Explore the most popular 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.



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Always a good choice, although most people think so, as they're always tons of people around. Easy hike, just a little rocky at some points.

It's a good choice for easy hiking and plenty of choices what direction to take. So many trails in this park, you can walk for an hour or take the entire day. Lots of cyclists and dogs too.

Nice trail. Enjoyed the waterfall.

Awesome hike!!!

Nice trail... lots of road and lawn equipment noise. I was there on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and only saw two other people.

13 days ago

I expected more out of this one. I hiked this trail in July while visiting Austin. The old homestead buildings were interesting. but the falls were underwhelming. They were nearly dry when I visited, and there was litter everywhere, especially around the swimming hole. I'm sad to say that the human footprint kind of ruined this experience for me.

Google sadly gave directions through a private, gated, locked driveway. The hike is short, maybe 1/2 a mile. Waterfall is about 4', would be fun in summer, assuming there's still water following.

Nice hike with elevation change. Very crowded on Sunday afternoon. Lots of dogs on leashes, but a fe owners weren’t picking up after their pets. Narrow trails.

This is a very nice little trail especially considering how close to a neighborhood it lies. At some points you can still hear road noise and lawn care tools from the suburban homes nearby, but it really is very pretty. Feels much more remote than it is. Narrow enough that walking two abreast is not possible for the majority of its length. Not a challenging hike, other than the fact that there are lots of rocks and tree roots, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable trail running here myself. There were just a few mildly slippery spots, which would probably be worse if it has rained more recently. This would be wonderful in the summer as it is mostly shaded. We parked in the tiny lot near the trailhead; only three spots there and it’s not labeled. On a gorgeous (sunny and 70F) Saturday morning around 11 AM, we passed only four or five people, all with dogs on leash. Will definitely be returning.

This trail is for the casual, neighborhood walker. It’s partially paved, mostly shaded accept about a fourth at the end. It’s mainly like walking through a park. The other side of the street is houses. Very quiet, respectful folks. There are some great picnic tables along the way if you’re looking for a short, family walk and picnic.

Excellent access, especially from Pemberton Place neighborhood.

mountain biking
18 days ago

This is a beautiful trail in the fall. It is crowded with foot traffic in some spots but the views are great.

REWARD: We lost our pup Saturday 11/17 hiking here. He unfortunately was off lease and was chased by another off leash dog. He is a small brown doxie mix, about 11#s. His name is Winston and he is very skittish around people. If you see him please contact 512-758.3126.

It was my favorite place to hike and bring my dog to swim until someone decided they needed to break into my vehicle. So take your valuables and keep your eyes open. I won't be back. fwiw I was parked right next to the road and it was early on a Sunday day of all times....

While in Austin (I live in San Antonio), I make it a point to get to this upper-moderate level trail, especially when it has recently rained so the creeks are flowing nicely. Just hiked it for the fifth time on 11/11. Beautiful trail, great workout, lots of stairs. A solid liter of water will do you just fine unless it’s summer. It’s short but you can squeeze 3-4 miles out of the whole trail system. A true gem just 25 minutes from downtown ATX.

Great trail to power through. Stair climbs really got the heart rate pumping.

today, trail was a bit muddy from last night's rain. well worth the time.

trail running
1 month ago

Perfect for running on/off trail options. Bikers are always polite and either ring a bell or say something to give a heads up. Most even let you know when a group passes who’s the last one or how many are in the group. Dog meet ups and play dates created with amazing people. Just love this place.

Good hike inside the city. Great for swimming when we get enough rain.

Be cool

Nice, easy urban trail. Not moderate at all. Wide trail, mixed use. Ok for runners, walkers, cyclists, pets. Stevie Ray Vaughan statue on the south side of the river is cool.

1 month ago

Great hike, nice elevation changes, beautiful scenery and well marked (which is a luxury in Austin). Highly recommend for a moderate and fun trail.

Fun to wander around and check out disc golf course. Nice trail for a walk or trail run

This preserve was set aside to protect several caves with rare biota, and which forms part of the drainage that supplies water directly to Barton Springs. The preserve itself is an urban greenbelt that is somewhat dense and overgrown, but not exactly bushwhacking. Visiting several of the caves on site is permissible by permit, usually given to caving groups and educational groups through Austin Parks and Recreation in order to preserve the caves and protect public safety

trail running
1 month ago

Nice trail and lovely light codes during this beautiful Galactic alignment healing the earth grids. Namaste

1 month ago

More of a dog park then anything else. My dog loves to go there to swim.

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