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Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

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Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

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24518 E Fm 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654-4096
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See how wine is made — and get a taste of the finished product — on this guided, 90-minute, small-group tour. Begin with an educational wine tasting, then take a short walk through the 10,000-case wine production facility and barrel room at Flat Creek Estate in Marble Falls, Texas. A map is included to tour the 80-acre vineyard at leisure afterward.
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SawyerHicks wrote a review Mar 2020
Baltimore, Maryland77 contributions32 helpful votes
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I parked at Doeskin Ranch off of 1174. Truthfully, I found it kind of difficult to figure out which hikes were where when I was doing my research. Doeskin Ranch has 5 trails but three of them are quite short. I did all of them, which totaled about 5 miles, and found it be a worthwhile trip from Austin (about a 50-minute drive). None of the trails are particularly difficult, but one early section of the Rimrock trail (if you take a right from the parking lot) is somewhat steep and rocky, but small children could manage it. They do controlled burns in the area in an effort to restore the natural prairie grasses, so the first half mile or so has a pleasant (IMO), subtle smoky smell. Presumably, the trail is closed when the fires are burning. Once you get to the Indiangrass trail, the scenery opens up and is quite enjoyable, even if there are no particular "wow" spots. I only saw a few birds, but I went for the hike anyways.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kathy L wrote a review Jan 2020
Urbana, Iowa457 contributions64 helpful votes
We stopped at the visitor's center and spoke with a docent and grabbed a map. She was very helpful in guiding us to walking trails within our abilities and recommending we visit Sunset Deck and drive the Cow Creek Road. We did the short .4 mile trail near the visitors center and then drove up to Sunset Deck. The views are so special. The road up to Sunset is partially paved and then dirt, but it is ADA accessible to the deck. The trails, not so much. We did get great views of Lake Travis and the valley. We plan to drive Cow Creek Road next week and try some of the other easy trails. Parking is available at all trailheads and is free. There are some restrooms available. Great restrooms and a water fountain in the visitor's center.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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journeyhitherandyon wrote a review Jan 2020
Denver, Colorado27 contributions4 helpful votes
Enjoyed a winter's afternoon hiking and birding at this national wildlife refuge. Saw several species of birds at the park headquarters, walking along the creek trail. Then drove up the road to Doeskin ranch for a good, solid hike through various Texas Hill Country ecotones. We were there late in the afternoon, too, so we were able to see another round of small-ish birds doing their final foraging for the day. Great day out of the busyness Austin!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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stevieweavie2013 wrote a review Nov 2019
Cedar Hill, TX80 contributions17 helpful votes
If you are a birder, take your camera. if you are a hiker, take your boots. You have 8 miles of trails to choose from. Trails range from ADA accessible to moderate. I'm a day hiker and did all 8 miles one Saturday afternoon in early November. The trails were frequented by other hikers, but no to the point of being crowded. Nearest city is Marble Falls-15 miles west on FM 1431 and FM 1174 toward Bertram. Visit Balcones Canyon NWF web site for particulars.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Grant wrote a review Oct 2019
8 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent about three hours in Balcones Canyonlands hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The trails are well marked and maintained and are of varying lengths and degrees of difficulties, from easy and .4 mile to difficult and 7+ miles. The Cactus Rocks trail was short and easy but very shaded through the juniper cedar trees, which are interesting. Not many birds this time but we enjoyed our walk and will return again.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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