Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Heather Valey
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Heather Valey
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
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Address

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

Every day
Sunrise to Sunset
(Today's sunrise is 07:21 am and sunset is 05:33 pm)

Creative Research Center Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fees

Donations Accepted

Acreage

227 acres

Activities and Amenities

Artist in residence
Educational programs
Hiking trails
Classroom and meeting space
Portable toilets
Research
No Reservations required

Know Before You Go

Amenities

There is no electricity or drinking water.

Educational Programs and Events

Wild Basin offers educational events, guided hikes for the public and school groups, volunteer workdays, and classroom space. For more information about these resources, please contact: wbasin@stedwards.edu, call 512-327-7622, or see this website.

Rules

The following are prohibited:

  • Bikes
  • Camping
  • Collection of sticks, rocks, or artifacts
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Ground fires
  • Hiking outside of designated trails
  • Picnics
  • Pets
  • Picnicking except on deck of Creative Research Center
  • Public display of consumption of alcohol
  • Swimming
  • Tobacco products

For more information, view the Parks Rules and Safety page.

About

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is managed as part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) 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).

The BCP encompasses more than 31,000 acres of endangered species habitat owned by Travis County, the City of Austin, The Nature Conservancy, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Travis Audubon Society, and private landowners. The BCP represents a regional effort to balance protection of endangered species habitat with economic development. For more information about BCP, contact BCCP@traviscountytx.gov.

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.

Rare Plant Survey and General Plant Inventory