Round Rock Memorial Park

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Round Round Memorial Park's official trails are all paved.
Round Round Memorial Park's official trails are all paved.
Getting there: From the I-35 service road in central Round Rock turn east onto Sunset Drive and then right on Summit Street, heading south. The road will cross the creek and the parking area is on the right on the opposite side of the creek.

The Hike: Round Rock Memorial Park's trail system has its highs and lows. It spends a good deal of time passing under the concrete ribbon that is I-35. However, venture out to either end of the trails and you'll either find yourself lost in the vegetation or encountering local history.

This foot bridge provides an easy crossing of Brushy Creek.
This foot bridge provides an easy crossing of Brushy Creek.
The trail begins at the main parking area for the park marked by the waypoint "Trailhead". Here there are numerous picnic benches and a large number of ducks and geese just waiting for a handout from visitors. The area is well covered by trees and is actually somewhat tranquil, even with I-35 just a stone's throw away. The terrain for almost all of the official trail is pavement, so conditions even after a rain shower should not be an issue.

Brushy Creek as it cuts through central Round Rock.
Brushy Creek as it cuts through central Round Rock.
At several spots in the park bronze plaques provide a bit of history about the area's geography and the people who lived in the area, both before and after the appearance of European settlers.

The trail heads west, along the south shore of Brushy Creek. It passes under I-35 and then crosses the creek on a foot bridge paralleling the Interstate. Don't be confused by the topo map of this hike, which predated the I-35 expansion over the creek. The bridge actually passes under the I-35 service road bridge.

The numerous ducks are a big draw at the park.
The numerous ducks are a big draw at the park.
Once crossing the creek head west again along the north shoreline. Look in the bed rock of the shore for parallel groves coming from the creek. That's not a natural formation. Rather, it's wagon ruts from the thousands of wagons that crosses here as part of the Chisolm Trail.

The Round Rock served as an important marker for cattle drive crossings.
The Round Rock served as an important marker for cattle drive crossings.
A little further west, next to a road that crosses the creek sits The Round Rock. This formation, though not grandiose, played a large role in the development of the area and is the reason for the city's name. The rock formation happened to reside next to the best creek crossing in the area, so it served as a useful guide.

The trail doubles back to the foot bridge and continues to the east on the north side of the creek. After passing under I-35 again you'll pass by the back porches of apartments that sit right on the edge of the park. The trail continues to a road that crosses the creek and turns back to the trailhead.

Optionally, you can explore an unofficial portion of the trails by crossing the road at the trailhead and continue east along the outfield one of the ball parks. You'll find the trails here largely overgrown and unfortunately also fairly well covered in litter. However, there are some places of quiet solitude that stand in contrast to the buy park and even busier Interstate a short distance away.

Round Rock
The water was low enough that my son was able to make his way over and climb onto the round rock without getting wet. (Photo by terlanmat68)
The unofficial maverick trail to the east is rougher and more overgrown, but also provides more solitude. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
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Interesting spot
By terlanmat68 on 9/1/2012
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 0.96 Mile Duration: 22 minutes
The traffic on IH35 is pretty loud, but exploring the creek bed makes this a unique and interesting destination. Cool to see the actual round rock.
Nice little park with lots of history
By texaskdog on 4/6/2010
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 47 minutes

Map is accurate but at the west end you can go past the RR track.  Cross the road bridge on the west and you can hike further up the SW side.  Great to see the old wagon tracks.  There are some unidentified piers by the road that I am curious about.  Most historical park I've been to thus giving this small park 3 stars!

By Kayla on 11/9/2007
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A

A lot of traffic noise. Great historic interest because of the round rock and the wagon wheel tracks in the creek bed. Take bread for the ducks, especially early morning (they lose interest as the day goes by) 

Cute little park under IH 35
By spacecitygirl on 1/25/2007
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
This is a nice, little park in Round Rock. The trail forms a loop around the creek, and is mostly concrete. The southeast side of the trail, near the parking lot, has many picnic tables, and a playground for the kids. There are a few plaques to read in this area too. I enjoyed eating a snack by the creek, and watching the ducks bob under the water to look for food. The east side of the park is bound by a low water crossing. If the water is too high, you will not be able to cross over it. The west side of the park takes you under IH 35, and toward the round rock, that Round Rock is named after. This part of the trail has a plaque that marks the Chisolm Trail, where many cattle drives went through. This is an enjoyable little park, with personality. I recommend it for a quick trip. It won't take you very long to go through and see all the sights in the park.
Bagging some caches
By Austin Explorer on 5/20/2006
Rating: 2point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 43 minutes
Stopped by this park again to find three geocaches in the area. Ended up walking a mile in the process. Lots of people there enjoying the nice weather.
Nice central park with ducks
By Austin Explorer on 8/16/2003
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.10 Miles Duration: N/A
The path is completely paved, with the exception of a short spur trail. I-35 passing overhead adds some noise, but the creek is nice with ducks along the banks.
Hidden Park
By Centex Trekker on 6/7/1998
Rating: N/A Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
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