Pretty prairie & hills landscape, especially nice creek

Big Muhly grasses along the creek spur trail
Big Muhly grasses along the creek spur trail
User: plectrudis - 2/18/2017

Location: Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 3point5stars  Solitude: 3point5stars
Miles Hiked: 4.26 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A


Doeskin Ranch has lots of nice grasslands, as well as some very pretty sections along the creek.  I always drive in along Cow Creek Rd to really soak in the creek views.  The park is roughly on two levels--you park and begin on the lower level, then hike up to a plateau, then some more hills, back to the plateau, and then back down to your car.

The stretch up to the hill is a bit of a gasper (for me), but otherwise, it's a fairly moderate trail, with lots of good hill country landscape flavor.

Log Photos
Big Muhly grasses along the creek spur trail
Sycamore by the creek
Area around Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch
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