Brushy Creek Trail

EASY 46 reviews

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.

16 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

trail running
26 days 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
26 days ago

road biking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Great trail with nice views!!

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

walking
2 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
3 months ago

walking
3 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
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

This trail has adequate parking in several spots, restrooms and drinkable water in several spots. This is always a plus. It's totally family friendly. It's good for walkers, joggers, hikers, bikers, dogs, kids, etc. Very large concrete trail, but if you're into a dirt trail, you can walk or run beside the concrete trail, or go "off trail" to the dirt bike trails.

I really like this trail because it's always got people on it, but not too too many. The scenery is very pretty, and it varies somewhat- lots of trees of course, and the west side has "beauty" while the east side is more "wilderness" looking (though none of it is in the actual wilderness).

The main reason it gets five stars, is that you can exit the trail at various places to go into the woods and run/ride on the bike trails. For a trail runner like myself, that's the really, really fun part. The bike trails are rocky, have lots of ups and down, twists and turns, and just enough intersections to keep you on your directional toes; the path is pretty well marked, but you could easily explore the forks in the path.

If I was just reviewing and rating the concrete path, which is the official path, I'd give it a four: it's only geared towards regular hiking and running on, well, a concrete path through nice, scenic woods, and it does boast a lake, some large fields to play in, lots of metal bridges, and a YMCA at the west end. But since it has the option to go "off path" to some more technical and rugged paths, it gets that extra star. Take the regular concrete trail for a good workout. But take the "deception" bike trail (just west of the Brushy Creek Sports Park) for a major workout, great scenery, and some good wilderness.

All in all, it's got something for everyone.

6 months ago

nice easy trail. good for distance