Explore the most popular cave trails near Austin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The homestead Trail was nearly impossible to find. I went out there once before and couldn't find it at all. I went out there second time with my cell phone that had a GPS map on it, and I almost missed it again. My friend and I walked down it a little bit and it's really overgrown. We turned around after about a half-mile because there was a huge spider webs crossing the trail with a huge spider on it. We figured is that was at the beginning of the trail, where most people probably walked, it was just going to get really primitive later on. The Onion Creek Trail, which we did only that loop instead of doing both loops, was nice but a little boring.

None of the parts of this trail are particularly hard, but you'll feel a bit tired after this trail, as the trail is consistently moderately strenuous.The trail is well marked, and there is very little traffic out here -- you might not see anybody else on the trail.

Loved this trail, great views and a couple nice waterfalls at the end of the trail! Plan on going back more often.

my favorite place in Texas <3 great views and easy trails. plenty of places to cool off too.

It was great to see the giant Cypress Tree but it was hard to determine which trails we were on and we “accidentally” found it! Mostly easy, well traveled trails; i prefer more primitive trails.

Easy relaxing walk...would be a great place to go fishing if there were not so many families swimming. The waterfalls were non-existing due to lack of rain. Trail was EASY! Trails were not marked so it was hard to tell which trail you were on. Lots of people. And this was on a Monday afternoon walk.

walking
1 month ago

Nice for a leisurely walk with your pet, decent scenery. Not my favorite of the choices of hiking around Austin, but the falls were nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Hit this trail again, hiking this time. It was really, really muddy at the bottom by the creek, but the rest was solid. There are just enough major forks in this trail system to give you a sense of exploration and adventure, but nothing so bad that you'll get lost, because every major fork leads you back to the neighborhood.

No water fountains, rest rooms, doggy-bag stations, etc. I think there's one bench near the beginning of the trail, and that's it. But don't let this deter you, it's a fun trail, and hey, it's like, 99% shaded.

hiking
2 months ago

Parking on a Sunday was more of a challenge than the actual hike! It’s next to Barton Springs city pool. Place was jam packed at the pool and their were a lot of people on the trail. The trail leads to mountain climbing areas, small water holes, small observation cliffs. There was a really nice place where a couple found a random lone tree in a pebbled creek and we’re having a picnic. The biggest issues are the bikers on the trail. I passed about 11 of them and only one warned me that they were behind me. The rest were zipping by liked they owned the place. No heads up, no head count if they were in a pack, and going too fast on lose gravel.

The falls were not what I expected the trail were ok. would choose another place to hike at if I had the option

Nice easy hike with good views of the lower and upper waterfalls. Go early to avoid the crowds of people swimming. The paved Onion Creek loop adds some miles but is more like a leisurely walk instead of hiking. Nice wildflowers along the loop.

backpacking
3 months ago

Fantastic trail. Great for a long backpacking training hike.

Great hike trail went on Mother’s Day

Love to hike on weekends and on climb some bluffs here. It has some pretty nice views and fun sights! Bring bug spray, camera, and sun screen. There are also lots of animals out there!

this was an amazing hidden gem, in austin, really beautiful views and trees, really shaded. My girls loved it to.

fun trail for the family, well marked and cool sights

Ignore the power lines, and get a third of a mile into the trail and you will be rewarded with a heavily wooded lightly traveled trail area. Weekdays on the late afternoon offer an eerie low light secluded experience that has a bit of a Blair Witch feel to it...just not disappointing as the movie.

Mild hike, rocky at parts, had to cross in the creek twice. Hill of life was a great end to the trail! Mostly shaded woods, so bring bug spray. Still Texas, so bring sunscreen too!

Beautiful wooded trail with enjoyable but tricky-enough elevation to keep you interested and smiling! I didn’t run into a single other person, which was surprising on a Sunday afternoon. The trail is fairly well marked but can be hard to follow at times because of the rocky hillsides. I will definitely go back!

It was easy and relaxing.

If you are ok with hanging out under power lines, this might be tolerable. However, that’s all I could see and the size and volume of power structures was a total turn-off when there are so many more places to go on a great hike in the area.

Nice trail.

But since it was a holiday weekend, it was pretty busy.

Two things:

What’s the point of picking up after your dog with a baggie if you’re just going to leave it on the trail?

If you’re looking for solitude, be ready for people sitting on the rocks by the falls with music playing from a speaker.

Other than that, great trail and a fun day.

Great running trail.

It’s hard to get your footing at some points but the view were with it. The trail labeling needed some help too. But overall fun!

Great hiking in Austin!!

I stumbled upon this place when I was driving around Austin. Its a great park and a fun hike. Very interesting stream and falls. Like walking on the moon!

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