Turkey Creek Trail

MODERATE 218 reviews

Turkey Creek Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, 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
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

There is a small gravel parking lot that holds at most 20 cars. Be aware that parking on the street may result in cars being towed.

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
7 days ago

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

hiking
2 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..

2 months ago

Always beautiful.

trail running
3 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
4 months ago

Great trail lots of shade very few people

trail running
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail for humans and dogs

9 months ago

Loved it! Lots of water and mild to moderate Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Easy and peaceful trail. you will get your feet wet most of the time.

10 months ago

Not very difficult and I'm pretty out of shape. It's pretty, you cross the creek a lot, at times with not a clear line of rocks, so you'll probably get your shoes wet (it's really not deep, it's not a big deal). They allow dogs off the leash and there were a LOT of dogs when I went, running around. It gets mildly more difficult further in, but for the most part the trail is flat. People leave their plastic bags of dog poop all over the place, unfortunately.

TL;DR It's nice scenery, it's not difficult, don't go if you don't want to be approached by dogs throughout the trail. And your shoes might get wet.

10 months ago

Was beautiful expect for all the nasty doggie(plastic) bags full of poop all over. People shove them in holes of trees hang them in trees and it was honestly disgusting to see. Austin had gone plastic free so why not allow the poop to disintegrate naturally instead of picking it up and placing it into plastic bags. Make zero sense. Hmmm dog poop takes a few weeks and plastic bags, well never. Think people. Other than that it was a great hiking trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy trail. not sure why it's rated moderate. You cross the river a bunch of times.

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