Dove Springs District Park is where people and pups of Southeast Austin like to come and play. While this park is well known for it's recreation center, you and your canine are welcome to explore the outdoor areas by means of a great trail that meanders through the whole park. In fact, the Dove Springs District Park Loop is the pawfect trail to add to your route for your morning stroll with Fido, and enjoy some fresh air and exercise together.
To reach the park, go around the back of Widen Elementary School just off of Nuckols Crossing Road and look for the parking area on the right. You can park in front of the recreation center or the community pool, unload your pup from the car and let the adventures begin.
The several trails found in Dove Spring District Park are all part of the Dove Springs District Park Loop, which actually forms a couple loops throughout the park. The northermost section of the trail is a hike and bike path of crushed granite that loops around the ball fields and occasionally hugs the edge of the forest that covers the southern half of the park. This portion of the trail is completely open. If you would like some more solitude and more of a natural vibe, take the trail into the southern area into the forest. The trail surface here consists of rock and mud. The trail even hits the Williamson Creek. Here, the water in the creek tends to be a bit stagnant, but still offers the peaceful sounds of a babbling brook.
The surrounding park offers a variety of family oriented activities such as athletic fields and playgrounds. Your pooch will love to stretch out on the cool grass after a hike on the trails. Puppers are always welcome here, as long as they stay leashed and picked up after. Bring clean-up bags to help keep the trails looking their best, and water to share with your thirsty pup!
The Dove Springs District Park Trails will have your pup leaping for joy!