Explore the most popular hiking trails in Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail with plenty of shady areas! Family friendly even my 69 year old mom who sits behind a desk all day felt good afterwards.
The elevations are an easy ascent. We will definitely go back!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is marked fairly well. There were a number of beautiful spots to enjoy the view. There was road noise for a good portion of the trail.

on Cactus Rocks Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice shaded hiking trails, we hiked Cactus and Ridgeline Trails. A lot of elevation changes, so made for a good hike.

on Cactus Rocks Trail

trail running
4 months ago

Short but decent trail. Couple of technical sections some fun little climbs.

hiking
5 months ago

short but very beautiful and peaceful

hiking
5 months ago

short but very nice view

Very clean and maintained trials. Come early! The parking lot is small and will fill up fast. And...when the sun comes up you are going to feel it. There is not a lot of shade on most parts of these trails.

Very nice hike, a little rough but very good to do.

Great little hike of around 3.1 miles when all was said and done with my honey. Weather was in low 70’s and sunny. Good hike on a Saturday!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Beautiful hike. It's a mix of sun and shade, so make sure you take sunscreen. I just wish dogs were allowed.

Nice trail. A little elevation. Not too crowded.

Not worth the drive. The trail has hardly any shade. Very narrow we were kind of worried about snakes. No water except one spot and it was very small.

Pretty views. Stacked loops let you make the hike as long as you want.

Beautiful trail! Nice hike, challenging areas, and the 2 people that were there working were so nice and helpful! Will be back

What a beautiful hike! Had the chance to check out all the trails and they were all great! Very peaceful and relaxing. We did run across a coral snake so just be cautious!

Nice secluded trail...good for a morning stretch out hike. Cow Creek is beautifully clear. Make sure that you include the Indian Grass trail in your hike...completes the experience!

Loved it! Took 6 kids, youngest was 4 (he rode on my shoulders much of the time). Did the whole trail in about two hours. Definitely a winner.

Very nice in springtime. Green, plenty of cover, not too hot. Not too muddy, either, even after a morning rain.
Probably better to take it counterclockwise; that way, the short dull section (along an old internal ranch road) is at the end.

One of the best hikes I've ever done! Highly recommended to all!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don't see anything from Rt 1431.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

The trail lives up to reviews, it includes a creek, hills, shady trees, cactus and grasses. Busy enough that you are not alone, but not at all crowded.

hiking
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Pretty hike, but nothing too challenging or breathtaking. It's the perfect hike for beginners or those who just want to clear their minds.

hiking
Friday, November 04, 2016

Great trail to push out of shape feet and body.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Does anyone know what the grave is all about? If so please tell me! Kinda spooky. Figured it's just a pet? Great trail. Nice place to take pops for his bday. Also a huge paw print. Print had to be a joke I posted in photos. Good place to clear your head:)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

This was a great place to hike with our family. We have a 4 and 1 year old who loved it. My 72 year old mother also came and greatly enjoyed it. We went on the short trails - pond and prairie & creek trail that had a old homestead house that the boys loved playing in. Carry lots of water and bring sunscreen and bug repellent.

walked all the trails and loved the quiet and peaceful scenery.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This is not an out an back. the map clearly shows you can do the loop. But it is very short. We did all three trails and still only logged a few miles. Not sure if I'd really recommend Vista Knoll Trail.. but you should definitely take Ridgeline Trail (out and back) to the end to see the view from the kiosk there! (forgot the actual name of the kiosk) Ridgeline can be a little challenging but definitely worth it!

Beautiful and peaceful!

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Great trail but a bit overgrown in the lower parts. I took 4 kids ranging from 6-12 and all made it great. The great at the end is superb. Very quick hike at just less than an hour with a few stops. Two very good views.

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