Mary Moore Searight Park Trails

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Trail Distance: 6 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 30 min
Elevation Gain: 154 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Mary Moore Searight Metro Park is over 300 acres of woodland and grassy fields, with Slaughter Creek running through it. Part of the creek has been dammed, forming a small pond where you and your fur-baby can swim or wade to cool off from your hiking efforts. 

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!

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Muddy, Rocky, Forest, River, Easy Incline, Urban
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Trail markers are missing or easy to miss, and because of the several small trails intersecting with the main loop, it's easy to get lost. It's a good idea to bring a GPS or an app with a map included. Wet stones are slippery, and when crossing the creek, or on the trail after a rain, it's impawtant to watch your step.
Address
907 Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78748
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
907 Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78748
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