Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Doeskin Ranch

We have about five miles of foot trails at Doeskin Ranch Public Use Area (Doeskin Ranch Public Use Area Lines). It is open year-round from sunrise to sunset (except during a few weekends in the fall for public hunts). The easiest trail to walk is the 0.4 mile Pond and Prairie Trail followed by the 0.6 mile Creek Trail. An interpretive brochure is available for the Creek Trail. The Rimrock Trail offers a vigorous 2.2 mile hike up through some Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat and onto the plateau top. Hikers must stay on trail surfaces because it is in endangered species habitat. By taking the adjacent ½ mile Shin Oak Trail, visitors can continue seeing panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country. In the hilly back country, the Indiangrass Trail offers 1.5 miles of solitude in prairie, field, and forest. Doeskin Ranch was designated as a National Recreation Trail in June 2005.


Doeskin Ranch is on RR 1174. If you are coming from the south, Doeskin Ranch is about 1.5 miles north of the intersection of RR 1174 and Cow Creek/County Road 328. Cow Creek Road is a slower and scenic drive, but if there has been recent and significant rainfall, the several creek crossings may be under water. If you are coming from the north, Doeskin Ranch is 2.3 south of the intersection of RR 1174 and RR 1869. Doeskin Ranch is on the east side of the road.