Getting there: From central Austin head north on I-35.
Turn left on Rutland Drive. Turn right on Means Meadow and look for parking spots along the
side of the road once it veers to the left.
This section of the trail is wide open and the traffic along the road is fairly heavy.
When the trail reaches the chain link fence marking the boundary of the creek
storm runoff catch basin turn right as it heads toward the center of the park.
Strangely, the creek that runs through the park is not Quail Creek. Maps show it as Little
Walnut Creek, which joins up with the Walnut Creek downstream. We do not know why the
name discrepency exists.
Upon nearing the road the trail branches. The left branch follows
the road. The right branch strikes into the heart of the large stand of trees that is the
parks most interesting feature. The foliage cover is very thick at the center of the
stand. So thick that there is little undergrowth. The trail will pass picnic areas and
a swing set before dumping out at the end of the stand and very near the starting trailhead.
There's nothing particularly exciting or scenic about the trail at Quail Creek Park.
However, it's a nice little starter or training trail for the nearby residents who are
the park's intended audience.
I enjoyed this hike. It is a park that the entire neighborhood seems to use. However, the atmosphere is very inviting, with the number and diversity of trees. The grass had not been mowed, but there weren't any insects bothering me. I jogged the half mile perimiter and then added a figure 8 in the middle of the park to approximate a mile.