"I hear him over there!" Birdwatchers exclaim in hushed whispers as a black-capped vireo pops up from the shin oak thicket. Hidden within the observation deck, the visitors gaze through binoculars at their first sighting of the rare songbird only 20 feet away. Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best birdwatching and habitat left in Texas for two endangered songbirds - the black-capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler. Less than an hour from Austin, visitors can step off the streets into the wilds of the Texas Hill Country.
The refuge is 30 minutes from Austin. Take U.S. Highway 183 north from Austin, then go west on FM 1431 to Lago Vista to reach the southern end. Or continue on Hwy. 10 more miles to Seward Junction and follow, State Hwy. 29 two miles to Liberty Hill. Take FM 1869 approximately 9 miles to reach the observation deck.
24518 FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654
Interpretive Programs Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing
FWS - Fish and Wildlife Service