Southeast Metro is off the beaten path and therefore, you have a good chance of having it to yourself. It's very hilly but manageable and not as rocky as trails on Austin's west side. It is a shady woodland with two small lakes and a dry creek bed (or at least it was when I was there).
Nice get away from the city, saw only 2 people on the trail. Definitely a nice, easy-moderate 2.2mile loop, not in and out. A few benches by the water to stop and take in the sounds of nature. The air smelled like poop most of the trail (?) which didn't feel fresh. But this PNW girl is used to the smell of pine trees in the mountains.
Kristen A. on Southeast Metropolitan Park Primiti...
Pretty scenic hike, nice length for a chill trail. Definitely watch out for a fallen tree in the path, but super nice that it was a secluded go about.
The primitive trail is more of a moderate hike than an easy one. If you have mobility issues, I would stick to the multi-use paved trail (2 mi) which is ADA compliant and great for bikes/skates/strollers. This map is showing 2.2 miles in/out, but it is indeed a loop. My GPS gave me 2.31 in a loop from parking lot and back around. The map at the trail head says it's a 2.2 mi loop with a .1 mi trail leading to the loop, so expect ~2.3mi with a lot of elevation change. Since we've had a bit of rain and flooding, the trail is a bit run down so watch out for fallen trees and roots sticking out! The bridges are all fun: they seem rickety, but totally stable. Over all, a fun hike with nice scenic spots and plenty of spots to sit, rest, and enjoy the view.
Devaki K. on Southeast Metropolitan Park Primiti...
Loved this trail and so did my dog! Only passed one other person on the loop, which is my kind of hike. Looking forward to going back!.
We visited this park in late April when a large variety of wild flowers were in bloom ... very pretty. We never saw any other people while on the trail. There were a couple of nice scenic views with downtown Austin in the background. The trail is very well maintained. You can do the entire loop in less than an hour.
I hiked this with my dog and 5 month old on a beautiful Saturday. We had it all to ourselves. Very well-marked trail. Goes past two little ponds. Great for dogs and kids. There are some cobwebs to get through, but it wasn't too bad when I went.