For the outdoor enthusiast or the casual sunbather, Milton Reimers Ranch is the best of the Texas Hill Country. Located just a quick 30-40 minute drive from downtown Austin, this place feels like a world away!
About Reimers Ranch
This gorgeous property once belonged to fourth generation Texas rancher, Milton Reimers. He often opened his doors as a private park to rock climbers, mountain bikers and fisherman since the site sits along three miles of the Pedernales River. The property now covers almost 2,500 acres and includes over 13 miles of hiking trails, beautiful limestone bluffs and miles of river to swim and fish in.
The Reimers Ranch parcel is already well known and well loved by many park users. The sizeable Central Texas rock-climbing community views Reimers Ranch as a destination with world-class rock climbing. The active local mountain biking community likewise enjoys Reimers Ranch’s over 18 miles of trails through the classic Central Texas landscape. Local anglers have come to Reimers’ for generations to fish for white bass in the Pedernales River. The Pogue Springs Preserve/Hogge Reserve component of the land acquisition is less known but equally spectacular with Pedernales River frontage, deep canyons and panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country.
Things to Do at Reimers Ranch
Hiking & Biking
Reimers Ranch has over 18 miles of trails, some of which are specific to hiking or mountain biking, as well as mixed-use trails. There are options for a variety of experience and fitness levels, but it is always recommended to wear sturdy shoes and bring water! Mountain bike trails can close after significant rain to maintain their integrity. Check the Travis County Parks website before you travel.
The park is perhaps most well known for it's world-class rock climbing. The area's large limestone features make it a great spot for bouldering. Just don't forget your gear!
Swimming & Fishing
Situated along 3 miles of continuous frontage of the Pedernales River, the park is a perfect place to dip your toes or your lure into the water. Please keep in mind that the hike from the parking lot to the water is about .25 miles down a steep grade, but the trek is well worth it! Anglers can find a bounty of white bass and families with littles will find the slow moving and shallow waters perfect for splashing around.
The park also has an astronomical observatory and program where visitors can view a starry sky. Reservations are required. Learn more about the Reimers Observatory and regular programming on the Travis County Parks website.
The park's lush and hilly ecosystem makes it a great place for spotting Texas native bird species. Pack your binoculars and expect to see a variety of birds sprinkled throughout the park's many habitats. Be on the lookout for migrant species and wintering sparrows when the weather gets cool.
Admission, Parking and Accessibility
The park is kid, picnic and pet friendly (please keep furry friends on a leash!). The park does not take reservations and is first come, first served. Daily park use costs $5 per person, with discounted rates for seniors, children under the age of 12 and disabled veterans. Reimers Ranch is cash only. The park is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to civil twilight.
Travis County Parks makes it their goal to ensure that people with disabilities can take full advantage of the park and facilities. Please call the park's main office at 512-854-7275 if you or someone you're traveling with need special accommodations, or if you have questions about accessibility at the park.
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