St Edwards Park Creek Trail

MODERATE 310 reviews
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St Edwards Park Creek Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

From Capitol Of Texas Highway take Spicewood Springs Rd to the west 2.5 miles to parking area. From highway 183 take the McNeil Dr./Spicewood Springs Rd exit, turn on Spicewood Springs Rd and the parking area is 3.5 miles.

hiking
10 days ago

Most of the trail was beautiful. Some parts were right along a main road. Not difficult at all (though path is loose rock)

trail running
10 days ago

Today I parked at the 360 parking where the Bull Creek Loop starts. Plenty of parking there. I ran the Bull Creek Loop trail until you get to the intersection underneath the huge powerlines, and instead of turning back towards east and staying on the loop, I turned west, went through some gates and across a street, through a nice trail through the woods- mostly single track with "cobble stone" type rocks. This trail led me right to St Edward's park.

The park was the same as last time. Plenty of rocky trail, dirt trail, tree roots, large and step ups, elevation changes, brush creeping in on the trail- and the best part, as usual, is the trail that goes right along the creek-cliffside. Wonderful views. Also saw two other people, not running but dressed in normal street clothes, looking at their GPS, discussing location. I'm guessing they were geocaching. There are plenty of geocaches in this park.

we travel this trail often... good trail for an easy hike... on weekends it can be crowded... go during the week... and go up.

hiking
2 months ago

Not sure I would put it in the Top 5 trails for Austin, but it's a decent trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Trails could be better maintained, and marked, but it's a beautiful area and a fun hike.

3 months ago

Love this trail with elevation difference

hiking
3 months ago

Just wasn't as fun as I expected. So many different trails I got confused. And really overgrown trails. The water was nice and lots of swimmers out.

hiking
3 months ago

Terribly marked, got lost and wound up trapped in a thorn/overgrown brush trap. Don't recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

We must have went on the worst day. It was extremely muddy and we kept literally getting stuck in thick mud. It was pretty but nothing to write home about.

walking
4 months ago

4 months ago

So over grown and not a wide path. Would not recommend or return again

hiking
4 months ago

Visiting Austin area for 2 months. Found this hike on the app. Wasn't too impressed. Many of the paths are heavily overgrown and the river was wicked low right now. Although many people followed the rules with dogs leashed, not everyone did unfortunately. Didn't come across any snakes on our trip. Don't think we'll be returning to this spot during our visit.

4 months ago

Great trail water is super low right now. We normally go here for some good swimming holes. I wouldn't recommend it right now for swimming tho.

4 months ago

Running here is always a treat. Plenty of people, but not so many that's overwhelming. The two sides of the park, the trails on each side (once past the creek) are very good hills climbs. The more north side has some ups and downs and is a bit technical, a few turns. The more south side is one gradual, mostly smooth (but rocky) run straight up. I suggest for a good workout, start on one side and run to the back, then run the other side to the front, then reverse. Good hill repeats this way.

And if you stay on the north/east side of the creek, and run some of the trail (not marked on the map) along the creek, you'll definitely have a good chance at spotting some deer.

hiking
4 months ago

Gave this 4 stars because the water was so low, we got to hike right up the river. The trails themselves are nothing special. Hike is worth it though.

trail running
5 months ago

And beware of snakes.

This place is beautiful.
There is running water and a northern vista from atop one of the hillside trails. An easy hike to get to IMO.

Some of the trails have a bit of overgrowth, but take your time, watch where you're stepping and beware of snakes. They're kinda hard to see at first but the ones I saw where hanging out in the middle of the trail. I saw three on three different occasions. This last time my dog got bit by what I think might have been a copper head. I think this might be helpful. So, don't be me. Keep your doggo bringing up the rear or trailing a bit behind you. You might be able to see them before they can.

hiking
5 months ago

multiple trails and not all ate in this app, as isnnoted by others, we chose one close to creek, then crossed creek and hiked up the hill. The creek is great for summer lounging, trails well marked, although some signs covered by graffiti. Busy even in summer, many dogs, well behaved. A good place to explore due to the many trails.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful lush terrains along the creek. We are inexperienced hikers and there were so many beautiful spots to stop and jump in and swim. As long as we stayed along the creek we never felt like we would get lost, and we didn't. This was a great place to bring the kids back to. Several rope swing spots and a pretty incredible dam wall near where we parked that you can walk across.

6 months ago

This trail is nicely shaded with access to the creek at various points along the trail. It's narrow so you'll need to stop and allow others to pass. Took my dogs and they enjoyed stopping at the creek for a swim. Easy, peasy and relaxing!

trail running
7 months ago

Trail running again yesterday.

As I said below, on the north/east side of the creek, it's easy to moderate. Mostly flat, softer dirt. On the south/west side, it gets steep, rocky, and rugged. If you want to get some hardcore trail running, mountain biking, hiking in, this park is pretty good, even if it only has 7 or 8 miles of trail system (despite the 3.5 in the description).

If I failed to mention below, this park and trail system has some of the best views. On the south/west side of the creek, take one of the three middle trails up towards the back, and take the first trail into the middle of the trail system. You should be right above the creek, and the views are totally awesome.

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