Turkey Creek Trail

MODERATE 292 reviews

Turkey Creek Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Lake Hills, Texas that features a river 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.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
170 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Very nice trail. Good for trail running or hiking. Some cons first- no restrooms, water fountains, benches, etc. (except one bench near the beginning). But those aren't very big cons, as some people don't care for those things on trails- the more rugged the better. Also, there are creek crossings seasonally. Still fun though to hop along the rocks. Now what makes this trail way cool (specifically for trail running): 90% rocky and rooty terrain make for great exercise and practice on this type of terrain. There are some climbs near the back which, while not very long, are still pretty decent. The signage and the trail itself is good enough that it'd be hard to get lost. And there are usually other people around, in case of injury. But the best thing: At the back of the trail, the loop part, there are several trails which branch off. You get to climb a little more, and the trails are a little more windy and single track and smooth- at least near the beginning. So if you're running (or hiking or whatever) and are like, "Man, that was a quick trip", you could always take one of the "off trail" trails at the back to add some more exploring and mileage.

nature trips
7 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Convenient hike that is enjoyable year round. Even in August this hike was pleasant due to the shady path, but it is definitely best after a rain or when there's been a rainy season. Full of people and off-leash dogs and, unfortunately, entirely too many bags of dog poop left on the trail by irresponsible owners who can't be bothered carrying out their dog's poop.

22 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Great place to take dog, plenty of creek crossings and shaded areas to enjoy area. Downside is that the secret is out and can get pretty crowded.

walking
1 month ago

Amazing, shaded, easy off-leash trail. My best fur-friend and I LOVED this trail. One caveat, there are spots at the beginning (and, upon return) to be careful with your dog; the road is very close and, if you have an explorer like mine, they can shoot out there.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the kids, took the dogs. Lots of creek crossing and places to splash. Almost entirely shaded.

trail running
2 months ago

This is the trail I run most often. It’s about 2.6 mile loop, but you can double back at the “lollipop head” and go back in the other direction to get about 3.9 miles.
Has a couple good inclines/declines and you cross the creek several times. This is a really fun trail to run and a good workout.

hiking
3 months ago

I love this trail! Great for doggos, very shaded, wide trail, moderate elevation. There's camping at Emma Long Metro Park right next to it. And if you want a riverside lunch afterwards, hit up Ski Shores 5 minutes away.

hiking
5 months ago

We went hiking here 2 days in a row and absolutely loved it. My puppy had never done a hike off-leash and he LOVED it. I wish there were more around us!

nature trips
6 months ago

best trails to take your dog(s), if they have a good recall.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Only downside is all the dog poop everywhere. We found ourselves looking down most of the time to avoid stepping in what we could smell all around us.

If the dog owners would be responsible, the trail would be awesome.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail runs along creek bed in heavy tree cover. No views to speak of but a nice place to get out for a short hike.

hiking
7 months ago

It was beautiful and peaceful, and my dogs had a blast!

7 months ago

Definitely easy to get lost, needs some trail markers, but other than that it was a decent hike. No views, and lots of water for the dogs to swim in.

7 months ago

Beautiful shaded trail

hiking
7 months ago

Took my dog there yesterday. It was really fun for her and not too much of a hiking challenge for me (which is a good thing). We had to cross the creek about 10 Times; so wear hiking shoes and cross carefully. Lots of friendly people and dogs. Total hike is just under 3 miles. We did inadvertently go off trail a couple times. But we managed to get back on trail within a few minutes.

8 months ago

Great to do with the doggy. Lower sections near the creek are nice but with some slipery watercrossings. The upper sections don't have much of a view and is just brushy woods.

hiking
8 months ago

Good trail..could use a bit more markers though, you can easily get lost in the evening/night..

hiking
10 months ago

I really loved this trail.. it is beautiful and cool under the tree coverings.. I loved that it had some options for elevation on the cliff rather than just staying on the creekside. Aroumd the top of the loop looks a little barren and it gets muddy after rain but Its a beautiful scene to walk through. If you have friendly dogs it is a leash free trail so they can roam independently..

10 months ago

Always beautiful.

trail running
11 months ago

Very nice trail. Good for trail running. Some cons first-
no rest rooms, water fountains, benches, etc. (one bench I think, near the beginning). But those aren't very big cons, as some people don't care for those things on trails- the more rugged the better. Also, there are creek crossings, but times I've been there hasn't been water. Still fun though to hop along the rocks.

Now what makes this trail way cool (specifically for trail running):
90% rocky and rooty terrain make for great exercise and practice on this type of terrain. There are some climbs near the back which, while not very long, are still pretty decent. The signage and the trail itself is good enough that it'd be hard to get lost. And there are usually other people around, in case of that ever-looming injury-causing fall. But the best thing, I think:

At the back of the trail, the loop part, there are several trails which branch off. I ran some of these. You get to climb a little more, and the trails are a little more windy and single track and smooth- at least near the beginning, I didn't run very far. So if you're running (or hiking or whatever) and are like, "Man, that was a quick trip", you could always take one of the "off trail" trails at the back to add some more exploring and mileage.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great trail lots of shade very few people

trail running
Saturday, July 08, 2017

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

I've always loved this trail... perfect place to stretch your legs with your dog and when the water is flowing is even better.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The air while hiking this trail was very stale. The creek was mostly standing still causing it to smell. There was A LOT of traffic and a lot of climbing. This trail was definitely not my favorite in Austin. I won't be going back.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

I love this trail. It's perfect for a family hike with my very active three and four year old. We loved that we were able to bring our dog, who got to chase other dogs around and have her first swim. This will be a family favorite.

Watch for the stream crossings. They can be slick. My only complaint is that there are not doggy pick-up stations throughout. We ended up holding dog waste for over a mile.

trail running
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This trail has a good varying of terrain: starts off hard dirt, roots and rocky, gets into the trees with still plenty of roots and rocks, lots of creek crossing, and when you get to the back loop, you get a good workout climbing some stairs, and exactly half way is where you get to nice scenery- some semi-open meadows, level and soft trails, with wild flowers and good places to spot birds and other wildlife.

Trails is marked pretty good. The only confusing parts are some of the creek crossings- it's hard to tell if or when you should cross the creeks, sometimes the trail looks all but gone, then suddenly it appears again. The start of the back loop (where the stairs and meadows are) is at the wooden green box. When you see the wooden green box, go left for an easy route, go right for a more difficult route (steeper, more stairs, more descent). There are some unmarked offshoot trails, for the explorer types- and twice I had to say, "Wait, is it this trail or that trail?" but actually it was pretty obvious. (I'm really weird: I have a sort of phobia of being lost, yet I love trail running, hiking, exploring the woods, etc lol)

The only thing lacking are really good hills. Yes there is a sorta hill, mostly more like large stairsteps, but it ends pretty quickly. But other than this, this trail has pretty much everything. It'll be really fun when the creek is not dry.

trail running
Saturday, May 13, 2017

The creek is pretty dry atm. Super dope for running...just watch out for canine friends.

Monday, April 24, 2017

kiddos loved it. only did 1/2 mile but will go back for more

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

It's a nice trail with a lot of water rock crossings. Tons of dogs running around having fun. The parking lot is small and people have to wait to park at least on Saturday's but people come and go so just be patient for a spot to park.

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