Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Marble Falls

(4.3/5 based on 30 reviews on the web)
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is located in Marble Falls. Add Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and other attractions to your Marble Falls trip itinerary using our Marble Falls itinerary maker.
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  • We spent the afternoon hiking at Doeskin Ranch. Nice trails and views. Some shade, but lots of parts of the trails are in direct sunlight as they wind through Indiangrass meadows. A bit of an elevatio...  more »
  • in the rugged Hill Country of Texas. Bird watching for elusive species. Free admission and free parking.  more »
  • This is a moderate trail, not very crowded even on a Saturday. We took the kids, and they handled the terrain really well. A very peaceful, clean park, would absolutely go back.  more »
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  • I'm an outdoor person. I don't feel like myself if I haven't spent at least an hour outside, each and every day. Texas wasn't super great about leaving aside a bunch of public, Federal land for people to enjoy. I spent 11 years in the Sonoran desert, with huge, vast expanses of land that is genuinely remote and dangerous. This isn't quite that, but it is far enough out there to feel a little bit alone, close enough to Austin for a morning visit, and offers beautiful views.
  • Beautiful, especially in the fall. Careful of snakes. Well worth the day of venturing the trails.
  • Trails are well marked and difficulty levels range from easy to challenging. The observation deck provides a great view of the sunrise, sunset or a grand view of the canyon lands and lake.
  • Pets are not allowed here! The view from the Sunset Deck is amazing and the trails are fairly easy to walk.
  • One of my friends regularly takes the family out for hikes here, so when I found the excuse to drive through Balcones Canyon Lands on my way to Flat Creek Enoteca, I took the chance to stop along the way. Something to know about me is that I will forever try my best at connecting with nature. Whether it be through gardening, bird watching, hiking or just laying out in the grass looking up towards the sky. With that said, I can't imagine ever reviewing any nature spots with less than 4 stars. It's unimaginable. I mean, unless humans are around to ruin it, then automatic 4-5 stars! =) I would like to go back and explore more of the trails (there are numerous well marked trails throughout); several that lead you to the creek which are fairly short and a few that are several miles in length leading you elsewhere throughout the canyon lands. Above all, my absolute favorite aspect of this preserve is how few people visit it. If you want a nice getaway from people where you can go on a nice leisurely hike without screaming children and young adults smoking in packs, Balcones is highly recommended.