Walnut Creek Trail

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Walnut Creek Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

Did some trail running here. This "trail" is at a park with a whole system of trails. There's a swimming pool, a basketball court, a playground, and some (hard to find) picnic tables and horseshoes.

But as for the trails:
These trails are very, very rocky and rooty (tree roots). Right now in the Spring, there's lots of foliage creeping into the trail to contend with. The trails have some ups and downs, a few places to even "scrmble" up. There are a few inclines, and one particular hill is rather long, very rocky, a very good workout. These trails, with no signage, keep you on your toes.

But with little rain recently, the creek was all dry, and I think it'll take a lot of rain to get some good flow. Also, as noted above, the trails are not marked at all. This isn't necessarily bad, as the park is small, but just hiking you could get turned around and feel exasperated, not knowing which way to turn in this tangle o trails. Sometimes, too, the trail is hard to spot. And as for trail running, I ran on these trails, hit each one at least twice trying to make sure to hit them all and sorta get my bearings, but only ran for about 45 minutes.

All in all, if this park a) had a little more signage, b) some trails more maintained, c) had a better creek (of course we can't blame mother nature for doing it's thing) and d) more miles of trails, it'd be totally awesome. You get a lot- very rocky trails, good hill climbs, some exploring- but in a little space.

hiking
6 months ago

Was a nice decent outing. The trail is poorly marked though so we ended up doing some harder difficulty sections accidentally that luckily crossed part way. Part of the trail is also blocked off because of construction of some sort.

The flowers were very nice and some of the best parts of the trail were deeper in the woods which was beautiful.

walking
8 months ago

A (leashed) dog friendly park, in addition to the usual park amentities. During the week it is not heavily used - I've often been the only one on the trails (glad my dog can look intimidating). Open fields, sort of hilly, woodsy trails, an old paved road along the creek (which sometimes smells of sewage), a spring. Eventually it will connect with the Walnut Creek Trail but currently the Waters Park Relief Main project is in full swing blocking off the east section of the park. Poison ivy is around and while I've only seen one small one, snakes would feel very at home. I like this park in the summer since so many of the trails are woodsy / shaded.

8 months ago

Address is wrong

hiking
10 months ago

Parking for this park is on Amherst.

10 months ago

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Went after a rain and all the water was flowing. Be sure to follow the map and hike the whole thing. Lots of traffic noise but for a park trail, pretty nice 4 mile loop.

hiking
Monday, June 01, 2015

hiking
Thursday, October 09, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

hiking
Sunday, December 02, 2012

It's an ok hike. You come upon a bridge with traffic and graffiti. Kind of scary wouldn't be surprised if homeless people live in those woods.