The 48 acre Bull Creek Park is a favorite way for locals to escape the heat during Austin's dog days of summer. This tranquil, undeveloped park is named for Bull Creek, the stream which passes through it. This stream is the focal point of the park's primary attractions, which include swimming, hiking, and fishing. Bull Creek Park is truly an oasis nestled into peaceful woodlands, and a great way to spend some quality time with your canine companion.
Along Lakewood Drive, you'll find parking and a restroom building, where you can unload your puppers from the vehicle and start your adventure. Unfurtunately, the park has been known for vehicle break-ins, so don't leave valuables in your car. Keep in mind that there is no lighting at night, so bring a light or be sure to leave before dark.
Probably your pups favorite part will be scampering along the trail like a wild dog. The Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail is a 2.9 miles loop that follows along the water. Be prepared for several water crossings and possibly muddy areas. You can cool your feet while your pal romps around in the water. Don't forget a towel to avoid paw prints in your car! This park used to allow dogs off-leash, but since 2011, dogs are required to be leashed here. Many pet parents are unaware, or choose not to leash their dogs on the trails. Either way, you're sure to meet lots of furry friends here! Doggy waste bags are provided at the park entrance, but do bring water to share.
Bull Creek Park has plenty of other family-oriented features including a basketball court, a volleyball court, and one multipurpose field. The park is also popular with rock climbers, who practice on the large limestone ridges. Dogs are welcome in all these areas, as long as they stay leashed.
Bull Creek Park is sure to put a wag in your dog's tail!