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Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

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Suddenly there were hills and canyons

Entry was easy and although there is limmited parking we didnt battle. Biggest draw back is no... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2018
Cape Point, South Africa
very beautiful

Went out to Balcones Canyonlands looking for some Central Texas hiking that wasn't flat. It did not... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2018
Rick B
Round Rock, Texas
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

Entry was easy and although there is limmited parking we didnt battle. Biggest draw back is no drinking water on site so make sure you take water and refreshments. Coming through flat flat Texas suddenly you find yourself in this rugged little cluster of hills...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CultjaVultja
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Went out to Balcones Canyonlands looking for some Central Texas hiking that wasn't flat. It did not disappoint. While not a lot of miles the hiking was quite nice. The views were fabulous. I stared at the Doeskin Ranch section where I hiked about 3...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Rick B
Reviewed May 7, 2018

We hiked all sections of the Balcones Canyonlands except for the main center- because oddly it is closed on SATURDAYS! What? so weird -the most popular day of the week and your main center is closed. Made no sense. Very disappointed. We did get to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank DOUG H
Reviewed March 11, 2018

Nice refuge in a state with VERY FEW such land set asides. Nice walking trails along meadows or into the "balcones." Make sure you determine which access point you want to visit. There are at least 4 different entrances, and each one is several miles...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank porter_osborne
Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful area with miles and miles of paths to explore on a hilly site. We went when it was very chilly so there were no birds or other wildlife out, but the stands were amazing clear and peaceful. Bathrooms are available and there are some...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

Nice quiet hike. The gal at the head quarters was great! Decided to do a few hikes. not a lot to see due to how tall all the trees are, but a nice cool excursion and get away.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

Very peaceful. Saw 2 other people. Realized the night before we went that the birds I wanted to see had already migrated south. Nice hill country drive. Take 328 through the park instead of the main road.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank sjfulton4
Reviewed August 28, 2017

My wife and I traveled here in March and thoroughly enjoyed the refuge along with the great weather. This NWR is located in central Texas near the town of Marble Falls. There is no entrance fee but I would encourage you to purchase a current...More

Date of experience: March 2017
3  Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed June 2, 2017

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 the specialties of golden...More

Date of experience: April 2017
3  Thank lowens311
Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

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 appreciate that they are also clearly marked....More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank 335eddieg
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July 22, 2017|
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Response from 424elenc | Reviewed this property |
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January 11, 2017|
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Response from Jim H | Reviewed this property |
Marble Falls or Cedar Park, no hotel/motel in Lago Vista.
Aniko V
November 23, 2015|
Response from ddtkc | Reviewed this property |
We stayed on the west side of Austin. Many hotels options and not to far from the wildlife area