Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

A nice maybe 15-20 minute walk to the water fall, if that. I took my 3 year old here today to do a little hike and swimming. The grass was a bit overgrown and there were a few flying critters around, but overall not bad because it was a short trail. The water was 1 ft maybe 1.5 in areas but mostly just a few inches so it was the perfect height for my 3 year old to walk and splash around as he pleases and me not be too worried. He was wearing his KEENs which I would recommend for children; he did not slip once.

Very well maintained and the trail markings are great. A lot of benches here and there. Quite a few steps and Rocky areas but the overlooks totally make up for it. I suggest making a visit to the waterfall. it's pretty cool but not much water.

trail running
29 days ago

I run this trail frequently. Fairly easy terrain. Not much shade in the summer. Porta-potties at trailhead. Also note: no dogs allowed on or off leash.

trail running
1 month ago

I had good time running this trail, it's easy to get a little turned around but there's no way to get off the trail. it's a wildlife and nature preserve so it's quite clear where the dont want you to go. The creek is pretty and it really makes you feel like you're away from the city.

hiking
1 month ago

Narrow and Lots of weeds/vegetation growth. Encountered a lot of bugs and huge spider webs across the trail. A serene waterfall, but the path to it is a bit obscure. Bring lots of bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked all the trails forwards and backwards. As always, this trail system delivers the "outdoors hiking" goods.

This information is wrong dogs are not allowed on this trail.

on Wild Basin Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hiking trails. Moderate level.

on Wild Basin Trail

trail running
3 months ago

Fun place to run. Some flat, easy stuff, some technical stuff. It's not big but you can run around in loops, picking trails at random, and easily get in 4+ miles.

I’ve been exploring various parts of Bull Creek for 3+ years now and I just discovered this trail. I am so glad I did - it is less trafficked than the rest of the area probably because dogs aren’t allowed, and it is excellent for a serene hike! The waterfall is very pretty and the trail is easy as it is mostly flat.

walking
3 months ago

I went in not knowing what to expect. I simply wanted to enjoy a walk outdoors that was not on cement. This delivered. There are elevation changes as you walk down to a creek and back up again (oh and across the creek at a few points). I did reference the trail map on my phone so that made it much easier. I could see how simply following the signs would make for slight confusion. The waterfall was a little sparse but still pretty. I would definitely go again.

walking
4 months ago

fairly easy - but a maze of trails (with the map only being at the trail head it is easy to feel lost, BUT YOU'RE NOT, just stay on the path) lots it elevation change - gorgeous waterfall and creek. Strongly recommend if you're looking for a an hour (or so) hike.
No bathrooms or trash disposal along trail so prepare - also a variety of things prohibited - so leave the picnics and furry friends at home!

Open, well-marked, right in Austin.

trail running
4 months ago

This trail is great for it's variety of surfaces in a small place. I like that there are small trail loops that can be combined into a great workout while still being near your car/water.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Not for hiking!

trail running
5 months ago

Parking is usually pretty full, but since it was like 99% humidity and 45 degrees, I actually got there and had my pick. Ran all the trails a few times, just had to be careful not to slip.

I think the thing I like the best about this place is the variety: Waterfall (though not always gushing) into a small lake, the rock formations, the sparse trees up top and more dense vegetation at the bottom, the overlooks are all rather cool, and plenty of creek crossings.

hiking
5 months ago

Cute place! I loved it. It’s about 3 miles to see all of the trails. No pets allowed so there’s no worry about stepping in poo. There is a pretty creek, waterfall, and scenic overlook.

hiking
5 months ago

Super cool. Myself, 3 year old and 5 month strapped to me. We only did about half the trail and I loved it.
A few options.
Starts at the top of a decent size hill and you work you're way downto valley. Did not see beckoning water fall this time.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Yeah, don’t hike here and don’t bring your dog. This is for off road motorcycles and mountain bikes only. I can’t stress this enough. A very fast and technical trail system. I have been riding this for over 20 years.

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect for kiddos and alone. Beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

A nice scenic loop trail with views of Austin and a small waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Not too difficult and saw lots of parents with kids.

mountain biking
7 months ago

This is a great trail to ride your trail bike, but beware of dogs off leash. One ran in front of my bike last year and I crashed and broke my arm in the fall. Other than that, I highly recommend this one for bike riding.

Easy hike rather than moderate. The view of the waterfall is obstructed by trees. I don’t know how people get good photos of it without somehow going off the trail into the no stepping zones and climbing some trees.

I filed an Austin311 complaint on the overflowing and tipped over trash cans at the trailhead. The nature-oriented signs along the trail are showing signs of wear. There are a few directional signs here and there. The trail winds through some cool sun-dappled cedar breaks, which are always welcome., with some grassy meadows. There are no signs indicating the waterfall, but I could hear it, which led me to it. A nice 4-foot drop. Above the falls, I spotted a few 10 to 12 inch bass in a deeper pool, with a few turtles. Surprising for an Austin green belt, I saw no poison ivy.
Yes, there are signs of wild pig, but in my humble opinion they are no threat. You would have to try hard to get them to hurt you- if you could find them.
All in all, the trail is an easy hike and easy to reach.

trail running
9 months ago

A go to trail. Runners and walkers: be careful. The trail is tight in sections and high speed mountain bikes and horses frequent this trail. Be careful!

on Wild Basin Trail

hiking
9 months ago

The noisy highway is right next to this nature preserve. There were a lot of families with kids walking the trail.

got to pay attention to where you're going otherwise you will go off course. excellent sightseeing, dog friendly and always shaded from the Sun. definitely requires hiking shoes if not well footage shoes and some water. well recommended for the more advanced nature Seeker.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Super fun trail. Crank, crank, crank, lean back and huck! Pray for good luck.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail and you could feel different temperatures in different elevations.

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