South Manchaca is a neighborhood of south Austin, Texas located near large commercial areas and services. The neighborhood features a hospital and a shopping center on the north side which are within walking distance. Residential areas are quiet and peaceful and make idyllic walking locations.
Dog walkers and their pets enjoy mild temperatures in winter and warm temperatures in spring and fall. Summers, however, can be extremely hot with temperatures that can climb dangerously high during the height of the day. Avoid the heat by walking your dog early or later in the day, choosing shaded routes to avoid overexposure, and keeping you and your pet well hydrated. Severe storms are also possible, especially during the warmer months when flash floods and tornadoes can occur. Don’t get caught in a deluge or dangerous high winds with flying debris! Check local forests and be aware of impending severe weather.
The Williamson Creek runs east to west through this neighborhood and has naturally treed areas and a ravine associated with it. Train tracks also transect the district and a power substation is located near the tracks. These areas near the electrical substation and rails are not safe locations to walk with your dog and should be avoided. Tracks should only be crossed at designated crossing points. Luckily, homes in the area have well-landscaped properties with large trees and lawns that provide greenery to the neighborhood.
The residential area is relatively flat with only slight inclines that do not represent a problem for pedestrians with pets and are appropriate for all ability levels. Some residential areas do not have separate sidewalks for pedestrians, so when walking your dog where sidewalks are not present, keep your dog securely leashed and walk facing oncoming traffic while staying vigilant for local vehicles.
The Williamson Creek Greenbelt and Creek run through the South Manchaca neighborhood extending to the communities to the east. This beautiful greenway has natural trails and a developed greenway trail that is ideal for walking with your pet and taking in the local foliage and wildlife.
The St. Elmo School Park is located nearby and has recreation areas and walking trails for strolling with your pup. Alternatively, the Joslin Neighborhood Park is located just west of the community and has sports fields, tennis courts, and a playground as well as paved pedestrian trails to stroll and take in the park and activities.
The large Barton Creek Preserve is located a short distance to the northwest and this well treed area features a creek, a walking trail, swimming holes, bluffs and rocks, local wildlife, and fantastic scenery. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed on the trail and this is a popular destination for local pet owners.