Balcones Canyonlands Preserve

The Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) is one of the nation’s largest urban preserves, protecting more than 32,000 acres of endangered species habitat. It is a system of preserves managed by a diverse group of public and private partners; the majority is managed by Travis County and the City of Austin.

Several of the trails established in Steiner Ranch go through the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (J-Canyon, Powerline Hill, and Eastridge trails).

Trails on the BCP can only be accessed at the approved trailheads, which are marked with green signs installed by the SRMA. Users must stay on the approved trails at all times.

The BCP was created in 1996 to protect habitat for eight endangered species: two migratory songbirds called the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, and six karst invertebrates found in caves. The black-capped vireo was removed from the federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in May 2018. The BCP continues to provide habitat for this rare bird as well as the seven still-endangered species and 27 species of concern found on the preserve.


To find out where the BCP is exactly located and for more information about guided hike or volunteering opportunities, click HERE.

To visit the website of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, click HERE.