Onion Creek Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Del Valle, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Bikers, joggers, and hikers share this long loop around the park as it winds through the shady banks of Onion Creek and past more ruins from the homestead.
It's pretty easy trail and is mostly paved the entire way. Have a couple of cool sites along the way.
Nice loop. Paved all the way so easy access.
Onion Creek Park is actually two parks: Dog park and a Horse park. The dog park starts at the playground and runs a trail about a mile long. Midway down the trail there is a trail to the left to the river. A great place for the dogs to play -- the river is only a few inches deep here. On the other side is the equestrian area. Bikers and hikers can go here also. Miles and miles of trails. Warning: Stay on the trails! There are areas that look like nice meadows but actually they are boggy. Since this area is surrounded by the river, it often gets flooded. You can see flood debris in the bushes and trees 10-12 feet up. A local equestrian group cleans up and maintains the trails. Horse trailer parking consists of just pulling over next to the curb to park. Fantastic place to ride especially during the summer Texas heat because lots of the area is tree covered.
Texas Parks and Wildlife calls this the Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail. This 2.8 mile loop trail crosses the park road less than 1/2 a mile from the park entrance (near the McKinney horse trainers cabin). Walking anti-clockwise the trail passes the upper falls - a really scenic part of Onion Creek, and then follows the creek upstream for maybe 3/4 of a mile. Plenty of picnic tables to relax in the shade of the Live Oak and Bald Cypress trees. This is a really pretty part of the trail. The trail then moves away from the creek up a slight incline as it works it's way back to the cabin. Great trail for an easy walk, bike ride or pushing a stroller. Unfortunately a lot of people don't pick-up after their dogs.
The entire trail is paved and pretty level throughout. A lot of post-flood debris blocked the view of the creek for the most part. Saw a few whitetail deer along the way. Not a bad trail but not as beautiful as the homestead trail.
First of all, the driving directions I got from the app onto my iPhone were incorrect. The entrance to the park is not through the golf course but down Stassney Rd. on McKinney Falls Parkway past the park headquarters. The northwest portion of the trail is through several picnic areas, so it's not too scenic, but there is a great portion by the Upper McKinney Falls that makes for a great dip in the water after finishing. The rest of the way is a concrete path through moderate terrain. Not a bad little trail the rest of the way!
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My dog and I just hiked this, great trail but be careful! We were turned around by a Diamondback Rattlesnake about halfway through. He was just off to the side about 2 feet from us. We had to slowly back away and find another route. Other than that it was a beautiful hike!
Wide paved partly shady trail, good for bicyclists, runners, and family hikers (if your children can do the 2.8 miles.) Lots of wildflowers can be seen in the spring. There are a few rest benches on the trail.
The hike begins at the Smith visitor center. A natural pool of the falls area of Onion Creek is visible is in front of the visitor center. Wind through the picnic and primitive camping areas of the park. At 0.5 miles the woods get thick and you get closer to the creek. Continue on the main path as it makes a steep climb away from the creek. At 1.7 miles take the trail to the right at the fork. In the spring, this area is highly used by deer birthing their fawns.