Dominion at Great Hills Trail

HARD 14 reviews

Dominion at Great Hills Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jollyville, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
518 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
2 days ago

This trail definitely earns its "hard" rating due to rocky, uneven terrain that requires careful planning of where/how to step in many places. It was quite slippery in many places, too, so we had to find walking sticks to help us complete the hike. We brought water shoes for the creek crossings but did not need them due to it being a dryish season, but do be prepared. Very beautiful scenery and variety of vegetation. I've never seen a trail so well marked as these: clear markers every time we were starting to wonder if we were really on a trail or not, and arrow signs at all the trail intersections. We parked on the road by the playscape and hiked the Main Loop, River, and Jack's Wager trails and a little bit of the "biking" trails. (You would need to be a very advanced mountain biker to bike those bike trails. We saw a lot of blood dripped in one place that we assume was from a bicyclist that didn't fare so well.) You can't see any houses from the trail 95% of the time. It's truly a hidden gem inside of a neighborhood. We had the place to ourselves and it was an awesome, peaceful hike!

hiking
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hiking
21 days ago

Surprisingly nice trail in the middle of the suburbs. In spite of the fact that you're never very far from a residential neighborhood you'll definitely get some peace and quiet.

Points off because the trails are really poorly marked. This is exacerbated by the fact that the trail loops back on itself so much that you can end up completing the same stretch twice if you're not careful, or ending up on one of the side trails that can easily add a mile to your hike.

It's a difficult hike, but that's what you're going for, if you're looking for a peaceful nature walk, this isn't it.

trail running
1 month ago

I went to do some trail running, and boy did I ever get a bargain! First things: you park on the street; there's a small, mostly maintained playground at the entrance with toys for kids; and right next door (south) is a field where you could easily kick some soccer balls, throw around a football, etc. But the real fun:

Just behind the playground is the entrance to the hiking/biking trails- there are a few short hiking trails at varying distances, but there are a lot of biking trails, and it can get confusing if you decide to go far back into the trails (some of the markers are either hard to spot or gone). There is a giant map at the entrance which is accurate; and most (emphasize: most) of the trails are clearly marked so it's easy to get back to the main trail head.

Don't be deceived: The trailhead seems simple at first, before getting into the woods. But the whole trail is full of ups and downs, rocks and trees and roots, twists and turns, and far back in the trails there are creek crossings. It's kinda like, "How far you wanna go?" The further back you get, the more stuff there is. The only thing is the lack of any longer, steep hill climbs, but there are good elevation changes none-the-less. For the hiking, trail running, and trail biking enthusiast, this is your place.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with markers to keep you on track. Entrance to the trail is thru the children's playground.

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hiking
4 months ago

lots of trees a small creak lots of ups and downs loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

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hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is a well kept Network of hiking and biking trails off Spicewood Springs Rd. It changes in elevation frequently as it more or less follows a windy little creek nestled in a valley next to the Great Hills Country Club. There is evidence of wild life, and it feels very secluded as I only saw one other person (a biker) during my hike.

On the plus side, this is a secluded area with a lot of trails. The trail is very windy because there are a lot of elevation changes. Some nice caves and other natural features. On the negative side, the biking trails cross the hiking trails frequently, so it is very easy to get lost on the wrong trail if you don't pay close attention. All in all, an enjoyable hike.