Upper Shoal Creek Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Upper Shoal Creek Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

19 days ago

Nice park for the family and dogs!

trail running
2 months ago

So I actually parked at the Randalls between 35th and 38th St. So I have no idea where you could park at 29th St. The trail goes through a few parks which have rest rooms, benches, playgrounds, etc. And there are doggie poop-bag stations all along the trail. But as for the trail itself-

The trail goes from concrete to gravel to cracked asphalt to gravel back to concrete (not in that order). You're mostly surrounded by trees, a hillside, lots of grass, and of course Shoal Creek itself (which today was very, very low on the water level). There's a creek crossing, but there's also a smooth, new concrete path next to the creek crossing, in case you don't want to trapse across the rocks. There are several forks in the trail, most of them take you to roads, but some are just at parks where the trail circles the park.

At Pease Park, there is a fork in the trail, and if you take the fork onto the trail with all the wood chips, you get into some actual woods (though still you're in the city and it's noticeable), the trail has a few swithbacks, the trail gains some pretty good elevation and there are several forks, etc. It's like they took trail system from a big wilderness park, and shrunk it down to about an acre.

After Pease Park (if memory serves, today was my first time running this trail) you get into a more noticeable city environment, and you get right next to the creek but on a raised concrete trail. There are several road-bridges you go under with homeless people and graffiti (in open daylight it's completely safe). Around 5th St, the trail is barricaded, as they are working on the trail in that section, making is look new and swanky. That section was fun to me, though, because I had to search for stairs, a way across, ran across some bridges, etc A miniature city adventure.

The trail had plenty of people, but nothing too bad. I could see on a holiday it being very crowded. There where bike riders and dogs on and off leash, other runners, etc. All in all, for a typical city trail, it was pretty good.

4 months ago

Has nice area for dogs and kids. Can be be crowded, but lots of green space.

walking
Friday, March 10, 2017

Actually, I'd call it easy, not moderate like listed. But a beautiful track right in the city! Loved the creek!

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Wife and I hiked from hotel on MLK. VERY CONVEINANT FEOM downtown. We did pull-ups etc on some equipment. Liked the tail. In the city but feels out.

hiking
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This was more of a walking trial than anything else. A lot of it was paved and most of it was separated from the busy road by only a few trees. This trail is good for walking your dogs, going on a family walk, or going on a very easy bike ride.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Good scenery, be cautious of others, be safe! Get off and walk your bike of you have to, have good breaks and plenty of water. Awesome adventure!

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trail running
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

walking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Friday, July 25, 2014

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Saturday, March 08, 2014