Matthew and Hazeltine Smith Trail

1.50 Miles
200 Feet
3stars (3.21)9
1star (1.29)
2stars (2.29)
Bull Creek
The water is so beautiful here. It looks inviting, but swimming is not allowed off of this trail. (Photo by heatharcadia)
Small falls on Bull Creek
Small waterfalls on Bull Creek (Photo by heatharcadia)
Log Entries
Beautiful easy hike not too far from home!
By heatharcadia on 2/6/2016
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.60 Miles Duration: 42 minutes

I checked out this trail for the first time today because I wanted to get some outdoor time in, but I didn't want anything too long or strenuous. This fit the bill. The trail is easy and not long. It runs along Bull Creek and there are a couple of off-shoots that lead up to areas on the creek with small waterfalls, which were nice to observe. 

There were some open meadow areas that probably will have wildflowers come Spring, so I plan to come back and check it out then.

Be warned that there is car noise from both 360 and Spicewood Springs Road, but I'm willing to put up with that for a pretty hike that isn't too far from home.

By jtkatie on 7/19/2010
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 52 minutes

Wildlife count: one white-tailed deer, 3 turtles, plenty of birds, plenty of small- to medium-sized fish, 2 bikers, and a group of 4 other hikers were arriving just as we were leaving

Some parts of the trail (going across the meadow in the NE part of the trail) were a bit grown-over. The waterfall was nice, but hard to see without leaving the trail. The interpretive signs were a nice touch.

Surprisingly enjoyable hike
By Austin Explorer on 4/25/2010
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 1.20 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute

Since we got such a late start today in getting out we decided to tackle a short trail not too far from home.  What this trail lacks in length and difficulty it makes up for in convenience and features.  It's got well maintained trails, a decent waterfall and some interpretive markers to provide some insight on the people and wildlife here.

Only saw a few other people on the trail.  Though road noise is pretty prevalent the waterfall downs it all out and we had that to ourselves for some time before we were getting ready to leave.

By texaskdog on 4/9/2010
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 40 minutes

I agree with the other 2 posters.  After hiking Bull Creek & St Edwards on each side, wasn't expecting much here but it turned out to be pretty nice.  Saw 3 deer going each way, and it is a loop.  Does go somewhat close to the road on the south side of the loop but if that bothers you, go out and back on the north side.

Nice, easy hike - good distance
By mgialusis on 3/27/2010
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A

I enjoyed this easy hike - some shady areas, little solitude, easy to access from 360.

By JKTX on 10/25/2009
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Nice, peaceful hike - flat walkable trail. Interpretative signs are a nice touch. Liked the variety of trees, Bull Creek, and the meadows. Worth the time to hike it.
nice, short hike
By brian724 on 4/13/2008
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A

The western part of the loop stays pretty close to the road. There were a good number of wildflowers while I was there but not much else.

The eastern part of the loop stays close to the creek. However, there are only a few places where you get a good view. I did see a few snakes.

The parking for the trail is on Old Spicewood Springs road just east of Spicewood Springs Road. The trailhead is across the street and is just a short distance from the Bull Creek Greenbelt trail. You can easily walk under Spicewood Springs to get between the two, although there is no sidewalk.

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