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we went in the back way through a neighborhood thanks Google maps

The hiking is so serene! Great views, uncrowded, very peaceful. The elevation gain is about 300 ft, and it makes for a good workout. The trails are decently marked. The staff is friendly. Also, its dog friendly (on leash).

Great for walking dogs.

on Walnut Creek Trail

4 days ago

Sunday late morning: beautiful, easy, lots of dogs running around happily in the creek, multiple parking lots

4 days ago

Turkey creek is always a go to for me, especially my dog! There are a few downed trees in the path now, and quite a bit of slippery spots if wet.. but other than that it's a nice trail. My favorite time to go is after it rains, it makes the experience a little more interesting with the higher water level in the creek. Definitely prepare to get your feet wet, and meet quite a few dogs along the way!
There are no bathrooms, or water fountains! so be sure to bring lots of water and prepare ahead of time.

This is my favorite trail in Austin. The recent rains have the water up, there are a few downed trees across the trail, and it is pretty muddy in some areas, but it doesn’t make it any less great. Just be prepared to get your feet wet.

Great and off leash dog friendly

Very pretty, nice trail, although VERY crowded.

I enjoyed it. Did 8 miles. Some of it was just plain boring.

Not sure about the 6 and change miles. Just did it today for a total of 12.8 miles. Several trails and options to choose and combine. I have done it before and done damn near 20 miles.

14 days ago

Excellent hike in west Austin. Lots to see. Just be aware that there are no restrooms or trash cans along the trail. This is a plus for me, but some might not agree.

Beautiful, but extremely crowded on nice weekends. Next time I plan on trying it midweek and seeing if it’s any better.

on Turkey Creek Trail

14 days ago

Nice shaded trail where your dogs can be off leash. The cons: the trail isn’t well marked and after a rain, you will get your feet wet.

A nice morning hike, well traveled and maintained trail that feels like it’s a lot farther out of town than it is.

This is an awesome trail for hiking or jogging. There are a few creek crossings so you can’t run the whole time, but it’s nice to take a couple breaks anyway. My dog loves this trail because there is a creek the whole way and lots to explore. The end of this trail is a seemingly endless staircase that will give you an excellent workout, but you can turn around if you’re not in the mood. Really amazing and beautiful.

The butt-kicking moderately difficult Canyon Trail at River Place Nature Trail is not to be missed: 3.5 miles, 9,802 steps, 28 floors and only takes 1.5 hours! Of course, that’s one-way, so you do the math. Great views.

Love the elevation. Highly populated though.

Distance plus good elevations up and down.

22 days ago

Best trail for a hike/run workout in ATX. Multiple water crossings can be muddy after a rain. Peaceful and beautiful. I like to start at the Little Fern trail to get to the main trail. Hiking or trail running shoes are recommended. This trail is not for the faint at heart! If you, your dogs or children are not a regular hiker or in shape please find another trail!

Great trail. Had rained the day before so the 4 stream crossings each way required waterproof hiking boots or wet feet! Path is generally single file.

Great trails and views. Loved the water. Took lots of great pictures. Great for kids and dogs.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This park is great but trails get very crowded on weekends—both foot traffic and biking/cycling. No fees for entry (City of Austin park).

trail running
1 month ago

Parked at the bottom and hiked up. Went through the detours. Made it to top then ran down along River Place rd back to car. About 6 miles total. Pretty good. Relaxing.

Amazing trail! Definitely a decent workout if you keep your pace up. There is a ton of stairs as the others have mentioned, but I really enjoyed them. My Garmin said I did 170 flights of stairs today!
I started around 9AM on a Sunday and there was a fair amount of people, but not as much as I thought there would have been. I would on the way up that I would come across others every 15-20 minutes, but on the way down it was probably every 5 minutes, if that.
Pups loved getting a bit muddy and then crossing the streams.

1 month ago

this was hard. the over 2000 steps really gets to you. the trail is well kep, clean and with plenty of signs. i was left gasping on a few ocasions. there are many water ponds and small falls along the creek. all beautiful. i only completed it one way this time, will try back and forth the next time.

Loved all of it. So peaceful and perfect.

1 month 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.

Our favorite trail in Austin. No sounds of traffic, creeks, trees, beautiful. Lots of stairs though and therefore pretty tough. Take some water and food with you!

Love this one! It was a super easy trail, and there’s a creek flowing beside you with lots of dogs to run into along the way!!

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