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- 0 0Published on Sep 09, 2015
Don’t have any plans this weekend? Why not take a small getaway to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge located near Austin, Texas? Balcones Canyonlands is only about an hour away from the center of Austin. This breathtaking refuge has an incredible forest backdrop for some beautiful scenic views. If you want to get out and explore, we suggest you take a trip to Balcones Canyonlands and relax away the worries of work for the weekend.
History of the Balcones Canyonlands
The name “Balcones” translates from spanish to balconies and was named after the limestone terraces that are visible in the refuge. These incredible limestone terraces were formed over 60 million years ago when Texas was just a shallow sea teeming with fish and other wildlife. You can find arrowheads and chipped rocks that give us a glimpse into the past when the Balcones Canyonlands were inhibited by aboriginals who hunted and gathered in the area. During the late seventeenth century the Apaches and Comanches moved onto the Edwards Plateau, here they had to defend their territories by the settlers who had migrated to Texas after 1848 which was the end of the Mexican War.
During the end of the 1800’s isolated communities lived as “cedar cutters” and cotton farmers to earn a living until about the 1940’s when the ranching economy exploded. The creation of paved roads brought visitors to the Colorado River dam reservoirs. When you drive the perimeter of the refuge you’ll find old homesteads and one-room schoolhouses from long ago.
About the Balcones Canyonlands Refuge
The rough terrain of the refuge has a combination of old Ashe juniper and Oak woodlands provides a home to the golden-cheeked warbler. Many endangered songbirds depend on specialized habitats to thrive and make a living for them and their young. In the wake of human development, their places of living has grown fewer day by day. The Balcones Canyonlands Refuge plays a vital role in preserving and restoring these endangered songbirds’ homes.
Beneath the songbirds’ habit lies an enchanting world of caves, rivers and sinkholes. This underworld labyrinth is inhabited by night creatures such as Ringtail cats and raccoons, which use the cave entrances as shelter. The Edwards Aquifer lies deep within the caves and is the source of many Central Texas springs and Hill country rivers. Trees such as the sycamore, hackberry, oak and elm provide shelter to many of the migratory birds in the area. The refuge is home to 245 species of birds who either stay all year round or just for a couple seasons. This refuge is great for birdwatchers to come see them in their natural habitat, undisturbed by man made structures. The Balcones Canyonlands has been recognized by the American bird Conservancy and its significant role in conserving the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, as well as their natural habitats.
You can see many other types of animals at the refuge besides birds. There is a vast variety of mammals, amphibians, and insects; as well as a wide array of plants at the refuge. When visiting the refuge you can take a hike down many of the nature trails and watch wildlife. If you are an avid hunter the refuge also offers seasonal hunting opportunities to the public. There are also many special events hosted throughout the year for all ages including guided nature walks, workshops and festivals.
If you want to plan a trip to the Balcones Canyonlands, you can check out this nearby camping area to stay at. Right at the edge of the refuge you’ll find the Coldwater Creek RV Park of Marble Falls Texas. All sites here are full hook up, with water, sewer and 30/50 amp electric. The facility offers incredible views, a 2,000 square foot clubhouse with huge kitchen facilities, nature trails, a specialized butterfly garden, peach, plum, citrus, nectarine and fig trees, as well as a vegetable garden.
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