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805 North Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746
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Hours of Operation

Sunrise to Sunset, 7 days a week

Creative Research Center
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Preserve Fees

None, Donations Accepted

Travis County Parks

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

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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 serves both the visiting public and facilitates student education and research at Wild Basin.

Wild Basin provides habitat for the endangered Golden–cheeked warbler as well as many other native plant and wildlife species. It also contributes to clean air and water and provides a unique opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about nature.


Trails are accessible daily from sunrise to sunset. The Wild Basin Creative Research Center is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Parking and restrooms are available. Wild Basin also offers educational events, guided hikes for the public and school groups, volunteer workdays, and classroom space. For more information about these resources, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (512)327-7622.

Special Notes

Bikes, pets, smoking, and picnics are all prohibited at Wild Basin.