Walnut Creek Trail

EASY 408 reviews

Walnut Creek Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 62 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

river

views

wildlife

muddy

no shade

This is a great route for dogs, bikes, and walking. Many enjoy sunbathing at the creek while dogs playing in the water. There are many interconnecting trails in the area to extend this hike and continue exploring. Please note that is not advised to travel along the route when conditions are wet. Walking and biking along the wet clay can further the damage done by rain.

Not as clean as usual. lack of hiking ban?

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This trail was easy to walk/run! Lots of pretty plants and a couple of nice water areas, creeks mainly. Very peaceful, but also very heavy traffic of bikes. Lots of dogs off leash which was nice. I loved it for an easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

An excellent off-road biking trail with nice options for hiking in shaded area. There's lots of different trails and easy to get on the wrong one.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall great to get outside and enjoy some trails, but other reviews are correct in that there are a lot of bikers who come out of nowhere and the trails aren’t well marked. Still enjoyable though!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a good trail. There weren’t many people out when I went (middle of the day on a weekday), so it was nice and quiet. Although, I have to say that it didn’t make up for the fact that there was a decent amount of trash along the way. The water isn’t as clear as many other trails in Austin, but that may just have been the way it was on the day I went. I would still recommend this trail, though. It is definitely worth exploring, but make sure to use the app, as there are many side trails and things to explore that aren’t marked.

hiking
3 months ago

The other reviews are on target, both in the good features and the shortcomings. I love the trail and the park because it’s a good place for hiking, there’s a huge off-leash area for dogs, and most of the mountain bikers who enjoy the park are considerate of other users. I’ll make just a few points to clarify issues brought up by others: 1. Dogs are allowed off leash in the area between the park road and Walnut Creek. If you don’t like encountering dogs that are off leash, don’t use that part of the park. 2. A kiosk about halfway between the swimming pool and the paved trail (the Northern Walnut Creek Trail) shows the rules for the park, including who should yield to whom on the trails. If you have any questions about the rules, read the posters at the kiosk. 3. Unfortunately the complaints about dog poop are on target. If you’re walking your dog, pick up whatever your dog leaves plus one. And don’t leave the bagged poop in the park. Carry it out and toss it in one of the trash cans by the entrances to the trail system. 4. In spite of the few reviews that mention going off the trail, don’t. The trails are for humans. The rest of this part of the park is to be left natural to help slow and filter runoff. Going off the trails ruins that natural setting. 5. Along those lines, it’s unfortunate that AllTrails shows so many outlaw trails. The route for this ride or hike is legit, but many of the other trails shown are not. A good rule of thumb is that if two cyclists can’t easily pass each other, it probably isn’t an approved trail. If you see evidence that someone tried to block a trail with brush, then it definitely is not a trail. It’s where someone has gone off the trail and trampled the nature the rest of us come to the park to enjoy. 6. The dirt and rock trails are maintained by volunteers. To help, join the Austin Ridge Riders or at least come to the workdays they organize through the Austin Mountain Biking Meetup group. It really does make a difference, and it’s fun. 7. Off the trails, the natural setting is protected by another group of volunteers, organized as Keep Walnut Creek Wild. To help with that, check out their meetup group. They’re in the park at least twice a month, usually on the second and third Saturdays of the month. They remove plants that don’t belong there, nurture plants that do, restore areas that have been trampled, and battle erosion. 8. One last word about the dog poop: If anyone tells you that it’s OK to leave a bag beside the trail because a park worker will pick it up, tell them they’re nuts. Poop is a problem. Bagged poop left by the trail is two problems: the poop and the plastic. If you see people picking up dog poop others have left in the park, thank them. They aren’t paid. They’re just people who care about the park so much that they would rather pick up after other people’s pets than see that stuff sit there. Help keep the trails and the creeks clean.

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

I just do these various routes at walnut creek. trying to keep it fresh and new for myself and the dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

too many bikes and unleashed dogs for a casual hike. you will be forced off the trail if you're just hiking. good for biking

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was great and easily accessible. Watch out for bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Walked this trail for the first time today. My dog and I didn’t get off the main trail because there weren’t too many signs on the “side trails”, so I wasn’t too sure about going. It would be a lot better with better signs. The main trail was good though, clean trail with a wide path for both bikers and pedestrians. There’s an off leash part and an on leash part. Most dogs were on a leash the whole time. Everyone on the trail today were nice. Will go again and try the other trails.

hiking
4 months ago

Dog friendly, off leash trail. Not well marked trails but dog love it and usually there's water.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little off leash trail that my dogs love, especially when the creek is full of running water.

hiking
5 months ago

open wilderness, multiple trails, off leash, huge areas with lots of river entries

hiking
5 months ago

Me my wife and four kids liked it Not bad for kiddos Ages 7-13

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

I take my small dogs here all the time. If you have a small dog just be warned that there are many large dogs here off leash, but all the ones I’ve met are friendly. Some parts of the dirt trails are too muddy when it rains, but a light sprinkle is fine with good shoes. There is a paved concrete trail running through the middle of the park that is great for when it’s too muddy, and would be good for those with baby strollers or mobility devices. Beautiful right now, early May wildflowers all over the eastern side of the park (look for the trails underneath the power lines). My favorite place to escape from the city a little. Shaded, partial shade to no shade, it really just depends on where you’re walking. Trails are not always well defined/marked as there have been many desire paths woven into the mix of official trails, as well as more recently laid path areas. But it would be hard to get too lost here, unless you’re like 12 and have a poor sense of direction. P.s. if you leave your dogs shit bags on the trail you’re a terrible person... what’s the fucking point of even bagging it up then?

hiking
7 months ago

Relatively easy hike. Great for dogs. Biggest issue on the downside is cleaning up after them. People seem to be leaving the bags all along the trails. Hopefully, they will pick them up on the way out.

lost the dog, investing in lo-jack for him. found

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

~98% shade covered before midday, ~70% covered after. Spends about a quarter mile in the canyon following the creek along natural rock shelves. Beautiful trees and rocks. Great for off leash dogs, especially if they love water.

8 months ago

nice place. easy to moderate trails. stinks like dog sometimes

8 months ago

I'm ready to go there.

hiking
8 months ago

A great spot for a dog walk. Free park too

hiking
9 months ago

This is a moderate hike. Great for dogs and bikes! There were people sunbathing at the creek areas, dogs playing in the water, people running/hiking on the trails... Great trail that's next to a playground. I was able to find community areas with friendly people and more secluded areas with nice streams/creeks. Definitely worth checking out! They also have Bluebonnets growing. Many are around catus. So be careful if you decide to take photos!

9 months ago

very nice trails. It's been a while since I've been on a nature this was not too hard and not too easy. slightly un even and some loose rocks which i appreciate because they help with development of stability muscles. Again the trail was not overwhelming. it was just right even for out of shape novices like me.

10 months ago

beautiful trail to walk

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Really busy but more challenging. Closer to 1.7 miles.

hiking
10 months ago

Sunday late morning: beautiful, easy, lots of dogs running around happily in the creek, multiple parking lots

mountain biking
11 months ago

This park is great but trails get very crowded on weekends—both foot traffic and biking/cycling. No fees for entry (City of Austin park).

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