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

This was a groomed, easy trail until you reach the foothills. I really enjoy getting into the hills part because it is more primitive trails and shady for the most part. This trail has lots of sun! The reason i gave this a 3 is because it takes so long to get to the primitive trail (mostly in the sun!), i would say at least a mile before hitting primitive trails. Oh! I only hiked 2.5 miles before turning back.

on Pickett Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Kind of treacherous, especially when wet. Steep rocky climbs. Definitely would not run this trail. Great river cliff views though.

hiking
12 days ago

I only hiked down to about Walnut Spring Park, but boy was it gorgeous! Nice views of the lake (more like a river here) river at first, then after a short bout of woods (with a small water crossing) and the open fields, you get another nice view of the lake. After this is hiking in the woods for awhile, but you get glimpses of the lake at a distance, cool looking vegetation.

Once at Walnut Spring park, you can actually hike down to the edge of the lake. And here, it's just utterly beautiful- a least in the Summer when I hiked it, I wonder if it holds it's beauty during the Winter.

I'll definitely be back soon, to try and hike all the way to Russel Park.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is really a network of trails, in a park with playgrounds, some pavilions, a splashpad, a nice house to host events in, a river a the back and horses. It has nice restrooms, but kinda few and far between. Water fountains and trash cans and benches. But all that stuff are at the two main areas. When on the trail, you're on your own (though the trial never goes too terribly far back).

The trails themselves are either hiking only, or else hiking and horseback riding. No bikes at all. And they all have crushed rock and/or woodchips on them, so no rocky and rooty and watching your step. here are some hills, but nothing too bad. And the trials aren't very "tangley". Saw deer several times, and some squirrels.

The park looks brand new, and no one told me that you had to pay $10 ($5 for Georgetown residents). Even though all the construction going (on the westside of the park, near the playground area) on will eventually end up making the place look nice, it's not worth a $10 revisit.

Good combination of trails and pavement. Plenty of shade.

trail running
2 months ago

I ran part of this trail for the Poppy Seed Fest 5K. Nice and easy paved trail to run when you want a break from the rough, rocky trails. Kid and pet friendly, but watch for dog poop on the trail.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Not many people out during the week.

3 months ago

Took my dog and hiked the complete trail from Texas Camp to Cedar Park entrance and trail head. April is a great time for this trail as the wild flowers are out and the trees are in full shade mode. Beautiful views of the lake as well. However I seriously doubt that this trail is 14.2 miles out and back since the whole trail is 26 miles long.

road biking
3 months ago

Very relaxing trail! Really enjoyed and would recommend to new cyclists.

You definitely need balance for this Trail. There are some steep areas. I wish there were markings or something so I knew where the trail led to.....we turned around at some point. I also would NOT bring my dogs on this trail.

trail running
4 months ago

The first 5 miles of the trail are easy, slow rolling and easy to run. Exposed and hot in the summer, the trail is full of wildflowers and great for a spring run. The rest of the trail is rocky, technical and more shaded. Additional trail exists in Twin Springs preserve, adding another 3-mile loop after an uphill climb for about 1 mile. Wear shoes with a good rock plate and carry plenty of water.

5 months ago

I'm from the area so I might be a little biased but, to me, this is one of the prettiest trails on earth. Plus, you are walking through history as this was a popular spot for Native Americans and eventually the Hunt Family.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail actually makes a loop and is about 26 miles long.


The trail isn't marked very well and I've gotten off track a few times.

I haven't done the whole thing yet. Still working on it.

5 months ago

Loved it!

trail running
5 months ago

This is a good trail to run for trail runners, when you want a break from sharp rocks, long switchbacks, tree limbs to the face, steep hills, etc. Run next to the concrete parts of the trail (on the grass) when possible to still get the "trail" under your feet.

The two times I've run this trail I've seen relatively few people, mostly hikers and moms with strollers, and I don't think I've seen any dogs. The scenery is nice, mostly trees and bushes and some rocks, scrub and oak-forest looking- but when you get past the section along the road (to the west) the scenery is especially pleasant for about a mile.

And from Booty's Road Park, you can easily get to Lake Georgetown.

hiking
5 months ago

My dog and I checked out the trails for a change of scenery. It was a beautiful walk with tons of birds and ducks. Saw a fox or maybe small coyote on the trail. Didn’t see anyone on the trail which was peaceful.

hiking
6 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail. The water was so clean and it had a small second trail near the water that lead to a very nice surprise. it has great views and even had a touch of optional harder routes.

trail running
7 months ago

Had a good time on this trail today. ran it out and back. Climbing the stair in the middle was sort of tough but fun. Near the south end of the trail, you get into a more wooded area with single-track, winding dirt trails- different than the rocky, step ridden trail at the northern end of the trail.

