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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!!

Great hike for you and your four legged friend. A lot of dogs around off leash - so just make sure that your recall game is strong.

nature trips
8 days ago

Finally made it here! We were so captivated by the pool views, we didn't get to do the mile hike. Next time!

Good trail today. Some small areas that are wet but easy to get around. Did Blue to Mud creek loop to red

this is definitely not what I would consider a good running trail. very Rocky with numerous Creek crossings that slow your stride. Also this is rampant with dogs and very crowded- dogs were well behaved but it made it harder to run. I also found the trail not well marked past the creek- once you are away from the creek however it was very pretty and peaceful. most people stay by the creek so the crowed thinned. nice trail for a walk

road biking
16 days ago

Trail is nice for novice riders, however need to get started early to avoid the heat. Very scenic in the spring season. Best during fall and winter season.

backpacking
17 days ago

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

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful weather and perfect creek flow led to a great hiking experience at the Turkey Creek Trail. Lots of creek crossings and off-leash dogs but was part of the fun. Once you get to the beginning of the loop, be mindful to stay left despite what looks like the trail leading up a hill.

REWARD: We lost our pup Saturday 11/17 hiking here. He unfortunately was off lease and was chased by another off leash dog. He is a small brown doxie mix, about 11#s. His name is Winston and he is very skittish around people. If you see him please contact 512-758.3126.

It was my favorite place to hike and bring my dog to swim until someone decided they needed to break into my vehicle. So take your valuables and keep your eyes open. I won't be back. fwiw I was parked right next to the road and it was early on a Sunday day of all times....

today, trail was a bit muddy from last night's rain. well worth the time.

trail running
1 month ago

Perfect for running on/off trail options. Bikers are always polite and either ring a bell or say something to give a heads up. Most even let you know when a group passes who’s the last one or how many are in the group. Dog meet ups and play dates created with amazing people. Just love this place.

This was a really fun trail! Great for taking your dog hiking. Follows along a really cute creek that you crossover several times. a little muddy this time of year, but still a good time.

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hiking
1 month ago

My absolute favorite hike to take my dogs on. Even when it's busy you don't interact with that many people beyond passing them. I always wear water friendly shoes because you will more than likely get your feet wet crossing the creek.

Water is still pretty high so plan on getting your feet wet as you go over the many creek crossings! Fun walk!

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.

Lots of trails to choose from. Huge park.

My first time on this trail was mid-October. The trail is mainly covered by trees which naturally created some wet areas to get around (but it was worth getting around them!) The trail ran alongside a river that had a lot of runoff- at the time. There were even rockwalls with trickling water dripping from the top.
Along the way were split trails. I took the path closest to the river, mainly taking lefts. After the first waterfall -about a mile(ish) or more in- the trail opened to a meadow of sunflowers. A little ways up, came another waterfall; much wider than the first. Lots of people swimming and playing in the sunshine. There were even kayakers paddling by at one point.
I was running and met up with a biker at the waterfall. I ended up passing them on the way back towards the end. It was well traveled and narrow. But the run way great! Enjoyed it and will most likely use it for another beautiful day!

This is one of my favorite trails in Austin. It's mostly shady and criss-crosses a creek multiple times. I usually only see a few people on the trail.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is NOT a mountain biking trail. It is for hiking and dogs. The mountain biking tag shouldn't be on this.

Good parking in Mopac frontage at trailhead. There are no restrooms on the trail. Fairly easy with some rough rocky beginnings. Trail follows the creek. We passed 3 waterfall areas. Lots of water in the creek. Trail was well shaded. For a longer walk, continue on trail beyond Sculpture Falls.

Beautiful hike and creek. Easy for all ages. Also, dog friendly.

trail running
2 months ago

I ran the orange or "playground" trail there's only a small section that is close to the playground most of it is in a tunnel of trees and green plants. It was fun but since it's September and last weekend's weather was pretty rainy, mud build up on my running shoes and there are areas that are wet so I had to stop running and carefully pass through. My recording is both on soil and asphalt but the park itself has a picture in various areas of all the trails they have and what to expect in each one. I suggest to thoroughly put on bug spray so you won't have mosquito bites after like I did. Although there is a possibility of snakes I am lucky to not encounter one since I mostly run on trail or grass by the side of the asphalt, just be cognizant of that. The deers make the run especially enjoyable they don't bother unless they feel like you are taking notice of them.

love this trail

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