Irving and Hazeline Smith Memorial Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Irving and Hazeline Smith Memorial Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

This is a short trail in the Bull Creek park area. The noise from the highway is annoying but about half way into the hike it will disappear and be replaced by the sounds of birds and waterfalls. There are two excellent waterfalls and lots of signs of wildlife.

1 month ago

I filed an Austin311 complaint on the overflowing and tipped over trash cans at the trailhead. The nature-oriented signs along the trail are showing signs of wear. There are a few directional signs here and there. The trail winds through some cool sun-dappled cedar breaks, which are always welcome., with some grassy meadows. There are no signs indicating the waterfall, but I could hear it, which led me to it. A nice 4-foot drop. Above the falls, I spotted a few 10 to 12 inch bass in a deeper pool, with a few turtles. Surprising for an Austin green belt, I saw no poison ivy.
Yes, there are signs of wild pig, but in my humble opinion they are no threat. You would have to try hard to get them to hurt you- if you could find them.
All in all, the trail is an easy hike and easy to reach.

trail running
5 months ago

Basic loop. Entrance is kinda hard to spot, the "parking lot" across the road is small and VERY pot-hole ridden- but hey, it's the great outdoors, so who really cares? But...the trashcans where overflowing. I bet they get emptied form time to time, but man was it sorta sad- nature trail and litter galore right at the entrance.

But as for trail running, I only give this a 3 because there are no hills, and no stream crossings, and it's very short (the loop is about a mile). For hiking I'd give it a four but for trail running, I had to run four laps to get in the mileage, and I got no hill workout.

The signage is great, no chance of getting lost. There's a bench on the mini-loop in case you need to rest. While there's some noise pollution, the scenery is very nice. But again, for trail running, this would be good for beginners, as it's so short, and has little in the way of hills and not much technical stuff. The best part of this loop: it's right next to the Bull Creek greenbelt, and just down the road form St Edwards park.

hiking
5 months ago

walking
7 months ago

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

walking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

This is a short, trail in the Bull Creek park area. The noise from the highway is annoying but about half way into the hike, it will disappear and be replaced by the sounds of birds and waterfalls. There are two excellent waterfalls and lots of signs of wildlife.
I did see lots of evidence of wild pigs so be careful!

hiking
Saturday, August 22, 2015

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015