Wild Basin Preserve
Wild Basin Preserve
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Home to two species of endangered birds, golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo.
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  • Bleh
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit
    My partner and I did the guided hike on the second Saturday and I highly recommend! Our master naturalist guide John was knowledgeable, warm-hearted and funny. I wouldn’t have noticed half the things from the hike without his keen eye. It made the experience so much richer! Thank you Wild Basin for a great day appreciating nature.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Marisvel P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trails for family
    We took our daughter (4 y/o) on a hike for about 2 hrs and it was beautiful. Trails were easy to see, easy to walk on/up/down, and beautiful scenery. Very clean and you can tell the trails were well maintained. We cannot wait to go again.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 May 2024
  • susan p
    Didcot, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk to the Waterfall Wednesday
    We had a lovely walk to the waterfall and back. We went out with Skip one of the volunteers, and a small group of others who came along for the event. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the sanctuary, and the local wildlife and plants. I would highly recommend a visit and to take the free "walk to the waterfall Wednesday"
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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susan p
Didcot, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We had a lovely walk to the waterfall and back. We went out with Skip one of the volunteers, and a small group of others who came along for the event. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the sanctuary, and the local wildlife and plants. I would highly recommend a visit and to take the free "walk to the waterfall Wednesday"
Written 13 June 2024
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Marisvel P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We took our daughter (4 y/o) on a hike for about 2 hrs and it was beautiful. Trails were easy to see, easy to walk on/up/down, and beautiful scenery. Very clean and you can tell the trails were well maintained. We cannot wait to go again.
Written 20 May 2024
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Bleh
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My partner and I did the guided hike on the second Saturday and I highly recommend! Our master naturalist guide John was knowledgeable, warm-hearted and funny. I wouldn’t have noticed half the things from the hike without his keen eye. It made the experience so much richer! Thank you Wild Basin for a great day appreciating nature.
Written 10 December 2023
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Terri S
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
trails were fun with varying levels of difficulty. Recommend hiking boots. At times it felt as if we were the only ones in the park. Occasionally we would come across some friendly folks scattered here and there (which was nice when we got a little turned around!). Park manager was super friendly and informative. Area is well maintained.
Written 26 November 2023
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Kelly F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I took an Interpretive Hike with a guide (John) from the Center. It was great and very informative. It's a great place with different trails to choose from. Some, like the waterfall walk, are pretty steep and challenging. Well worth the time to be in a wonderful preserve.
Written 12 February 2023
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Babs R
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
This is a lovely hike any time of year. Challenging if your gait is impaired (with a lot of inclines & steps up and down). Takes about an hour and a 1/2 to complete at a brisk pace. One of my favs!
Written 23 January 2023
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sheeshman_13
Flower Mound, TX216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Grandson joined on a Saturday. Fine wilderness park that is close-in to Austin on its far west side (Loop 360). Reservations are required on weekends (along with a small admission fee). Uncertain whether weekday visits require reservations. Note that no pets are permitted. The trails are generally circuitous in nature and really well maintained. Should you want to hike to Bee Creek (and its nice 5-6' waterfall), you'll encounter a not-overly-challenging elevation drop as you traverse the hillside to the creek's valley (and then the gain as you return). The route that we followed was approx 3 miles start to finish - a fairly leisurely 1-1/2 hours. We arrived approx 8am and saw two other individuals on our trail. Quite lovely. Good shade. Wonderful views at certain points along the ridgeline.
Written 24 October 2022
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Nancy B
Austin, TX4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a lovely place. I took visitors from Pennsylvania and Washington State, and we all enjoyed it. My only complaint is that the strictness of the hours for timed entering on the weekend are impractical when the weather is iffy. It seems that having the guards knowing what is happening the rest of the day with reservations could provide improved flexibility. I understand limiting attendance, but when very few people are there or very few upcoming reservations, why not encourage more people to enjoy this treasure that encourages environmental sensitivity. 7
Written 5 June 2022
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I drove by this place many times and wanted to hike here. But it was closed due to covid for awhile. Once opened I finally decided to do the timed weekend reservation. The booking online was simple and they send you and email reminder so you dont forget your time and date. On arrival the lady attending the gate was friendly and explained where to park and get a digital map from the kiosk. Not that you will need the map much unless you are directionally challenged. The trails are nicely marked. I started to the left on the Arroyo Vista Loop and almost immediately you start getting some great views of the Hill Country. The trails continue to take you down down down and eventually you encounter Bee Creek and a sign directing you to the waterfall. It has been dry here this months so the waterfall was just a large trickle so that is one thing I will return for once we get some healthy rain around here. The area around the waterfall however was gorgeous The trails were clean and well maintained. The restroom at the trailhead was clean and well maintained. Upon leaving the same woman was at the gate along with a security guide and they invited me back during the week to hike fee free! We exchanged info about hiking apps. Nice nice place and people. Warning: if you go don't bring your dog! This is a wildlife preserve and you will be turned away if you bring your dog.
Written 31 May 2022
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Njoytravl
Austin, TX405 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Nice trails, some shade, some not. Fairly easy, with some up/down hills but nothing too taxing. Evidently now you need to have reservations, and there is an entrance fee. We just pulled in on a recent Saturday afternoon, not realizing we needed reservations (been coming here for years, but did not know they started a reservation system). The attendant at the front told us we had to go online on our phone and make a reservation (even though she said there was no one currently there on the trails!!) and when we made the reservation online it charged us $5/adult plus a service fee. Be mindful that dogs are not allowed, nor bicycles. Very pretty, but somewhat limited for a serendipitous hike!
Written 18 May 2022
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