Brushy Creek Trail

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Brushy Creek Trail is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Round Rock, Texas. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

Eastern portion of a longer trail system. Man made paths pass through various parks along Brushy Creek in West Round Rock. Enjoyable but not very secluded.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
3 days ago

road biking
5 days ago

Great trail to take your bike on or just walk. There are plenty of trails that branch off or connect to this trail so you can easily spend hours here if you wanted. Had fun, hope to visit again soon.

trail running
8 days ago

I didn't run the actual trail, but I ran some bandit trails.

From the 183 parking area, I first went west along the regional trail. Almost immediately before the bridge which takes you into the open are with the YMCA, vere left (south). From there, there's a great hill climb at the first left- not too long but steep. This takes you to dirt flats, some winding paths through the trees, a service road, and you can loop back around to the regional trail eventually. If you instead go straight at the first intersection, you get to run right b y the lake, great views. It eventually takes you to the Twin Lakes park, though there are more intersecting trails. Not much mileage on these trails, but if you take the right trail, I believe you could end up connecting with the next section of trails.

Getting back to the regional trail, I then went east. Immediately before the first bridge past 183, there's a trail into the woods. This trail also has some climbs. The trail loops back on itself so if you go straight or right, you're good. In the middle of these trails is what looks like an old, abandoned dirt bike area. It's rather small, but it's kinda neat.

After getting back to the regional trail, I definitely needed more mileage. So I went east some more and, immediately (yes, everything is immediately) after the bridge there is a trail to the right (south). This trail is, I believe, dubbed "The Rim". Go straight, straight, straight some more. You'll be running in a creek bed, and eventually it'll turn into a very miniature canyon. Eventually you gotta take a left, and after an uphill, you hit the actual rim. Nice views, very rocky and rooty, lots of shallow dips. This trail eventually will link up to the service road which, go south and you'll hit the regional trail. But keep going east and you'll be on Deception (the very long, strenuous dirtbike trail). That's where you can get your mileage.

After running the regional trail back to my car, I took the "shared path", concrete bike and pedestrian path, to the north. I only ran until I hit the first road, maybe a quarter mile. But it was good to be in some wide open spaces, even if there were a few buildings and 183 traffic nearby.

Anyway, great set of trails to run on back here. I'm sure there're more around, as I keep finding them (but am definitely not discovering anything brand new).

walking
9 days ago

Beautiful sights including the river and bridges. Taking my bike for the next time I go

22 days ago

1 month ago

There is kayaking offered here which is nice. This is a nice city park for a quick afternoon walk/jog/hike.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Ran here again the other day, and I discovered more trails!

Just south of Champions Park, there are several trails into the woods. Those trails are pretty short through the woods and most lead to the creek and someone fishing, and it's all dirt on the ground and small treelimbs to the face. But go across the bridge on the south-east corner of Champion's park, and you find the good stuff.

Going west, you'll get to a three way intersection- go straight or left and it's a mile(ish) single-track trail, loose rocks and dirt, twists and turns, small elevation changes- good for beginner mt bikers. But take a right, and after a short run through the woods, you'll hit the edge of Brushy Creek, which is now many manymany feet below you- so please be careful. The trail eventually leads you down a huge rock and to a mountain bike ramp (known, I think, a "Gnargasim"), and into the larger creekbed which is now dry. From here you either gotta: turn around, back up the ramp; cross the smaller wet section of the creek into Chamion's park; continue west down the dry creek bed to huge culverts, or go up onto the golfcourse; or- and this is only once they finish the maintanence on this back section of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail- you can get back onto the cocnrete regional trail.

Now back to the bridge. If you go go east immediately after the bridge, you have a few miles of really fun, twisty woodland trails. Watch your step, many roots, and the closer you get to to Olson park, the more "rugged" the trail gets, it's really fun. Once in Olson Park, you can take the concrete path back, or go south into the neighborhood and find the paths in there. Now back to the bridge- If you keep going straight and stay on the path, there's some nice, well maintained, out-in-the-open, flat gravel trails that eventually hit a loop and send you back to the bridge. But there are some forks, which'll take you into gravel and concrete trails into the neighborhood.

In my exploration all of this, running some of the trails twice over, I got over 10 miles of running on a variety of terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

road biking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Great trail with nice views!!

hiking
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

This is a great multiuse that is very accessible. I am using it as a PT/Rehab course for a fractured ankle a month ago. Perfect for that. Paved and well maintained. I can walk with our without my cane. A great place to heal.

trail running
3 months ago

Gotta say, this trail has it all, even for a trail runner looking for more than a wide concrete and semi-gravel path. There are two "sides" of the trail:
the east side of Parmer and the west side of Parmer.

East (closer to Round Rock):
On the east end, it's mostly the wide concrete and semi-gravel path, very good for families and the casual hiker/biker/runner. There are plenty of benches, doggy-bag stations, water fountains. There aren't many "off trail" trails, and the amenities along this route for families and "family friendly" activities (baseball, soccer, swimming, splash pads, picnic tables, play grounds, easy fishing spots, etc.) are on this side of Parmer. There are plenty of places to park along the trail.

West (closer to Cedar Park):
On the West end, the main path is almost exclusively wide concrete, but this side (right next to Parmer) sports huge soccer fields, basketball courts, and a skatepark. Also, this is the side (the west side) with all of the off-trail trails. Look for the newly built kiosks marking the trail heads, and off you go into the woods, some rocks, some creek, etc. This side has less benches, play grounds, etc. until you get to the very western end, which has a covered pavilion with water fountains, benches, and restrooms. But also, this very western end of the trail (technically the start of the trail, as the 0.0 mile marker resides here) has a large lake with varous stuff like a climbing wall, large bouncy water toys, water craft, I think there are zip lines, some other cool stuff. And oh yeah, a YMCA, kinda hard to miss that. It is totally "family friendly" here, but closer to Parmer is more suited for the more adventurous/athletic type.

So yeah, this trail is almost 7 miles, but add in all the off-trail trails, and the extra concrete trails, and you probably got around 20 miles of trails. All said:

+ 20+plus miles of trails for walking, hiking, trail running, and dirt biking
+ multiple sports fields for soccer, baseball, ultimate frisbee
+ a disc golf course, skate park, and basketball courts;
+ a swimming pool and splash pad;
+ 3 or 4 lakes for fishing and boating
+ A nice creek
+ 3 or 4 playgrounds
+ plenty of benches, restrooms, picnic tables, small and large pavilions
+ A very nice YMCA at the beginning of the trail
+ Other cool stuff that I've probably forgotten

The only drawback I know of is that, if you want a multiday "back country" wilderness excursion type adventure, well, you'll have to drive some miles from Austin/Round Rock for that.
All in all: there is some construction on a section of the trail right now, but once it's done, I'm confident to say that this trail, with all it's amenities, will be (if it isn't already) the best all-around trail in the whole Austin Area.

trail running
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

For flat runners and walkers the concrete path is really nice. Has various incline and decline to challenge you for training. I love running here with my dogs and multiple entrances to the river for a cool down. Plenty of turn off for trail running and mountain bikers. Pretty busy on the weekends.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago