If you view the map of the park, you will see the Scenic Overlook at the top center of the page, which is near the eastern perimeter of the park just south of the river. We walked from our campsite to the primitive camping parking area. As soon as we entered the trail, we came across one of the 4 bird blinds in the park, the Juniper Blind.
I visited two blinds while at the park, and both were equipped with fresh water sources and bird seed for the birds in the viewing area. Inside the blinds themselves, bird books and bird cards were available to assist with identifying the birds. The park also makes available a field checklist entitled Birds of South Llano River and Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area. This checklist is available on the park's website.
After our brief stop at the bird blind, we continued on the trail. Just beyond the blind, the trail intersects with a paved road. We would be on pavement for almost the entire hike. The Fawn Trail also follows the pavement for a short distance, but soon veers south.
|It's been a long, long time since this low-water crossing has seen any water.|
|Redbud in bloom about halfway up the scenic overlook trail; note the paved road that was our trail.|
|View from the top. That is our campground below. Views stretch for miles.|
|Those are native pecan trees, and these trees are what attract the turkeys. The river is along the far edge of the trees. The exposed limestone in the left center is where the highway is cut.|
|The trail down. Our trail winds off to the right and curves around the base of the hill, to the right of where the water tank is visible at the end of another road.|
|That is the hill we were atop of a few minutes ago.|
|Park headquarters located in a former ranch house.|
Total length for this hike, including walking from and to our campsite, was probably no more than 3 miles.