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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.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 98 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
flooded
muddy
9 days ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
off trail
over grown
7 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
muddy
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

They've paved a lot of this trail, but there is still very little signage, making it a little tough to navigate your way to the distance you want.

hiking
Sun Feb 03 2019

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

running
Wed Jun 21 2017

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.

hiking
Sun Jun 04 2017

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.

walking
Tue Apr 04 2017

A (leashed) dog friendly park, in addition to the usual park amentities. During the week it is not heavily used - I've often been the only one on the trails (glad my dog can look intimidating). Open fields, sort of hilly, woodsy trails, an old paved road along the creek (which sometimes smells of sewage), a spring. Eventually it will connect with the Walnut Creek Trail but currently the Waters Park Relief Main project is in full swing blocking off the east section of the park. Poison ivy is around and while I've only seen one small one, snakes would feel very at home. I like this park in the summer since so many of the trails are woodsy / shaded.

Address is wrong

hiking
Mon Jan 30 2017

Parking for this park is on Amherst.

Mon Nov 16 2015

Went after a rain and all the water was flowing. Be sure to follow the map and hike the whole thing. Lots of traffic noise but for a park trail, pretty nice 4 mile loop.

hiking
Sun Dec 02 2012

It's an ok hike. You come upon a bridge with traffic and graffiti. Kind of scary wouldn't be surprised if homeless people live in those woods.

hiking
Fri Apr 27 2012

City hike complete with traffic, graffiti, sewer smell, and trash. No trail markers. I got off track several times and ended up on side streets even while following my gps. The whole park seems unkempt and under construction. Will not be doing this again.

hiking
Sat Mar 17 2012

It was a nice hike, some trash along the trail due to the rain. Alot

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
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hiking
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