Wildlife and Wildflowers

What There is to See
These areas do not necessarily involve spending time on or in the water (although some do), but they do present terrific opportunities to view and photograph birds, bats, butterflies, quadrupeds, other flightless critters of various configurations, Hill Country terrain and, of course, the glorious wildflowers of this portion of Central Texas.


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1871 Crossing

There is good access to the water and the parking is OK at this crossing of the Llano River located southwest of Mason. This could be a fun play area when the water is up or you could come here for some wade fishing. You also might be able to use this as a put […]

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700 Springs Ranch

This 13,000-acre ranch is located south of Telegraph and has five miles of river frontage. In addition to wildlife viewing, the ranch offers fishing and kayaking opportunities. Did we mention the five miles of river frontage? The springs really are a sight to behold when they are gushing. Best to call first to make arrangements […]

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Animal World and Snake Farm

Come on, like we were not going to include at least one snake farm. Located a short distance south of New Braunfels, take exit 182 from IH 35. They have many animals on display and you probably will have more than a few good photo ops while you are here. Sundays at 3:00 is alligator […]

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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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The grounds of the 1890 Methodist church sometimes are full of bluebonnets when local conditions are favorable. Art is located on State Highway 29 between Mason and Llano.

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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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Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve

This 125 acre preserve offers nine trails through different habitats – dry dessert like, hills typical of the Texas Hill Country with over 300 Madrone trees and 37 native grasses, and a canyon with pond – built by the Pipe Creek -, with big Spanish oaks and Escarpment cherries and 200 year old junipers. You […]

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Blanco Shoals

This is an 81 acre natural area located mostly west of the Blanco River, just below the bridge at IH35 in San Marcos. Blanco Shoals is unique in that it is an undeveloped riparian area, which is projected to remain that way except for a few trails to be built. This area contains high bank […]

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Block Creek Natural Area

This natural area sits upon 400 acres on two ranches off of Old Highway No. 9 south of Fredericksburg. They have cleared most of the juniper/cedar off the property which means there typically is water flowing onsite. Those pesky junipers drink a lot of water and you really can tell the difference in stream flows […]

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