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hiking
3 months ago

The trail is marked fairly well. There were a number of beautiful spots to enjoy the view. There was road noise for a good portion of the trail.

on Cactus Rocks Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice shaded hiking trails, we hiked Cactus and Ridgeline Trails. A lot of elevation changes, so made for a good hike.

trail running
3 months ago

Short trail, but had a couple nice vistas.

on Cactus Rocks Trail

trail running
3 months ago

Short but decent trail. Couple of technical sections some fun little climbs.

Flat crushed granite trail. Great for a jog, but not really a hiking trail.

hiking
5 months ago

short but very beautiful and peaceful

hiking
5 months ago

short but very nice view

Very nice hike, a little rough but very good to do.

The was very shaded so it’s good for a hike on a hot day. I would rate it as moderate difficulty. You definitely need some good hiking shoes since there are some steep and rocky parts along the trail. If you have any kind of ankle problems or cedar allergies this is NOT the trail for you. Watch out for snakes, plenty of hiding places for them. Overall it was a a very nice trail. Quiet, shaded, and a decent view about halfway along the Cactus Rock Trail.

Great little hike of around 3.1 miles when all was said and done with my honey. Weather was in low 70’s and sunny. Good hike on a Saturday!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Good trail in general. Has some new parts that they are building or adding to it that caused a little confusion. No water on it so must bring your own. Overall worth it if your looking for a 3 mile loop.

trail running
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

So I'm new to trail running. I've recently discovered that you need to mix your rugged, twisty/turny, rocky/rooty running, with some more level, straight forward running.
I can run 7 or 8 miles on a trail, because I'm running slower to avoid tripping, to make the turns, to stop and go, "Wait, which way is my car?". But to get some good cardio, you need a place like this, with mostly level ground, large and well marked trails.

I like this place a lot for that reason.

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Update:
Forgot to mention. The suburbs around the area are doing major construction, lots of houses going up. Even some roads, I think, int he back parts of the park where the trails say "not maintained by park: use at your own risk". Way back there, off the beaten path, there are several places where trees have been cleared, the dirt all mulched up. I'm kinda sad, I really wanted a place to run a lot of easy miles. Now it's getting taken over by housing developments. Oh well, such is life.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Excellent hike. I did a little bit of running too, where it was flat. Nice and relaxing. Especially when your the only one out here. Walked it down and back.

trail running
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Plenty of parking, easy to find, and adequate restrooms in the central part of the park. Option other than the trail include a lot: most of the regular sports, a really large splash pad, an actual Frisbee golf course (not just some baskets amidst some trees, but you actually gotta use skill) an "air field", for small remote controlled airplanes, and a small train (only sometimes operational).

But hey, this is "all trails". So about the trails: they're only flat, mostly straight forward, wooded trails. Few roots and rocks to deal with, and that only when you get to the very east sides of the trail, which technically aren't park trails- the signs say, "use at your own risk". The two main trails are well marked, and some of the "off trail" trails are marked only by the warning signs.

These trails are really good for the casual, and maybe moderate hiker. You could hike for awhile. There are the two main trails: the south one going through the less wilderness part of the park, made of soft gravel; the north going through the woods, and it is as of now being covered with wood shavings (some parts are still dirt and loose rock).

The real fun, though, is taking one of those trails that are either not marked, or have the sign saying "Not maintained by park: use at your own risk". These trails add a lot of hiking potential. trail running is good, but it's just not very technical: no hills, no large rocks and tree roots to contend with, no ups and downs. The trails are made for hiking.

I'd give it a three, since as a trail runner it's mostly for novice trail runners only. But seeing as trails aren't just fro trail runners but also good for hikers- plus all the other activities in the park- this gets a solid four stars from m

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don't see anything from Rt 1431.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This is not an out an back. the map clearly shows you can do the loop. But it is very short. We did all three trails and still only logged a few miles. Not sure if I'd really recommend Vista Knoll Trail.. but you should definitely take Ridgeline Trail (out and back) to the end to see the view from the kiosk there! (forgot the actual name of the kiosk) Ridgeline can be a little challenging but definitely worth it!

trail running
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Maybe not the best trails for running but you gotta do what you got to do. Lots of solitude.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nice hike, took plenty of water.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

These trails were a pleasant surprise! It was about 85% shaded trails with some slight elevation and interesting rock formations. The only wildlife I saw/heard were hundreds of cicadas. I did see several areas of fresh hog rooting(s), but heard nary any oink. This was well worth the drive from Georgetown.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

this is a great Trail for hiking for an hour. there's a total of 3 trails end of the trails this one is the most difficult, but it is fun to hike in the morning. There are a couple good photo opportunities along the way.

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

This is on my way home so it's easy to stop off and spend an hour doing a light workout and decompress. It's not too hard and has awesome views. If you happen to be there when the sun is setting it's very pretty.

hiking
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Great.

Friday, April 29, 2016

I love all of the trails at the Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge. the Vista Knoll Trail is moderate with Rocky Terrain and a gorgeous view of parts of Lake Travis. Completely worth the 26 mile drive from my house.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

Very nice.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

It's an ok trail... Only a few views on the way to Ridge trail.

hiking
Friday, April 22, 2016

Wonderful trail. Had both 8 y.o. twin girls and our 3 y.o. son. They had a blast. Only saw three other people so kids were able to run ahead a bit. Did all the trails, about 3 miles, and kids still wanted to keep going. Will return.

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

No trail markers, endless branches off the trail, very limited shade and a lack of wildlife make this a trail to skip.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Loved the views, trail had good markings pretty clear path and benches really great trail definitely worth the drive!

hiking
Saturday, October 04, 2014

Good family trail we also did the trail up to the lookout. Nice view of the 40 foot low lake Travis, good rest spot. If you do all 3 trails its about 3.25 miles.

hiking
Sunday, July 20, 2014

This 0.5 mile loop is only worth the trip if you also hike the Cactus Rock (1.5 mile) and the Ridgeline (1.4 mile) as all three come together at one point. The Ridgeline is probably the most technical of the three but all provide good canopy and views. It's a nice hike. We ended up hiking 3.78 miles in total in just over 1 hr and 50 min. No pets are allowed.

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