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Great trail to escape and hike with the pups! Very good trail with plenty of room to walk 3-dogs wide. Trail is great because you get a good deal of variety. You get a mix of rocky (large and small), wooded terrain, and then some nice views of the lake on top of the bluffs.
Its not going to challenge you and get your heart rate up very high, but its a decent workout if you keep a good pace.

backpacking
6 days ago

Great trail for a 1 or 2 night backpacking trip. I parked at Cedar Breaks Trailhead on the inside of the gate. There is parking outside the gate, but the attendant said it would be safer inside. The sign denotes fees, but if you tell them you’re hiking the loop, they’ll let you in for free. I hiked the trail clockwise and stayed at Sawyer Hollow camp night 1 (6.5 miles) and Walnut Springs camp night 2 (a little over 9 miles). I hiked out Day 3 (about 11 miles). Next time, I might do the loop counterclockwise. I had no trouble finding water on the trail, but would suggest to camel up before camp unless you want to get water from the lake itself. I had one wet crossing between mile 11-12, but was able to keep dry feet the rest of the time while the lake was at 794. Trail was decently marked, but I pulled up this app a few times to make sure I was on track. If you try to take some of the shortcuts, you’re likely to hit high water crossings and have to turn around, so I found it best to follow the map. I went on a Sun-Tues and didn’t see anyone else at the camps, just day hikers. Overall, would recommend, especially for new backpackers, and would hike again.

Beautiful scenery went during the summer heat. they say being gallon of water per person and they have water stations throughout the trail. If you're going during the summer take couple gallons. Worth the hike.

It's a good choice for easy hiking and plenty of choices what direction to take. So many trails in this park, you can walk for an hour or take the entire day. Lots of cyclists and dogs too.

Nice trail. Enjoyed the waterfall.

My favorite trail around the area. Not very long, but always quiet and peaceful. There is are some nice narrow trails through trees, and also wide open fields with amazing views. Free to hike too- enjoy!

backpacking
25 days ago

Beautiful. Varied terrain. Hills, rocks, flat, sand. Many picturesque views of woods and the lake along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Went there today... hiked passed the springs to 4 mile marker and back... the springs are wonderful..parts of old rocks houses...

Nice lake views and good mix of rocky, wooded terrain. Trail gets extremely muddy in some spots so bring your water-proofs!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, nice elevation changes, beautiful scenery and well marked (which is a luxury in Austin). Highly recommend for a moderate and fun trail.

Great hike to take the dog and family on. Would be nice to hike the entire loop one day.

backpacking
1 month ago

We just returned from hiking the entire loop around the lake. My first piece of advice would be to check the lake level before you go. 791’ is “normal” and according to a frequent hiker will be mostly dry on trail with a few stream crossings to get your feet wet. We went when the lake was at 799.85’, and it was certainly NOT dry! Ha ha! Still mostly do-able, but certainly more adventurous! (see full description below) Secondly, be SURE to take All Trails with you! There are many intersections without signage. All Trails saved us a lot of heart ache!! I would give the trail 5 stars, (the actual hiking was great!!) but I took off a star for the lack of accurate information, and flat out misinformation provided by some of the park attendants around the lake. They obviously do not hike the trail! For example: do NOT park at Overlook park – even if someone tells you it’s o.k. It isn’t, and you may be towed. Instead, park at Cedar Breaks (It’s free for hikers). But DO stop at the Overlook office and pick up a Topo map. – It’s much better than the Corps of Engineers’ map that you can find online. Also, the mileage is a little off on maps as well as on trail. The map says it’s a 28 mile loop, but there are only 25 mile markers (mm). Our devices clocked us as 28.5 miles, but we had to do some work-arounds to stay dry in a few places. Overall great trail! We saw plenty of deer as well as tracks of other wildlife. The views of the lake were just gorgeous, and well worth the hassle. Trail description:
From Cedar Breaks, the trail is rocky with some fairly steep ups and downs. It’s slick in the rain, but do-able. I would not take a dog on this section without some sort of protection for their paws.
We missed the turn off for Cedar Hollow camp (no sign - just a bare stone column). So we went on to Sawyer Hollow camp. It was fine for hammocks, but ‘meh’ for tents. The designated tent site was rocky and sloped. There are NO toilets there (not that you’d use anyway – see photos). Shortly after Cedar Hollow – between mm 7 and mm 8, we came to water we couldn’t hike around. It was obviously from flooding because there were fire ant colonies floating in it. It was 4 ft. deep (chest-high). Again, the lake level was 799’.
From mm 7 to mm 16, the hiking is easy – through grasslands and much of it on an old dirt / grass road. We ate lunch at Tejas Park. They have chemical toilets and a water fountain as well as picnic tables and trash cans. The bridge was covered in 4ft of fast-flowing water. We were uneasy with the speed of the water, so we chose to not wade through it. The next bridge across would’ve added 10 miles to our hike according to the park host (I have not verified that distance.). We didn’t have that much time, because we wanted to make it to Walnut Springs before dark. So we called Uber(!) to take us just to the other side of the bridge. The cost was $15 plus tip. Approaching Walnut Springs, the grass road we’d been walking was underwater for 150 yards or so. We couldn’t tell the depth or the current in the middle, so we looked for an alternate. There is one on the map, but it is inaccurately marked on the trail. There is a stone column there with some old trailhead names. Coming from the west, turn left and follow the path north and then east to a stream crossing. The path will take you back to the road on the other side of the water. Because of the high lake level / flooding, the stream was 4ft. deep for us. We chose not to try it right before dark (we’d wasted a lot of time on a long lunch, waiting for Uber, and locating the work-around). We were afraid of hypothermia – since the water was super cold and temperatures in the low 50’s, and no chance of a fire that night due to everything being wet. So we stealth camped on the west side (not allowed!). In the morning, we waded through and passed Walnut Springs Camp. There are no toilets. (Well, there are some before the water that look exactly like the ones at Sawyer Hollow – i.e. they’ve been through a hurricane or two.) Walnut Springs Camp looked like a nice spot. There were trees for hammocks. We didn’t sleep there, so I can’t tell you about the tent sites. From mm 16 to Jim Hogg, you get back into some rocky terrain with ups and downs. The ups and downs don’t seem as steep as those near Cedar Breaks, and the rocks are easier too. Jim Hogg is just after mm 21, NOT mm 20 like it says on the online map!!! That last mile is tough when you’re expecting a lunch break! I can’t recommend Hogg as a lunch stop – there are no toilets and no picnic tables. We did get water from a hose behind the check-in building. From Hogg to Overlook is a pretty easy 3 miles. We crossed a few easy streams, and found a work-around for a longer water crossing.
Overlook has State Park style restrooms. From Overlook to Cedar Breaks the "trail" is mostly concrete. Turn right to go over the Dam. Do not cross the road.

