Brushy Creek Lake Park

1.75 Miles
75 Feet
2point5stars (2.80)23
1star (1.09)
1star (1.43)
Cedar Park
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Getting there: From RR 620, heading north towards Round Rock, turn left on Parmer Lane and head northwest. Turn right on Brushy Creek Road and look for the park entrance on the right.

The Hike: Brushy Creek Lake Park is one of Cedar Park's newest, so new that I happened upon it by accident as I was finishing up a hike along the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. Nestled behind the dam that created Brushy Creek Lake (really a pond), the park is ringed by the trail along all sides and with a few cross trails. The majority of the trails contain surfaces of crushed granite.

The trail winds along Brushy Creek Lake's shoreline.
The trail winds along Brushy Creek Lake's shoreline.
The more interesting terrain can be found in the small loops on the western side of the park. Here the trail surface is mulch and the vegetation closes in. It's not a rough experience by any means, but these small loops provide the only real possibility of achieving any solitude in the park.

The northern loop also contains an interesting feature that caught me by surprise. Was it a rare geological formation? Crop circles to signal aliens? No, it's a maze constructed in a clearing along the trail. The outline of the maze is made of lines of rock, no more than a few inches high. The entire maze is contained in a circle with an entry and exit point. I didn't have the time to try the maze out though it struck me as a neat addition to the park. Click on the topo map above for a larger view that shows the maze's location.

In total there are about 1.75 miles of trail. It's a fine place for a shorter stroll and one could always continue on to the Brushy Creek Regional Trail for more mileage. You'll want to look elsewhere for a serious hike.

Running Event
These were not the leaders they went by to fast. This is sorta the middle of the pack. (Photo by Eveline)
Lake View
A view of the lake from one of the "nature" trail loops. Fishing is popular here. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Trail View
The nature trails provide just about the only shade and solitude in the park. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
The Maze
This little surprise awaits those who venture onto the park's lesser used trails. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Adults, teens, and children alike are immediately drawn to the small, but fun--and FREE--water playscape at Brushy Creek Park. (Photo by xoxolat)
My little girl, Ilona, and her boyfriend, Ted. Screaming & splashing at the "water park." (Photo by xoxolat)
Log Entries
By Jamie on 6/26/2017
Rating: 2point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Lots of Bluebonnets soon...peak is April 10th
By sandew on 3/18/2015
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Easy walk with some slight elevation on a wide sidewalk...nice walk from Twin Falls (usually has lots of water) area with lots of parking by the YMCA off highway 183 in Cedar Park.  Usually walk 3 miles almost to the dam at the lake and then back for a total 6 miles.  Fields of bluebonnets are a nice bonus March-April.  Just have to watch out for bike riders on the same sidewalk.

By Jessica.Preston on 12/29/2014
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
By Karisenter on 5/1/2013
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Come on wrong day
By Eveline on 1/21/2012
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

They were having a runners event the day we came we shared the trail with 700 people.

Open space hike along Brushy Creek
By mgialusis on 1/14/2012
Rating: 1point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

This is more of a park path than a hiking trail.  There are many runners and walkers with little solitude.  Most is open-spaced areas along the creek.  

at least you can rent a boat
By bigtim1763 on 5/12/2011
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.75 Miles Duration: N/A
Family park
By texaskdog on 4/3/2010
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Park itself not too exciting but you can rent kayaks by the hour.  We took the extension west past the cap metro track, which has boulder beneath it that were intended for the capitol bldg but never made it there.  trail apparently goes all the way to US 183 past the tollroad.  Better as a bike trail than a hiking trail.

Neat Features
By Daniel N on 3/6/2010
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

A Labyrith Trial, Bridges and covered observation stands along with picnic tables, playground, spray park and kayak rentals. This park has a lot to offer just not solitude.

By Daniel N on 10/17/2009
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

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