Hiking Trails

Hit The Trail
One of the purest forms of enjoying the great outdoors is to put on a pair of hiking boots or shoes and take a walk-about in the campgrounds, parks, recreation areas and private ranches located out in the hills of Central Texas. Hiking not only provides a great form of low-impact exercise, it also gives you fabulous opportunities to explore the rugged terrain of the Texas Hill Country where you can go to enjoy some nature photography or birding. Remember not to over do it if you haven’t been hiking in a while and always take plenty of water. Also, it is probably a good idea to obtain information from the site owner regarding the change in elevation that accompanies each of the trails. The last thing you want to do is to tote your dear old granny on a trail with you that has a 2,000′ change in elevation.

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777 Ranch

Fishing and photo safaris are available at this private 15,000 acre ranch located outside of Hondo. They also allow hunting here so be sure to call and check into available activities. While you are out this way you might want to consider contacting the folks at the Quihi Gun Club to see if there is […]

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Andy’s on River Road

This place is located at the intersection of River Road (CR 348) and State Hwy 127 in picturesque Concan. Andy’s offers camping spaces and they can make arrangements for tube and kayak rentals in case you want to take a trip down the fabulous Frio River. Be sure to check with them about their shuttle […]

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Aquarena Center

Previously the home of Ralph the Swimming Pig and co-ed mermaids, this site is now owned by Texas State University and is an environmental learning center. The Center is located at the San Marcos Springs, one of the largest springs in Texas and the water supply source for the splendiferous San Marcos River. The Center […]

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Arkansas Bend

This isolated 320-acre Travis County park has about two miles of lake frontage on the banks of Lake Travis. The park is not as heavily used as some of the other parks on the lake and it offers primitive camping (bring water), swimming, fishing and there is a shaded campground located along a bluff. There […]

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Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

The primary purpose of this refuge is to protect habitat for Golden-Cheeked Warblers and Black-Capped Vireos and other bird species. Lots of winged creatures and various types of mammals inhabit this refuge so there are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities up here. The preserve contains about five miles of hiking trails and has an observation […]

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Bamberger Ranch Preserve

This is a 5,500 acre privately owned restoration project that houses a man made bat cave, hiking/nature trails, dinosaur tracks and areas for swimming and fishing. Truly an amazing commitment to restoring what had been over-grazed rangeland. Black-Capped Vireo and Golden-Cheeked Warbler nest here as well. The preserve also hosts an annual Wildflower Field Day […]

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Bar-M Ranch

Located about 2 miles outside of Bandera this ranch provides rides ranging from 1 to 5 hours. The ranch also offers overnight stays at a cabin and hiking trails are available alongside creeks on the property. Contact owners to obtain additional information. You will be close to the Bandera Saloon if you need to wet […]

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Barefoot Camp

This camp is on a privately owned ranch with miles and miles of Colorado River frontage just east of Bend off of FM 580.  With all that frontage you should be able to find some nice swimming holes and camping areas.  There is plenty of space for primitive camping (no water/no electricity), and some of the best […]

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Barton Creek Greenbelt

Miles of trails are available for hiking and mountain biking in one of Austin’s favorite locations known by the locals as simply the greenbelt. If you are taking the bike out be sure to contact the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to get information because the trails range from relatively flat to pretty technical in […]

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Bastrop State Park

IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT HEARD, APPROXIMATLEY HALF OF THE PARK SUSTAINED FIRE DAMAGE IN THE LABOR DAY FIRE THAT TOOK PLACE NEAR BASTROP.  CHECK WITH THE PARK OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.  OK, OK, so this park isn’t in the Hill Country. We know all about that, but we had to include it because it […]

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