Stephenson Preserve Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Relatively easy hike through open areas and some wooded sections The scenery on this hike is typical for Austin. Most of the trail is open area with different grasses and weeds growing. There are also sections of trail that wind through cedar-wooded areas. In some spots, you will see remnants of old rock walls as in other greenbelts in Austin. The trails in this preserve do not appear to be maintained, so some sections are well-defined, while others are difficult to really follow well. It is extremely easy to get lost with all of the criss-crossing trails, so a GPS receiver with tracking enabled is a good idea. Also, people ride motorcycles on these trails, so keep your eyes and ears open for them. The path I took was not really planned, I just randomly chose which way to go at the many trail intersections,
Don't bother with any rain in site. No direction. Just a bunch of shoot off trails.
This is a great little pocket of hills and trees and wildlife in the middle of a city.
We live in the neighborhood and walk the trails of Stephenson almost daily. There are dozens of criss-crossing trails that can either lead to great adventure or confusing frustration, depending on your attitude. You can have walks of a mile or follow the meanders and turn at the intersections and put in four miles or more. We've seen all kinds of wildlife: deer, rabbits, hundreds of butterflies, snakes, lizards, etc. A very enjoyable place.
Charming, enchanting forest with magical mystical winding roads where you'll meet a real corpse of a dead dragon, as well as a land nymph made of barbed wire. Often the colors and the terrain changes and there are many forks, (do take them as Yogi advises). But beware of the forest trolls who live in the caves. Avoid the golden path into the ethereal space or you'll be lost forever.
Mostly a walk around the park, very little trail, and not easy to see what trail there was. We walked all the way around and only covered a mile. The park backs right up to houses, so the path is sandwiched between. Not sure how anyone got 2 miles, pretty much misrepresented. Not going back again.
This is a great area to hike or bike. You need a decent sturdy mountain bike for rocks, ruts, and bumps but it makes for an easy hike. I find this trail best for rides after a light rain. There are areas of loose sand that can cause you to lose traction as well as many hard lumps left in the dried mud after heavy rains. Light rain packs down the sand and softens the bumps. After a heavy rain this course becomes a slop-fest and is nearly impossible to ride. This is NOT a leash free area. The area appears to be an old farm and there is barbed wire everywhere plus many wild animals like snakes, deer, raccoons and coyotes that could harm your pet. My dog loves this place but I keep her leashed. We've already had a deer chasing adventure turn into 34 stitches on account of barbed wire in the nature preserve north of Wm Cannon. Lesson learned.
Excellent hike. Kids enjoyed it. No trail markers but all trails end at the park. Enjoy it.
Not actually a dog park though people treat it as such. It's actually supposed to be a preserve. I've been charged by off-leash dogs here. There are many unofficial trails in Stephenson and the adjacent Longview Park (which has the athletic field and playground).