Turkey Creek Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, fishing, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 206 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Rocky and rooty terrain make for great exercise and practice on this trail. 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. 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.

hiking
1 day ago

this trail is a must but when the water is running I guess it's a drought

hiking
1 day ago

2 stars but it wasn’t bad by any means. I enjoyed it but I think review inflation here is a real problem. I could give this a 3 or 4 because there were no “real” problems with it but then what would that make a beautiful trail in Utah or Hawaii or Colorado. I think 2 is fair

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muddy
3 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Super exciting trail. Very easy to follow without any confusion! Dog friendly as well. One of the best trails in Austin, I’ll be coming here more often!

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rocky
18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, challenging but not too difficult for the kids

hiking
1 month ago

Pleasant walk and very shaded! The fern wall overhang at the farthest point on the trail is quite beautiful! There are several creek crossings, with each crossing having multiple options for stone stepping. The trail is also a little different than AllTrails map, the loop portion on the back-end starts a bit sooner. There was a correct map posted at the trailhead and right before the split on the trail. Even with the storms early this and last week, the trails were in great condition. Only one area was muddy and it was easy to go around. This trail is an off-leash area for dogs. I prefer to keep my dog on leash and we didn't have any issues with all the friendly pooches saying hello. Everyone was friendly and staying socially distanced, stepping out of the way for you to pass. The parking lot is small. I went on a Friday, arrived around 9;30am and it was about 1/4 filled. When I came out around 10:45am it was full. I saw some folks parked on the side of the road, but there's signs that say No Parking, so be aware of the arrows on them! Also, the trail head parking lot is BEFORE the ticket/payment area for Emma Long Park! I paid online thinking I needed to pay the entry fee. However, the lakeside part of Emma Long Park is wonderful. From what I understand the CCC planted most of the huge shade trees in the 1930/40s. Bring a camping chair so you can sit under one of the cypress trees right on the water! Swimming was permitted in the lake.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike. Hikers were respectful of social distancing practices and sharing the path. Dogs were off-leash but all the owners we came across were good about making sure their pups stayed with them. It was beautiful and not too busy around 1:30pm. It started getting busier when we left around 3pm.

hiking
1 month ago

So nice! Clean water and dogs allowed off leash!! Don’t go if you don’t want dogs coming up to you. Shaded easy 2.8 miles took us about 1.5 hours for a casual hike, clean water for dogs to play in!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderately easy trail - wasn’t too crowded for a weekday morning. Easy for strolling with a few rocky parts (very small). Was nicely shaded.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Not crowded, nice landscape, clean, plenty of shade. Would recommend to anyone looking to hike in a group or alone.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Heads up, this is a hiking only trail, no MTB allowed. The Ema Long motocross loop is nearby and a great, but challenging, ride.

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rocky
2 months ago

Quite a workout! Lot of rocky and warning: may walk cross the creek several times so wear water/hiking shoes. Overall, it’s a nice place and quiet.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

My all time favorite trail in Austin. On the easy side of moderate difficulty. At 2.8 miles it is a perfect family hike. Off leash for dogs perfect for the pets and in Spring (or after showers) a flowing creek throughout offers crossing challenges and dog ponds. It has elevation change at end of loop that transitions from lower mossy creek to upper plateau with a dynamic scenery change of open meadow area that offers variety and a welcome rest. The back of loop is the payoff and worth reaching, in the Summer-Fall the lower moss overhang enjoys a 10 deg drop in temperature. The upper plateau offers blue bonnets in the Spring and seasonal blooms in the Fall.

hiking
4 months ago

a naughty dog put a hole in my sweatshirt

hiking
4 months ago

New to Austin and I enjoyed the trail. Hopefully I can find a trail with no pets. My friend is terrified of dogs so it made the hike quite uncomfortable when dogs unexpectedly ran upon you with no owner in site. The dog poop was left all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, I have three dogs and I’m fortunate to have several acres for my dogs but not everyone is ok with dogs running around unleashed.

4 months ago

All the dogs on this trail are off-leash, one of them bit me. Not a good trail for hiking if you're not dog walking.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is alright, not really anything that scenic. This is a designated off-leash dog area, so expect to see lots of dogs off-leash. Saw a lady with 11 dogs, all off-leash. She also had no baggies to pick up after the dogs. Hmm... Lots of people who use this trail are incapable of picking up their dog's crap. There's also lots of people who will bag the crap then leave it sitting by the side of the trail. Stretches of this trail are permeated by the smell of dog feces. Saw a bag of dog crap someone left about 50 feet from the trash can. Also saw a pile of dog crap at the informational sign, within 20 feet of the doggy pickup bag dispenser and the trash can. So, if you like mediocre scenery as well as the smell and sight of dog poop, this is the trail for you!

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail to hike with your dog off-leash. Weekends are busiest, but everyone is friendly as well as the dogs. Go during the week if you like less foot traffic. It’s easy to get lost so make sure to follow the signs!

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail for people who are active but are beginning to hike ! It has challenges like elevations, passing through rivers, going under trees. It’s really nice !

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muddy
5 months ago

Great trail in the Austin metro area.

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

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