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

An incredible hike! Hiked to the top on 1/15 and it was perfect visibility (we got lucky). All ice and snow had melted and it was even comfortable at the summit. With the government shut down, we parked right outside of the gate, and easily hiked the extra .9 miles in. Round trip it was 6 hours, even with a solid 30 minutes at the top. Definitely worth whatever drive you need to make to get here!

Very good for hiking, but not for biking. Spent half the time walking or carrying my bike over the rocks. Also very muddy

hiking
15 hours ago

Turkey creek is always a go to for me, especially my dog! There are a few downed trees in the path now, and quite a bit of slippery spots if wet.. but other than that it's a nice trail. My favorite time to go is after it rains, it makes the experience a little more interesting with the higher water level in the creek. Definitely prepare to get your feet wet, and meet quite a few dogs along the way!
There are no bathrooms, or water fountains! so be sure to bring lots of water and prepare ahead of time.

Great views, especially if you go past the balanced rock and scramble up the other side. Super easy.

Amazing views, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze! This was a game changer for me, my brothers and I completed it in 7 hours

Hard but so wort it!

Nice walk the river is beautiful.

Great trail to see wildlife. My son and I went here in the fall and saw quite a few deer.

As always I love this trail!

Sunday brisk walk and the start of a fresh new year. Super easy trail. No need for hiking boots, running shoes are better for this trail. There are a lot of bikers on this trail. So be prepared to move “on you left”.

This is my favorite trail in Austin. The recent rains have the water up, there are a few downed trees across the trail, and it is pretty muddy in some areas, but it doesn’t make it any less great. Just be prepared to get your feet wet.

Was my first backpacking trip. Fantastic, and a lot of fun! An excellent trip to start out with, but keep in mind that it's 10 miles in, or roughly 20 miles through.

backpacking
2 days ago

Had a blast! Took the fiance out on our first backpacking trip. I'm not sure that the mileage on the trail is correct. If I had to guess it starts at Cedar Bayou, when reading route names and distance, which adds some length. The route from Juniper Point is a lot of vertical incline/decline, but the route is pretty level from there. Loved it, but we struggled a bit. We found several camping sites along the lake shore, and stopped a bit short of the loop. We had a great time camping on a small peninsula about halfway.

Really like this trail. Pretty lake views and cool rock formations.

I believe it’s called Hale Bopp....like the comet.

We went out for a walk and they were closed.

I would say this is more of an easy trail than moderate. One of our favorites because it’s beautiful and close to home. I recommend this trail for people of all ages.

I love this trail. It offers beautiful views with the multiple streams that run along the walkway. Easy enough for a simple stroll, and long enough for a great run. I have a blind dog who has trouble getting comfortable with walking outside, and he had no issues navigating the trail (with a leash, of course). My mother, who trains for half marathons runs here every weekend and loves it as well. Only problem is people leaving dog waste bags along the way, please practice Leave No Trace principles!

Great and off leash dog friendly

Very nice trails

Nice trail, but there are spots that will hold water for a few days after a rain. They aren't too hard to get around.

Do not do this loop unless you want to walk or in my case run through endless miles of mud and water from ankle to waist deep! Pretty area but not good for running or hiking or mountain biking.

My daughter, 4 year old grandson and I walked this trail after a rain so there were plenty of puddles and mud. However, we managed to go around most muddy spots without issue. I needed a true nature trail that wasn’t paved and this filled the bill! It’s a mostly easy trail with a few ups and downs and some bumpy rooty areas.

Very pretty, nice trail, although VERY crowded.

off road driving
3 days ago

it was super muddy and loooong.

trail needs some TLC

This is not a hiking trail, it’s a road and equestrian trail hence the horse manure. There’s no tranquility or trail guidance. Not intended for hiking or running.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice short hike with the family, kid friendly.

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