This place is gorgeous. Some of the trails get overgrown a bit, but none of them are too tough. Several trails cross the water. So, if it’s been raining, expect to get wet. Will definitely be heading back.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect for hiking with my one year old on my back. Great scenery, clean trails easy with a small challenge:) we enjoyed a small snack after the hike by the offices.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail for about 90%. Some ugly power lines sections, some ok looking power line sections, some views of huge rock cut for development on far side of valley. No real view at top but a bell to ring to mark the occasion!

Biggest downside is it is a poorly marked trail with many off shoot trails. And where there are signs, they aren’t easy to understand. For example the first sign shows left, straight and right posted at an intersection that goes only left and right. Additionally there is lols of off trail MTB cut offs to add confusion.

Still a very nice and challenging trail. Single track that can be hiked, biked and run. Map looks straight line but the scale hides all the switchbacks!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice peaceful trail with scenic view, waterfall and creek. No pets allowed.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good solid hike. I would definitely recommend. This is a hike that is more about the journey than destination. Although you hike to the top of a hill, there wasn’t really a view.

Pros: good grade variation, wasn’t crowded (I only saw two people on a Monday morning), lots of wildflowers, a couple streams, and trails maintained fairly well.

Cons: construction crew noise pollution & lots of power lines.

Overall a great hike. Will be going back.

love this trail

Great trail with plenty of shady areas! Family friendly even my 69 year old mom who sits behind a desk all day felt good afterwards.
The elevations are an easy ascent. We will definitely go back!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a fun, challenging trail to hike or bike. Lots of variety too - wooded, shaded, rocky, exposed, hilltops & ridges, etc. Many junctions to hop trails and explore different sections of the greenbelt.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was not what I expected. You will cross the backtop going up and over the dam. I used this app’s map to guide me on this hike. I got confused a few times since my directional since is not the best. You will have a few areas where you may feel like giving up, and the mileage on this trail is what you make of it. I ended up hiking 28.43 miles total over 12h 35m 33s time period. This is something I would have never ever done on my own accord. I this was something I felt led to do. All I can say is be prepared for this walk. I had 2 gallons of water in my pack that lasted me the entire walk. My post below was after my walk to my social media platforms. This was an experience I will never forget or ever do again

trail running
3 months ago

Great technical trail to get some miles in..

nice trail along the banks of the river

3 months ago

Excellent trail and well marked. Plenty of vegetation, not much shade, but lots of terrific scenic views. Only drawback was no water source at the mini camp area. Mostly flat with a few good hills to break up the monotony.

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I hiked this. Shes not near as used to hiking as I am, so we had to stop several times for her to catch her breath, as there are some steady inclines.

Cool park, didn’t love trail running here. Would be great for dog walking and mountain biking

Beautiful area to hike with the dogs!

hiking
4 months ago

I will be back to do a complete hike. Was only able to get into the trail by 3.8 miles and turned around completing 7.17 miles since it was getting dark. This was an awesome trail and I can’t wait to really get some miles here!

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail, make sure to take plenty of water. There’s a long stretch, about 4 miles or so along the north side without any shade so plan to get as much done in the morning as possible and take a siesta. Don’t wait too long, though, because the trails near the dam are difficult to navigate in the dark when your phone dies because you left it sitting in the sun (oops). Signage is also off from my gps in varied amounts. I think only one mile marker was accurate. All in all a good challenging hike, beautiful views and varied terrain!

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