Vista Knoll Loop

MODERATE 18 reviews

Vista Knoll Loop is a 0.9 mile loop trail located near Leander, Texas and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

0.9 miles
223 feet


no dogs

Scenic views of Lake Travis, varied terrain and good wildlife viewing potential. This is a slightly longer trail in the Warbler Vista area of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Unlike the Cactus Rocks trail, there are no interpretive markers along the route. However, it is still a nice trail to hike, with changes from open to wooded areas, and great views of Lake Travis in the distance. Because this is a NWR, no pets, bikes, or off-trail exploring are allowed. Park hours are sunrise-sunset.

2 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.

4 months ago

short but very nice view

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don't see anything from Rt 1431.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nice hike, took plenty of water.

Friday, June 24, 2016

This is on my way home so it's easy to stop off and spend an hour doing a light workout and decompress. It's not too hard and has awesome views. If you happen to be there when the sun is setting it's very pretty.

Friday, April 29, 2016

I love all of the trails at the Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge. the Vista Knoll Trail is moderate with Rocky Terrain and a gorgeous view of parts of Lake Travis. Completely worth the 26 mile drive from my house.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Very nice.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Loved the views, trail had good markings pretty clear path and benches really great trail definitely worth the drive!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This 0.5 mile loop is only worth the trip if you also hike the Cactus Rock (1.5 mile) and the Ridgeline (1.4 mile) as all three come together at one point. The Ridgeline is probably the most technical of the three but all provide good canopy and views. It's a nice hike. We ended up hiking 3.78 miles in total in just over 1 hr and 50 min. No pets are allowed.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Moderate hike nice view of Lake Travis. But in the future the view could be marred by the 1800 home sub division and commercial development proposed for that area. :-(

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