The Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt is an oasis of nature in the middle of the city. It follows along Bull Creek through a lush green forest, and with plenty of swimming opportunities, it's a great way to beat the Austin heat. This is the trail that all the dogs are barking about, and is even viewed by many locals as an unofficial dog park. The trail can get a little crowded during the weekends with kids and families, but it's also a great place to meet some new furry friends.
The Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt Park begins in St Edwards Park, a 80 acre park that features swimming holes, small waterfalls and ponds, all under a cool canopy of trees. It also connects to it's very own St Edwards Greenbelt Trail. There is a parking lot here as well where you can unload your puppers from the vehicle and hit the trail. Further south is a popular section of this trail that can be found at Old Spicewood Springs Road, where you'll also find restrooms and parking.
Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail travels south, and is wide at some parts and skinny at others, with a surface of dirt, rocks and twisted roots. There are certain areas that require creek crossings, which your pupper is sure to love. You may want to wear waterproof shoes if you're not planning on getting wet, and bring a towel to avoid muddy paw prints in your car. Although many pet parents choose to let their pups off-leash in this area, keep in mind that it's not a designated dog park and that dogs should be kept on leash. Either way, your pupper will get the chance to splash around, enjoy nature, and meet some new pals.
The trail ends at the Bull Creek District Park, where it connects to the Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail. Continue on if your pup seeks more adventure! Please be sure to pick up after your pal, and leave behind nothing but footprints and paw prints. Don't forget the waste bags, and enough drinking water to share.
Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail will make for an adventure day you and your pup won't soon forget.