The trails here total about 6 miles, with the Main Loop Trail traveling the outer perimeter and connecting with the intersecting side trails. The Main Loop is asphalt paved, and the others are packed dirt or crushed granite. An almost endless variety of routes can be created, and you'll find the smaller side trails are much less traveled, quieter and more remote. These unnamed trails can be found in the southwest corner of this South Austin urban park.
This park is family-friendly and features several activities, including an off-leash area, that will keep all members of your brood happy. Picnic areas and BBQs are provided along with restrooms, but remember to bring clean-up bags and use them. Bring plenty of water for you and the pooch, too, as none is provided. Fitness stations pop up in places along the trails for a little extra motivation.
Scenic views of the Texas Hill Country will entertain you throughout your walk, and if you follow the creek, you'll find yourself in a mini-canyon surrounded by 30-foot cliffs. Among the wildlife, your pup can see deer, turtles and many species of birds. Wildflowers like wild poppies, thistle plants and bluebonnets accompany you in the sunny areas, and you'll walk through a forest of junipers, oaks covered in Spanish Moss and cedar trees.
On any map of this pawsome park, you'll notice some trails are marked "equestrian." This is not to prevent hikers from using them, but to point out that horses can only use these, not the hiking trails. So branch out a little and keep an eye on the path ahead for the horses' contributions to the Circle of Life.
Whether you and your pupper are first-timers on this system of trails or you come several times a week to exercise your doggo, you'll enjoy the park's loveliness and the solitude some of the trails offer. It's woofderful!