trail running
27 days ago

Once you find the park itself, there are a few small rock parking lots, but if you drive further into the park you can park along side the road- just mind the no parking signs. The trail heads are easy to find, as most are not very hidden, and some do have (slightly visible) signs, and I think anywhere you see parking there's a trail head.

The main section of the trail on the north side of the road has a few benches and a few nature-info signs. But directional/trail name signage is completely void. The trails are rather easy to follow, very wide in most places. There are nice views of the river, and some historic buildings- and even a functioning, outhouse-looking restroom. There are a few trails that go into thicker woods, wind a little, rocky and such, but for the most part: If you want a nice leisurely stroll- see some birds, say hi to other hikers/runners, this side is good for that. Also this side is for biking, because...

On the south side of the street, the only signs I saw where "no bikes", at one or two trail heads; and the signs on the barbedwire fence saying "no tresspassing; private property" and stuff like that. This side is for the rockin' and rollin'! Very rocky trails, some scramble parts, large rocks and tree branches and pokey-bushes to contend with. The streams crossings on this side don't have bridges (there's an unspectacular bridge on the north side), the trails aren't very wide. You want that "wilderness" or "rugged" feel, this side is for you. There are lots of intersecting trails, and some that go to nowhere or just disappear into the thick woods/large rocks. But for the most part, follow the path here on All Trails and you'll nto get turned around. But even if you do get turned around, it's a rather small space and pretty much impossible to really get lost, because you got roads on two side and barbed wire fences on two sides, and the main trail/s are pretty noticable- though again, no signage back here period (or benches, restrooms, etc.).

And about that waterfall- either I didn't find it; or else the rather small waterfall I did find doesn't live up to the descriptions given here and on other park/trails websites. Maybe I just need to come after a good rain. All in all, this place has it all- wide easy trails, serene scenery, nature, skinny rugged trails, hill climbs, creek crossings, benches, river views, etc. I did get in ten miles of running, but only after running all the trails at least twice.

Peaceful and beautiful. Grass fields, rivers, streams, and cedar forest. The dogs loved the walk too

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Great little trail, beautiful waterfall

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike!
Heading down to the large area of the Colorado River is easy and would be good for just a short stroll.
If you head to the south side of the main road, you'll find lots of different trails heading in all directions.
Easy to stray from the trails but not too hard to find your way back. Just follow the river.
Nice rocks with overhangs and good sights, most of the trail was dense but opened up to good spots in the river bed.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Short trail. Not much of a hike, but nice views and good park area by the water if you don't mind the youths.

birding
Friday, May 27, 2016

This park is a spectacular example of native plant restoration in process, in cooperation between the city of Austin and a dedicated nonprofit group. The reward for their work is the thousands of native and migrant birds that dine on and nest in the native grasses and wildflowers every year. In order to protect the ground nests, PLEASE understand that DOGS MUST BE LEASHED and cleaned up after. Their presence alone is enough to disrupt bird behavior. Not too great for hiking but birding is terrific.

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Fun hike. The trail up into the hills is great. Dogs loved it and you can even see a few waterfalls. On the other side of the park is a open area right down to the Colorado River. Awesome historic buildings. Nice hidden gem.

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Not much in terms of a hiking trail. This is more of a trail/area for taking the dogs off-leash.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Not much in terms of a hiking trail. This is more of a trail/area for taking the dogs off-leash.

hiking
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Nestled in the hills of Westlake, Commons Ford Ranch is home to some beautiful views of the hills and, oddly enough, dancing hippie-hillbillies (weird, right?). We fell in love with the sunflowers while we were walking. The trail itself is very easy to walk and is short, with changing scenery (fields to forests, lakes to cactus-embedded "wasteland"). It also includes an old-time log home complete with burrs that our poor dog found quite painful. However, we enjoyed our walk and would definitely go back!

If you're interested, you can read more about our hikes at http://adventuresofblintzandmaggie.blogspot.com!

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2011

This is a private entry trail. You can't get access into Rob Roy

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