Stevenson Preserve Loop Trail

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Stevenson Preserve Loop Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

The scenery on this hike is typical for Austin. Most of the trail is open area with different grasses and weeds growing. There are also sections of trail that wind through cedar-wooded areas. In some spots, you will see remnants of old rock walls as in other greenbelts in Austin. The trails in this preserve do not appear to be maintained, so some sections are well-defined, while others are difficult to really follow well. It is extremely easy to get lost with all of the criss-crossing trails, so a GPS receiver with tracking enabled is a good idea. Also, people ride motorcycles on these trails, so keep your eyes and ears open for them.

walking
1 month ago

Ok, trails are not marked.

hiking
2 months ago

So there's a lot more to this trail than just the 1.5 mile loop. I got pretty lost on my first time here as there are really no mile markers around. Wasn't too bad because it's pretty much completely shaded. Many parts of the trail are very narrow and you might have to step aside to let people go by you so keep your eyes peeled. Be sure to bring water. They don't have any fountains at the park from what I could see. Also wear shoes with good support, lots of rocks and branches. All in all, cool neighborhood spot to go if you live in the area!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

These are great trails for walking the dogs, it's easy to escape and walk trails with little signs of the city around. Very nice city escape.

mountain biking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Don't bother with any rain in site. No direction. Just a bunch of shoot off trails.

walking
Sunday, May 10, 2015

This is a great little pocket of hills and trees and wildlife in the middle of a city.
We live in the neighborhood and walk the trails of Stephenson almost daily. There are dozens of criss-crossing trails that can either lead to great adventure or confusing frustration, depending on your attitude. You can have walks of a mile or follow the meanders and turn at the intersections and put in four miles or more. We've seen all kinds of wildlife: deer, rabbits, hundreds of butterflies, snakes, lizards, etc. A very enjoyable place.

nature trips
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Charming, enchanting forest with magical mystical winding roads where you'll meet a real corpse of a dead dragon, as well as a land nymph made of barbed wire. Often the colors and the terrain changes and there are many forks, (do take them as Yogi advises). But beware of the forest trolls who live in the caves. Avoid the golden path into the ethereal space or you'll be lost forever.

hiking
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mostly a walk around the park, very little trail, and not easy to see what trail there was. We walked all the way around and only covered a mile. The park backs right up to houses, so the path is sandwiched between. Not sure how anyone got 2 miles, pretty much misrepresented. Not going back again.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This is a great area to hike or bike. You need a decent sturdy mountain bike for rocks, ruts, and bumps but it makes for an easy hike. I find this trail best for rides after a light rain. There are areas of loose sand that can cause you to lose traction as well as many hard lumps left in the dried mud after heavy rains. Light rain packs down the sand and softens the bumps. After a heavy rain this course becomes a slop-fest and is nearly impossible to ride. This is NOT a leash free area. The area appears to be an old farm and there is barbed wire everywhere plus many wild animals like snakes, deer, raccoons and coyotes that could harm your pet. My dog loves this place but I keep her leashed. We've already had a deer chasing adventure turn into 34 stitches on account of barbed wire in the nature preserve north of Wm Cannon. Lesson learned.

hiking
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Excellent hike. Kids enjoyed it. No trail markers but all trails end at the park. Enjoy it.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Not actually a dog park though people treat it as such. It's actually supposed to be a preserve. I've been charged by off-leash dogs here. There are many unofficial trails in Stephenson and the adjacent Longview Park (which has the athletic field and playground).

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