Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was founded in 1974 to protect some pristine Texas Hill Country and to provide nature education programs. Visitors enjoy 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails that pass through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats. These habitats are home to threatened and endangered species, and hundreds of native plants, animals and birds. Wild Basin's nature education programs are funded by special events, memberships, corporate donations and grants. Mission To preserve and maintain the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, encourage and support scientific research, develop and evaluate interpretive and environmental education programs in order to serve the needs of the general public. Open Sunrise to Sunset, 7 days a week.

Really enjoyed this hike!
Heading down to the large area of the Colorado River is easy and would be good for just a short stroll.
If you head to the south side of the main road, you'll find lots of different trails heading in all directions.
Easy to stray from the trails but not too hard to find your way back. Just follow the river.
Nice rocks with overhangs and good sights, most of the trail was dense but opened up to good spots in the river bed.

Wild Basin is a good fitness trail since it is basically a descent and then s moderately to difficult climb back up to the trail head. The scenery is okay, but there many better options in West Austin. Road noise from 360 is a major drawback.

There are no more that 22 parking spaces, so if you go, then go early or go on a weekday, though you shouldn't expect to have any solitude even then. If you have dogs, then Red Bud Isle is worth a one-time trip just to say that you've been there. Better for dog socializing than dog exercising. It's not really big enough to get any real exercise.

on Red Bud Isle Trail

walking
1 month ago

if you're looking to hike or be there longer than 30 minutes don't go here. but for a quick run with the dog it's perfect ! just wish parking didn't have only 20 spots for everyone

Very pretty and good amount of challenge. Short enough to not take up half the day. Has nice views of tree tops looking over west Austin and lots of shaded spots along the way. Perfect hike if you want variation and waterfalls in about 1.25 hrs

hiking
2 months ago

Took my kids (ages 6 & 3) for a hike to see the waterfall. We actually got lost at one point and a fellow hiker told me about this app, so thankful! It was great fun and, even though the 3 year old complained a bit at the end, they both managed this "moderate" trail well.

Very secluded island trail. I don't recommend this trail for anyone who doesn't like dogs, it is basically a massive off-leash dog park. The loop is small but great if you just want to get Fido some exercise. There is water access for swimming and my dogs love it here.

Great for trail running. Not crowded at all when we came around 7 pm. Very pretty views and waterfall.

Please don't come here; I want it all for myself.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

An alright trail. Well-maintained and easy to navigate. Some pretty cool views of the hill country and tiny waterfall. Not terribly muddy, even though it rained all week.

hiking
4 months ago

the trail was very simple and you could hear a little bit of traffic off in the distance. it was a good length, though, for being in the city.

hiking
4 months ago

It was quite nice especially without trail runners and dogs. The walks up the canyon gets a little tiring. Mostly shaded which is quite nice in this ungodly Texas heat.

Decent trail. Once you go into the basin, no views and no breeze. The waterfall is nothing special. Good to do once, would not do again.

5 months ago

Short trail. Not much of a hike, but nice views and good park area by the water if you don't mind the youths.

birding
6 months ago

This park is a spectacular example of native plant restoration in process, in cooperation between the city of Austin and a dedicated nonprofit group. The reward for their work is the thousands of native and migrant birds that dine on and nest in the native grasses and wildflowers every year. In order to protect the ground nests, PLEASE understand that DOGS MUST BE LEASHED and cleaned up after. Their presence alone is enough to disrupt bird behavior. Not too great for hiking but birding is terrific.

Nice walk, a lot of shady spots, waterfall and even armadillos if your lucky

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful!