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

Good hike inside the city. Great for swimming when we get enough rain.

Nice, easy urban trail. Not moderate at all. Wide trail, mixed use. Ok for runners, walkers, cyclists, pets. Stevie Ray Vaughan statue on the south side of the river is cool.

hiking
14 days 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.

Fun to wander around and check out disc golf course. Nice trail for a walk or trail run

This preserve was set aside to protect several caves with rare biota, and which forms part of the drainage that supplies water directly to Barton Springs. The preserve itself is an urban greenbelt that is somewhat dense and overgrown, but not exactly bushwhacking. Visiting several of the caves on site is permissible by permit, usually given to caving groups and educational groups through Austin Parks and Recreation in order to preserve the caves and protect public safety

hiking
1 month 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.

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!

horseback riding
1 month ago

A nice local park. Early morning off paved trail hikes and trail running great for in city. Lots of trees, live creek. Horse corral and riding, bring your own horse.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

Love it

Nice trail was pretty easy in my opinion vs moderate but a few small areas where it got Ricky/uneven.

Best part about this for us was that with the dogs it was pretty shaded-no water for now that we saw as we turned at about the 1.5 mike mark.

DO NOT RUN!!!
First off, let me start by saying I’ve lived in & run Maine wilderness trails for 8 years. I love a good challenging run but...
If you’re looking for a good run, this is NOT the proper trail.
It starts off easy but quickly becomes way too rocky, I thought I would twist my ankle if I kept running & turned back half a mile in:

Cute trail for a stroll with Frodo but I cannot in good conscience recommend this trail to runners.

trail running
2 months ago

Cute park with a variety of activity options, for the entire family.
There’s a playground for the little ones, a covered picnic area & LOTS of trails. If it weren’t for this app, I could easily get lost.
I’d give this 5-stars but it reeks like outhouse throughout the park & I came across a spot where people dumped their belongings- mattress, old wood, etc.
I’d run it again, but it wouldn’t be my first option.

trail running
2 months ago

Nothing moderate about this trail - it's easy. Great scenery, plenty of space, and well groomed non-technical dirt trail. Some sections are engineered (boardwalk, paved). In addition, plenty of options to add on distance if you're looking for a longer day. I ran 7 miles out from Barton Creek Pool lot and could have completed the loop at probably 8-9 miles. Just note - if you park at the pool, there is a $5 fee after 8am.

trail running
2 months ago

Fun trail and well marked. Ran the first three miles during the early morning hours with light trail traffic. For runners, I would recommend trail shoes as some sections were a bit technical (rocks, roots, unstable footing). If you are looking for a trail where you don't need to watch your step, I'd recommend the Lady Bird Trail.

It was nice walking this trail, but I wish there was water.

Flat, easy trail that’s well trafficked. Great for a stroll with your pups. The best part are the falls at the very end of the trail. (Don’t settle for the “falls” at the halfway-ish point). The falls at the end create an oasis where you can swim in CLEAR WATER (not greenish-brown) and even lounge around them to catch a tan. The area is usually pretty busy in the summer and you can catch some friendly puppers and their humans taking a dip before beginning their trek back.

Water was dried up for the most part, some at the end of the trail! Really cool ending and it was pretty flat all the way!

Nice trail, not overly crowed. Stream was drie so no waterfall.

Loved this trail, great views and a couple nice waterfalls at the end of the trail! Plan on going back more often.

Beautiful hike but Creek was dried up

As an in-town, beautiful, easy access trail, it’s about as good as they come.

my favorite place in Texas <3 great views and easy trails. plenty of places to cool off too.

Pretty hike but the waterfalls have dried up. Not sure if they’ll be back for the season but the creek bed was completely dry.

Plenty of single track mostly flat with an occasional climb and rocky decents. lots of hidden gems. very nice scenery. there is a section where slaughter creek turns into a mini canyon with at least 30ft walls on each side. trails are rugged enough to get your heart pumping. Best part is you cant get lost. All single tracks eventually cross the main paved loop.

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