Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Description:Come and enjoy over 3 miles of hiking trails through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats. Bring the entire family to enjoy Austin's natural treasure: Wild Basin. Year-round family events, workshops, children's programs, and weekend hikes available to learn about native plants, animals, geology or astronomy. Go Wild at Wild Basin!
A D D R E S S
Address 1:805 N. Capitol of Texas Highway
Address 2:
City:Austin
State/Province:TX
Zip Code:78746
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Environmental Education Center Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Trail Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Admission:$2 adults
$1 seniors (65+) and children 5 - 16
children under 5 free
Telephone:(512) 327-7622
Website:www.wildbasin.org
R E V I E W S
Camille North, Co-op Member
Wild Basin is a small but lovely preserve with several miles of hiking trails. Although it's a short, easy drive from downtown, the location makes you feel like you're far away from the city--that is, if you couldn't hear the highway that's nearby.

The preserve doesn't allow picnics, dogs, bicycles, or motorcycles on the trails, so you will rarely see trash, and the trails stay immaculately maintained. The trails also have mounted numbers in specific locations that correspond to an informational brochure, so you can pick a trail and learn a bit about the flora and fauna native to the region.

There are a number of trails that intertwine, including an easy-walking trail (doable, if difficult, for a wheelchair or a stroller) and a harder trail with steep descents and rocky climbs (the name "Triknee Trail" attests to its nature).

A relaxing bench is nestled by a charming small waterfall, and its creek winds through the preserve. The longer trails cross this creek several times.

Wild Basin is a favorite of our family because it's a short drive from our house and an easy destination for a quick hike. It's rarely crowded, and we know we'll be able to see and hear wildlife on almost every occasion. In an hour, we can take a 3-mile hike in the woods without driving for several hours.

Take note: when hiking in the summer, be sure to bring a hat and water. Parts of the trails have no shade.
Elizabeth D., Co-op Member
The guides for the guided hikes are very good, they know a lot about the local plants, animals, and geology. Wild Basin offers excellent classes as well. If you go for the hike, ensure that everyone is a good hiker/in good shape. These trails are not easy, they are in a relitively natural state and quite steep.
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