Walnut Creek Trail in Balcones Community Park

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Balcones Community Park

Walnut Creek Trail in Balcones Community Park is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length1.3 miElevation gain98 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Carl Street
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Hiking

A really good starter trail for you and your dog.

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lisa distin
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Holly Berry
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Daniel Spence
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Davis Caraway
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Road bikingGreat!
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Justin Joswiak
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Cory Berry
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Alyssa DePinto
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Mostly concrete and paved like a road which is perfect for skaters and bikers. Fairly shaded trail that runs by a creek, perfect for strollin.

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Isabella Albino
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WalkingGreat!
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lisa distin
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Justin Morris
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Steph Niermann
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Walking

Great short hike, especially if riding bikes, on skates or with pup. Most of the trail is paved and pretty shaded most of the trail.

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Mariana Figueroa
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Nice !

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Kenya S
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Hiking

Great trail. A beautiful scenery, partially paved. Not crowded and plenty of parking. A few good inclines and very peaceful. There is a huge field (dog park) to let your pooch run around. The creek was dry, however there was a small stream about 2/3rd in. Lots of shade too.

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Megan Dawson
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took my dog and we had a great time. Easy trail, plenty of shade, and very dog friendly. Also lots of parking.

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Rayee Roded
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Lita Medinger
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Hiking

A beautiful, paved trail that goes through wooded areas, under a railroad, and more. Family friendly with lots of shade.

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Kristoph Saboteur
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Figure-8 loop; 1.7 mile hike with off-trail hiking; Leads back to left-side of the swimming pool; lots of rocks in off-trail; Can also backtrack on paved trail when completing figure-8

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James Rehler
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Big Marv
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Half of the trail is alongside the creek nice shade too. A little foot traffic. Second half is concrete bikers and strollers. I would rather have turned back and repeated the first half. Good for dogs and kids.

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Trisha Belliveau
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There's a lot of construction going on. Too much pavement for my liking but can avoid most of it.

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Jacob McDaniel
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More than half the trail is closed for making it sidewalk

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Emylee Priem
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It was a nice hike, the rocky terrain and hills made it worth it. I hiked it twice just because it seemed so small.

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B.J. Allen
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Did some trail running here. This "trail" is at a park with a whole system of trails. There's a swimming pool, a basketball court, a playground, and some (hard to find) picnic tables and horseshoes. But as for the trails: These trails are very, very rocky and rooty (tree roots). Right now in the Spring, there's lots of foliage creeping into the trail to contend with. The trails have some ups and downs, a few places to even "scrmble" up. There are a few inclines, and one particular hill is rather long, very rocky, a very good workout. These trails, with no signage, keep you on your toes. But with little rain recently, the creek was all dry, and I think it'll take a lot of rain to get some good flow. Also, as noted above, the trails are not marked at all. This isn't necessarily bad, as the park is small, but just hiking you could get turned around and feel exasperated, not knowing which way to turn in this tangle o trails. Sometimes, too, the trail is hard to spot. And as for trail running, I ran on these trails, hit each one at least twice trying to make sure to hit them all and sorta get my bearings, but only ran for about 45 minutes. All in all, if this park a) had a little more signage, b) some trails more maintained, c) had a better creek (of course we can't blame mother nature for doing it's thing) and d) more miles of trails, it'd be totally awesome. You get a lot- very rocky trails, good hill climbs, some exploring- but in a little space.

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Zane Milakovic
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Was a nice decent outing. The trail is poorly marked though so we ended up doing some harder difficulty sections accidentally that luckily crossed part way. Part of the trail is also blocked off because of construction of some sort. The flowers were very nice and some of the best parts of the trail were deeper in the woods which was beautiful.

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Kannan Kannan Deenadayalan
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Address is wrong

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Carol Hubbard
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Parking for this park is on Amherst.

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