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I only walked part of Bluestem Trail and part of Riverview Trail. Bluestem was pretty and I would like to hike all of it. However Riverview Trail was disappointing. It's wide like a single lane graveled road, but there is no clear view of the Brazos River. I could tell where the river but so much brush and trees separate you from it. Maybe at the very end you get to see the river, but I didn't find out. I turned around about halfway through the trail. Also very little shade on Riverview Trail.

I like this trail as it is not filled with Mountain bikers. A little more challenging than the flat purple trail and has a few steep step ups/downs... but a novice can get through easily.

This is one of my favorite spots in the city! It is full of life on the trail and on the water- tons of amazing city view photo opportunities during a sunset or night hike- take a flashlight as the trail isn’t lit!

Felt like we were in an old western movie set, nice hike out on Juniper cliff side trail and hike back on Juniper riverside trail.

Part of the boardwalk is destroyed so the trail is very small

2 days ago

Great place for a quick short hike if you don’t have a lot of time. Located within a neighborhood on the NW side of Austin.
Decent grade inclines, but overall pretty easy. Note that if you want to complete the loop, you actually have to exit the trail and walk a couple of blocks through a neighborhood to get to the next trailhead and get back on the trail.
Not a rough trail, but lots of creek crossings. I had waterproof hiking shoes on but was able to step on all the rocks and not get wet. But you never know when a foot might slip and you get a wet shoe and wet sock – and that’s no fun. Also, the steps on one of the crossings were spaced a little far apart. I’m tall so I was able to do it with no problem, but for people with shorter legs, your feet might get wet.
Really clean trail and well kept – very pretty scenery.

Always see birds on this trail. Some of the trail is full sun. Can get really hot. I’ve seen armadillos quite a few times. Watch out for copper heads and water moccasins. The wildflowers in spring are always pretty.

I've ran there twice while on the road and plan to as I go through Austin today. I've ran one loop and two loops previously, I ran the full length both times for a 10 and 20 miler. Excited about returning as it's an awesome place to run!!

What a great Hike! Water runs next to most of the trail. I wouldn't rate it as easy though. Lots of ravines to go through - which was fun, but challenging.

3 days ago

Camped at 5 mile camp site. Well maintained sites with multiple space for fire pits. Well marked trails with moderate elevations.

We started at Mountain creek reserve. As soon as you get on the path to walk, the scenery totally changes. While on one side there are trees and shrubs, the right side is a constant eyesore of construction sites, equipment and noise and trash and the constant odor of sewage. We walked to the Bonnie and Clyde bridge, which was an unexpected fun site.. but again more construction surrounding it. There is trash littering that whole part of the trail, with signs saying keep out everywhere. The smell, the whole trail is really bad with sewage. And the swarms (yes swarms) of mosquitos was awful.. (obviously because of all of the standing water). We have walked many trails, this might be the worst ever. Not what we were expecting at all. Along with all of that, we were almost afraid to leave our vehicle in the parking area, because of all the youngsters sitting around in their vehicles watching everyone that drove in.

Great hike; we did a combination of the trails since the Purple Trail was washed out in one area. There were hills enough to make the hike a little more challenging than most around Houston.
We were there on a Saturday, and there was heavy traffic with mountain bikers and unleashed dogs. In a few places there is not a lot of room to move out of the way for them, (and some do not slow down at all) so I would hesitate to bring small children. It might be better during the week, but we haven't tried it yet.

Lots of trash, no trail markers, not appealing.

Very rocky trail, but worth the view of Gorman Falls at the end!! Would definitely go back.

3 days ago

Love to go hiking with my dog here. We try our hardest to stay out of the bike paths because there are always a bunch of them there. It can be unavoidable at times, but everyone is pretty friendly. I love the challenging spots here!

Good hike.. enjoyed it

Great hiking in Austin!!

trail running
4 days ago

Plenty of twists, turns and hills to keep the many miles interesting. The terrain and views change throughout, and even runs alongside a large creek for a while. This trail is really a hidden gem in the north Fort Worth area.

Nice little paved walking trail. I also had trouble locating the starting point. the trail is marked better than the roads. At the fork I headed for the south obsevation deck. There is a dirt path for mountain bikes but I don't recommend hikers taking it as there is no room to step aside if a bike comes through. Nice path, plenty of shade and several porta-potties. Great trail if you have mini-humans riding in a stroller.

a little dirty at the beginning and had some people sleeping in their car in the parking lot early in the morning. Other than I enjoyed my run there and will probably go again.

Needs maps posted along Trail or better signage

Started at Juniper Point and finished at Paw Paw Trailhead over the course of roughly 45.5 hours. Day 1: 3 miles, Day 2: 7 Miles: Day 3: 2 Miles.

Eastern half of the trail includes at least 2 major elevation changes per mile. Western half is much flatter, but not as scenic and lots of trash from washouts, flooding, and litter.

Camped first night just past Cedar Bayou Marina, and second night past Lakeside Park. Ton's of places to camp along the entire trail, I saw a few places that would have been great, but it was too early to stop for the day.

There are plenty of downed trees throughout and washouts on some slopes. I don't mind the downed trees, just walk around, but the washouts are tricky. You definitely need a trekking pole on the eastern half if you are carrying an overnight pack, maybe even if you aren't.

If I did this trail again, I would start at Paw Paw and get as close to Eagles Roost as I could on Day 1, then split the western half over a full Day 2 and partial Day 3. I would include Lost Loop(did not do it this time)

Despite less than stellar all around maintenance, the trail is marked rather well. Only a couple times that I could not find the next marker right away when the path became unclear, never felt lost or confused though.

A pretty good challenge for a hiker. it was pretty muddy about 3 miles in and either path going forward was impassable. I think there must be an offroad motorcycle course nearby which took away a bit of the serenity. If you are tasty, bring some skeeter spray because they were out in force.

This was a fun hike for the kids. Lots of big rocks to climb over. Started to get a little warm in the afternoon sun but that is to be expected

This was a great trail but got hard to navigate midway through. The first several miles were paved, then going under the overpass, the path was lost and difficult to navigate. In addition to no clearly marked trail, there was a lot of debris removal involving tractors and lumber moving trucks which made us need to deviate from the trail. Then, laid out path from the app was blocked by equipment, so we needed to walk in the irrigation tunnel or go half a mile out of the way to cross the overpass. We decided to go through the irrigation tunnel because today was a sunny day without a cloud in the sky to worry about flash floods. Maybe if I try again in a couple of months, the construction equipment along the Greenbelt will be gone and the trail will be clear.

This was my first time to go hiking and I loved it! My new favorite thing!!

I live right next to the park so I go there almost everyday to walk my dogs or just to go to get my nature fix. I love this little piece of paradise. Great trails, beautiful creek. My dogs love it too. They can swim in the creek and run around in the woods. There’s abundant wildlife and spring flowers everywhere. Also a good birding area and It’s terrific for bluebonnet photos!

I’m not actually rating the trail itself—I wasn’t able
to get to it. Every road we could find to it (In Apple Maps AND Google Maps) was blocked by gates.

3-16-18 Center and Refuge is open, only the West Riverbottom trail is closed. It is a nice place to hike, close to the city. It's Texas scenery so, nothing fabulous. Couldn't find any prairie dogs, but the bison are easily viewed.

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