ranch on the west side. The Rim Rock trail is about 2.5 miles with a good 750-1000 feet climb on rock stairs, not too hard but a good workout. Longer (and shorter) trails available. If you go clockwise, you can hit a stream near the end of the hike the kids will like playing in.
  • Great hikes in an area without many. Wonderful views of the lake and lots of shade to help you stay cool.
  • This is a natural space. Over 25000 acres but people are only allowed on less than 20. This is a refuge for wildlife and not a place to take your dog for a hike. Necessary wild landscape to protect species.