While the Barton Creek Greenbelt is urban Austin’s main trail running, hiking, mountain biking, and climbing destination, a little more travel time will take you to another one of Austin's outdoor gems: Reimer’s Ranch. This 2400-acre park boasts over 18 miles of single track plus some dirt roads, which are excellent for trail running, hiking, and especially mountain biking.
What Makes It Great
Also blessed with plenty of access to the Pedernales River, Reimer’s Ranch offers excellent fishing for White Bass, and a few good swimming holes to cool off in. 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.
As for climbing, many Central Texas climbers travel to Reimer's from all over Texas. With deep canyons, crevasses, overhangs, and riverside cliffs, the limestone found at Reimer's provides some great routes as well as some outstanding hill country views. The rock at Reimer's is generally sharper than the rock at the Barton Creek Greenbelt, which makes it much more enjoyable as a weekend crag destination. During the summer months, be sure to check out the recently developed North Shore area just down the road from Reimer's Proper. The North Shore stays in the shade for the most of the day and tends to be more enjoyable during the summer.
Who is Going to Love It
Reimer's Ranch is a great getaway destination for families, hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, rock climbers, and anyone just looking to get out of the city. If you're new to the park, the park ranger will provide you with a map at the entrance of the park.
Birding tours are also available between October and April.
If you're looking to get to Lake Travis from the Reimer's Proper parking lot, come prepared with proper hiking shoes, as the descent can be steep and slippery. Be careful when walking across wet rock, and always be aware of your surroundings. There may be rock climbers climbing overhead or people standing below in the cave, so be careful to avoid kicking rocks down as you're walking.
Reimer's contains a variety of routes for climbers at every level, with routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.14 with a variety of vertical and overhanging routes. The weekends tend to be packed with new and experienced climbers, so get out early if you want to beat the crowds.
For more detailed information about specific climbing routes, click here.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Head south on Mopac (TX-1 Loop), and take the exit toward US 290/Texas 71/Southwest Pkwy.
Head west on Southwest Parkway for 7 miles, then turn right onto TX-71 West.
Stay on TX-71 for 11 miles, then turn left onto Hamilton Pool Road.
Continue on Hamilton Pool Road for 11 miles.
Reimer's will be on the right.
From San Antonio:
Take IH-35 North toward Austin, and take exit 202.
Turn left onto FM 3047/Wonder World Dr.
Continue onto Ranch Road 12 N for 36 miles.
Turn left on Hamilton Pool Road, and continue for 5 miles.
Reimer's will be located on the right side of the road.
Parking is free upon entry to the park and indicated with signs. Overflow parking for Reimer's Proper is located in the grass near the Reimer's Proper parking lot.
The park is open from 8am til sunset every day. Standard Travis County Park day use fee is $10 per car – remember this gets you into any other county park for the whole day – Hamilton Pool is right next door and should not be missed if you have the time!
You are welcome to carpool to save money, or buy a Travis County Annual Parks Pass for $100 at the entrance of the park if you're a local.
Camping is no longer allowed at Reimer's Ranch, but if you're looking for a place to camp nearby, check out the locally-owned Rock Dog Campground.
Dogs must remain on a leash at all times. Park rangers will walk around on busy days trying to catch you without your dog on a leash, so just keep them on-leash at all times.