My experience above might've been a little rambling, but hey, so is the trail :)

trail running
7 months ago

Went to run down the San Gabriel Trail- but there was a sign which said it was closed for maintenance. So instead I turned around and just made four loops around San Gabriel Park. It's a nice gravel trail. Green grass, nice trees dot the landscape. Some picnic tables and playgrounds. A nice river with ducks on the one side, the other side has ball fields and even something which looks like a rodeo place. It's a nice neighborhood friendly park. For running, you do often comer across people taking up the whole trail, or with kids, etc. and you gotta run way around, slow down or stop, etc. But so far, it hasn't taken away from the running experience.

Great trail lots of open space, great elevation change and water views.

A lovely hike/walk. The kids and dog enjoyed it. Lots for the children to do and the walking so pleasant.

walking
7 months ago

A nice gravel trail in the heart of Georgetown. We went on a Sundat afternoon and did 2 rounds. Giant Acorns!! Collected some acorns on our 2nd trip around. There's a cool bridge with some tame geese. Lots of families came in towards the end to BBQ and play with their kiddos. There's also a Disc Golf course, playgrounds and restrooms. It was a good walk. Not challenging other than the self imposed distance.

hiking
8 months ago

Enjoyed this short trail with the kids! Some changes in elevation and stairs .

hiking
8 months ago

The are pretty parts and worth it the first time. I probably won’t repeat. Felt surrounded by civilization.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Plenty of things to see along the way. Worth the trip here. Just watch out for the spider buddies and their webs across the trail. (The trail looks to keep going town towards University Ave but you will have to cross the water)

birding
9 months ago

One of the best birding spots in the Georgetown area. Best to come early and on weekdays when the park is not crowded. A variety of habitats in which one can see a wide variety of species, depending on the season.

walking
10 months ago

Convenient trail that connects to countless miles of other trails. Mostly paved with a small section of dirt. Nice rest stop areas. Well shaded for most of it.

trail running
10 months ago

Parking is easy to find at Blue Hole park, but then you gotta run west down the river about a quarter mile, and just after the picnic tables and pavilion area, you'll see in the woods by the river a sign for the trail. You can access the trail from the neighborhood, from scenic drive and possibly other roads. This trail is marked easy, but it should definitely be marked at least moderate. It is short with few obstacles, but those obstacles- some rather steps steps, climbing between and through some rocks, the trail going just a few feet away from the river. This should be at least moderate.

For trail running, this trail lacks water crossings (bu you are right next to the river, so have fun!), long hill climbs, and mileage. But as short as this trail is, it boasts off shoot trails overgrown trails, some ups and downs, some stair climbs, and even a rock scramble or two. It's kinds like an "intro to trail running" trail. it's rough and rugged with a variety of terrain, but it's just so short.

Strollers are not welcome, I promise. Use the city trails for running with strollers. And if you try and bike this, I promise, the ups and downs over the jutted, craggy rocks, and the very steep stairs, make it almost impossible. You'll be carrying that bike half the time.

But there are great views. Great views of the river (even if there are apartments on the other side), views of the "bluffs". Most of the trails shaded but near the middle you get the wide-open views. Again, be prepared for a rugged hike, but not a very long one.

trail running
10 months ago

Very nice city park with sports field, frisbee golf, fishing spots in the river, play grounds and restrooms, etc. It doesn't have that "new park" look, shiny and metal and plastic; it's more a place you could play plenty of sports as well as have bbqs. But as for the trail and trail running:

The trail itself is 99% crushed gravel. It crosses the very unbusy park street a few times. No ups and downs, no hills, no creek crossings: this is a city park trail. Very good for when you need to rest your feet from the rocky/rooty trails. But it can get crowded sometimes. Come on a Sat morning, or a day off school, and there'll be plenty of joggers, parties, strollers and four legged friends.

What I did was run on the trail itself a few times, but then I made up my own loop, basically running right by the river, down the concrete path to the street by the soccer field, then around through the trees behind the sports fields, through the frisbee golf course, and under the overpass. Basically I just wanted to run on the grass and next to the water and such. it's an open park, no one cares if you're running on the grass and such.

I give this a three for trail running in specific. But it is a nice trail for all city, family friendly purposes, and is near the pickett trail which has some actual "outdoor" feel to it.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Nice and easy trail. (Except for the path down and up the dam if you park near Cedar Breaks park). Well worth the trip. And it can be done on a hybrid bike as well.

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