Hike through the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

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The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve offers 2.5 miles of trails as well as the The Creative Research Center operated by St. Edwards University. Bikes, pets, smoking, and picnics are all prohibited at Wild Basin.

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is managed as part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and consists of 227 acres of beautiful Hill Country woodlands owned jointly by Travis County (164.4 acres) and St. Edwards University (62.6 acres). Wild Basin is open to visitors who can hike the 2.5 miles of trails and can visit the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. The Creative Research Center, which is owned and operated by St. Edwards University, functions as the information and welcome hub of Wild Basin. It's located off of HWY 360 and is not pet friendly.

Distance

2.5 Miles RT

Type

Loop

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Wild Basin Preserve

The waterfall is great after rain in Austin and lots of people come on the trail to take pictures. Dogs are not allowed on the trail, FYI.

Nice hike, "waterfall" is underwhelming

I thought the waterfall was going to be bigger, haha

Not For Me

It was gorgeous. Good views. Excellent sunset. Nice to see stars so close to the city. But it's extremely well maintained. To the point where it felt more like a walk in the park than a hike. The "trail" was essentially paved. And they have cameras to make sure you stay on the trail, which while I understand the purpose, I'm not a fan of. Excellent spot for a date or someone looking for a casual nature walk, but just not my kind of hike.

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