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dogs on leash
Great trail right out of zilker park. The surface is varied. Large parts of it are too rough to run, but when it's smooth it's fantastic. Great trees. Pretty water. Cliffs with rock climbers. So convenient to downtown Austin. Nice break from trails around town lake. We like loose dogs.
Cassie O. on Red Bud Isle Trail
if you're looking to hike or be there longer than 30 minutes don't go here. but for a quick run with the dog it's perfect ! just wish parking didn't have only 20 spots for everyone
Most of the recordings are wrong. Stillhouse Nature Preserve is on Sterling Dr near Mesa and Spicewood Springs rd.
The trail is paved, with lots of benches, and is a trivial walk. It does have a nice scenic overlook at the end, and I spotted several deer. On the flip side, you can often see apartments from the trail and most of the cedar woods are dead from blight or drought. A very short walk. (edited to reflect that the directions have been updated)
Totally acceptable nature walk in town. Great to get a couple miles in, or more if you have to retrace your steps to find your phone (like I did). I definitely recommend parking at the Fox Way trailhead. There's a cul de sac, and as previously mentioned, a trash can here and as far as I could tell, the only place to park a car. I encountered one other person on a Wednesday morning, some squirrels, butterflies and mosquitoes. It was lovely and aok!
For those to whom it matters, I had full cell service on AT&T the entire time.
This trail is ok as a quick lunchtime walk or hike. In parts it is somewhat overgrown. It sees light traffic judging by the number of spider webs and lack of foot prints on the path. There is plenty of evidence of wild life, but I did not see any on this trip. This trail is probably a lot better after a good rain so that the several creeks and run offs would be full of running water. This time of the year it is bone dry. Lots of elevation changes makes this a worthwhile quick exercise path.
Supposedly there is a path back to Steck at the first creek crossing, but I missed it in my initial exploration. I'll try to get back out there and find it soon.
went with the dogs, it's a bit of an ankle breaker at times, especially with a puller and there's a few places where you need to almost climb up rocks. we went after it rained so part of the trail was flooded and or slippery. but the views are great ands it's a solid hike. decent distance, although the section that's on the road is weird, watch out for cars.
Visited Austin for the day. Randomly picked this trail to walk. Started at the small boardwalk area and saw all the fish turtles and swan. Then took off down the trail. The path is narrow and a mixture of logs dirt and stones. But there was plenty to look at and,a nice little challenge.
Nat s. on Riverplace Nature Trail
great hiking trail. good elevation changes, nice natural environment, friendly folks along the trail.
a good workout ... I will be back just for the workout.
figure about 3 hours out and back for the full trail.