Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt

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Trail Distance: 4.5 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
Bull Creek is known by some as the Galapagos of Texas, because of the lush greenery and wildlife living along the stream. The teeming wildlife found in this watershed contradicts the fact that it's close to a busy highway and growing communities. The Bull Creek Park is truly a green oasis, where local people and pups like to beat the heat during the summer. 

The Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt is an out-and-back trail that is well known for it's swimming holes along the way, and for being pawpular among the doggos. It starts at the trailhead located in the 48 acre Bull Creek District Park on Lakewood Drive. You'll see a sign marked "trailhead" next to what was once a natural swimming pool made possible by dams across the creek. It's here that you will also find parking, a restroom building and some other family friendly features like athletic fields and courts. The trail then follows along the creek and until it intersects Old Spicewood Springs Road, where the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt then begins. Here, you can continue your adventure if your pup is still full of energy.

Along the trail, your pal will have plenty of opportunities to cool their paws in the water. There are some shallow creek crossings, and swimming holes. Your doggo will love splashing around in the water like a wild dog while you spot herons, snakes, turtles, and of course plenty of fish. This trail 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 bring along some fresh drinking water for you and your pal. You're guaranteed a wet, tired and happy dog at the end of your adventure. You may also want to bring a towel for your car! 

No bones about it, the Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail will have your doggo leaping for joy. 

Trail Features
Muddy, Forest, River, Easy Incline
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Stay on the trails with your pup to avoid ticks, poison ivy, or getting lost.
Address
6701 Lakewood Dr
Austin, TX 78731
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
6701 Lakewood Dr
Austin, TX 78731
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM