Rocky trail--wear proper boots. My favorite because it is close to my home and not crowded! Some hikers and bikers go the wrong way though (the signs are small). THANKS to bikers who really YIELD to hikers. However, about 1/3 of the bikers I meet don't blink and eye and expect me to yield to them!
Bikers YIELD to HIKERS !!!!!
Not a beginner bike trail. This is more of a beginner/intermediate bike trail. There were more rocks and ledges than expected. I would not bring kids here with there bikes either. I am rehabbing my knee with biking and the rocks were too much for me at this time. Not a lot of people out which is nice. Bikers are to ride clockwise and horses and hikers are to walk counter clockwise.
We have been in the neighborhood for 22 years and love Dick Nichols Park. As it does, Austin's growth has placed development next to the park in the form of Medical Buildings and Elderly Care Centers or the like. Can't stop growth, but the development tore a big whole in the backside of the park. Once a totally natural trail with no visual hint of the roads, buildings and Mopac. Sadly to say, a large portion is now open to a view of Mopac, a retaining wall and a three story building going up. Again, we can't stop growth, however due to an "oversight" in the construction process, and significant treeline was leveled that could have shielded much of the new "nuisance". I would like to rally support to have the development, banks involved, companies going in, to be aware of this. End goal would be a mutual agreement that trees or at least shrubs and fast growing native bushes could be planted to help keep the park and the trail as natural as possible.
Please forward this message to any concerned. Thank you.
For recovering, rehabbing, need an easy 1 mile loop, (I know it says it's 2 miles, I just finished it, gps has it 1.11 mile loop), it perfect...you have a good flat, can walk on the side if you don't care the concrete, you can get that wilderness walk feel without going out in the back country. Get your steps in. Plenty places to stop, stretch, rest along the way. Easy but challenging for anybody recovering from a surgery or back problems.
biggest downside, but completely fixable for a next time: I was ill prepared for the incredible rockiness and wasn't in good trail shoes.
Positives: it's a low use trail, so it's quiet & not crowded. The trail itself is good and there are few places in South Austin to find a 5 mile loop to trail run.
Negatives: it's a bit dry & dusty - not the type of landscape ypu find in one of the many Austin greenbelt trails.