The major regional trail in Williamson County, the Brushy Creek Regional Trail boasts nature and history as it leads you and Fido through the communities of Austin, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, and Round Rock. Stretching nearly 10.5 miles, this concrete and crushed stone path meanders along Brushy Creek, connecting several parks, residential areas, businesses, and retail centers along the way.
The trail is currently split into two separate segments, with the longer section beginning at Twin Lakes Park and ending at Hairy Man Road in Cedar Park. Parking, restrooms, and trail access are available in Twin Lakes, Champion, Brushy Creek Lake, and Brushy Creek Sports Parks. Keep your eyes peeled for signage describing the area's early history and wildlife, such as deer, grey herons, ducks, and geese along the route. If you're not in a hurry, stop by Brushy Creek Lake Park to spend some time in the wildlife observation area and labyrinth, or have a picnic with your pooch and check out the wildflower fields at Champion Park. The trail will also take you and your pup under an 1880s railroad trestle that was once used to transport granite to the Texas capitol.
The shorter section of the trail is referred to as the Brushy Creek East Trail and runs from the Play for All Abilities Park to Forest Ridge Boulevard in Round Rock. You may leave your car at Play for All Abilities, but note that four-legged guests are not allowed inside the park. From here, follow the trail into woodlands, across the waterway at Kenney Fort Boulevard, and through neighborhoods until you reach the Sonoma subdivision.
Whether you stick to one segment of the trail or complete the entire route, be sure to keep your furry friend on a leash at all times, clean up after them if they make a mess, and bring enough water for everyone in your group. Enjoy the natural beauty and history of Williamson County with Fido when you hit the Brushy Creek Regional Trail!
Some parts of the trail are out in the open, so don't leave the sunscreen and hats at home on warm days!