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Canyon Creek Nature Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 377 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Wildlife

Rocky

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Please note that if you'd like to complete this fully as a loop, you will need to walk through a residential neighborhood in order to reconnect to the trail.

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Phil Murray
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Hiking

Decent trail. Description on here says 5 miles but the recorded distance, starting at Trailhead Park, and making a loop at the end of the path with the last mile of the loop down Boulder Lane through the neighborhood (to circle back to Trailhead Park) was 3.8 miles.

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Ted L.
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Muddy

Great hike by creek. Hated the walk back through the neighborhood -- sidewalks and houses. We'll go down and turn around next time. Easy hiking. A lot of shade on the way down.

Kala Haley
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HikingRocky

Great hiking trail. Yes, occasionally you will smell a light scent of sewer but it's not overwhelming enough to ruin the hike. It's a bit rocky in some areas. Lots of tree coverage with a small amount of direct sunlight. If you haven't checked it out, I recommend doing so.

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Melanie Cornell
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Hiking

Sewer smell! Very steep, walking behind houses. The park is nice but not the trail.

Dave Ackerman
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Hiking

Nice hike. Easy - Moderate. Limited markings. Not worth a long drive, but great if you’re in the area.

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Brooke Mo
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HikingMuddyRocky

Amazing trail! It’s one you want to come back to because you can take a different path each time. So many different pathways you can take. Not super crowded (even on a weekend during Covid-19)

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Cullen Chisholm
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HikingRocky

A good mix of things to do. Plenty of places to turn around. A couple of low water crossings.

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LT Talbot
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HikingRockyScramble

This is a great loop trail. In the beginning there are some sewer drains, but they don't go the entire length of the trail. Part of the trail is just walking down Boulder Ln back to the park. Overall very nice walk.

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Halah Helt
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice trail behind a quiet neighborhood. The first and last .5 mile is paved. You could make it a loop if you don’t mind walking on a sidewalk along Boulder. There were a few small stream crossings without bridges, which was not an issue, but it hasn’t rained recently, so that may be different after a heavy rainfall. There was one steep incline that went up 80 ft but overall a flat or small incline trail. I would be tempted to call this easy and not moderate. Along a small portion of the trail is a sewage line, which has a faint odor.

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Jessica Chapman
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HikingRocky

I would recommend this trail for anyone seeking a dog friendly hike. It is mostly shaded and gets rockier as you go. Overall it was an easier hike than described.

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James Doehring
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Hiking

Got lost a few times. Occasional sewer smell. Lots of shade cover though. May or may not return.

Alexandra Berlet
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Hiking

I would have given it 4 stars except for the period sewer smell along the trail as others have mentioned. I also would rate this as easy given that it had little elevation gain. Where I live a moderate trail has at least 1000ft in elevation gain. A hard trail double that. It surprises me that for the landscape the Austin area offers and the culture of its inhabitants that there aren’t better trails to hike in the area???

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Dan Uhle
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HikingRocky
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Anna O
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RunningRocky

Beautiful trail. Easy to follow. Can be rocky at times and you run on some rock in the beginning before you get to the trail.

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Julia Simms
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Hiking

This was an unexpected find in Austin. The trail starts off at a neighborhood park, but quickly leaves the business of the suburbs. I went on a Tuesday and saw only one person there. The only bummer is that you need to walk along a side walk for about a 0.5miles to complete it as a loop trail and it is only a 3 mile hike, or you can turn back and do it as an out and back for the full 5 miles. My dogs loved all the wooded shaded areas with lots of good wildlife smells!

Rick Bailey
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Is there a sewer line yes along the creek but that is the why some of these trails exist. Is this a loop trail? Yes it is! Close to 5 miles. The trail will dead end at the fence but as you climb the hill towards Banfield Dr about halfway up the trail continues to the left. This will extend the hike around the fence line and into the gorgeous part of the area. Several nice cascades/creek crossings and the big old Oak Tree. Loop around the big tree and it leads back to Banfield. But on the way down the hill a gravel trail crosses to the left. Turn here and the hike continues along the bluffs of the canyon. back towards Trailhead park. Not only a loop but a figure 8.

Maurice Nelson
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Hiking

If you can overlook that the trail follows a sewer line, this trail has some great moments for something so close to urban life. Drone shot: https://kuula.co/post/7kmFC

David Munsinger
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if you like the smell of sewer gas this is the trail for you. we walked along the trail and every other sewer manhole was open so we got a good smell. try some other Trail this has to be one of the worst in Austin.

Angela Durbin
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HikingMuddyRocky

We really enjoy hiking nature trail, it’s one of our favorite hikes in the west Austin area. Typically we start at the bottom (playground and pond) and treat it as an out and back. To make it a loop you have to walk through neighborhoods back to the trailhead. Parking can get very tight on weekends and I heard a rumor that they were going to start charging $10 per person to use the trail. I don’t know when that’s supposed to go into effect. There are a few shorter connecting trails that are pretty, but require crossing the creek. There are 2-4 creek crossings on the main trail, so waterproof hiking shoes are recommended. There are no facilities or water at either trailhead.

Jordan McCormick
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HikingMuddyOver grown

One small part was overgrown so we had to turn around. Another part of the trail was muddy with no way around so turned around again. Will be nice once it dries up.

Casey Richardson
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Hiking

Starting from the park it's a bit over a mile before some more challenging terrain. Nice hike overall.

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Pamelita Win
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Hiking

This trailhead starts at the playground’s edge and ends in a cul de sac where you follow a city sidewalk back to the playground. The trail along the creek is reasonably well-maintained and peaceful. The last quarter of the trail is along a fence on the backside of a subdivision. A loop trail, it is not !

Matthew Worley
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Great Austin hiking trail!!! Winding paths through a quiet forest and plenty of offshoots

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