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Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 24518 E Fm 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654-4096
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Great hiking in a quiet place

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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. I am disappointed that I did not see some of the water features others have... More 

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 Refuge area. Wear good shoes, watch out for cactus and rattle snakes! Since I was with a group we pretty much scared... More 

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Thank HappyCamperShannon
Vicksburg, Mississippi
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great refuge and lots of trails for those who love hiking. We never saw the birds, but we did get to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

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Thank ladygreyhound33
Cleveland, Ohio
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went there april 28, 2017 to try to see golden-cheeked warblers and black-capped vireos. One of the main purposes of ths refuge is to preserve these two threatened species. The headquarters is set up to assist birders with maps and local knowledge as to where to look for them. The ranger directed us to some places... More 

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Thank Nelson M
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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 elevation gain (~150-200ft max) for some parts, but not too bad. Not very crowded even on a weekend. Free admission is a perk. We then... More 

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Marble Falls, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

in the rugged Hill Country of Texas. Bird watching for elusive species. Free admission and free parking.

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Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

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.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Great time to visit, as no one was there mid-week. Saw plenty of wildlife and it happened to be cool up there with a slight breeze.

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Thank Encajes
Leander, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

This place is a little off the beaten track but offers a couple hiking trails. One goes up a nice little hill so you can get yourself huffing and puffing but all in all a nice trail. I wish the State would reconsider allowing dogs to accompany us hiking as we like to give our dogs the opportunity to enjoy... More 

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La Porte, Texas
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

Out of the way, yes but beautiful and worth every second. The roads there and into the reserve are all paved and easy to drive in a luxury SUV.

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