Return to St. Edwards Park

Nice hike
User: offoxandbear - 10/3/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Lots of trails here, although quite a few are out in the open. Looks like a great place to swim too. If you take the northern trail that follows Spicewood Springs Rd, beware that it narrows as you get further along and we spotted lots of Poison Ivy.

Love this area
User: Sunshinedog - 7/19/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: N/A

The dog and I love this hike.  water is always flowing and after you get out of the main park area we almost never see anyone, except a horse or two on the trail.  Be sure and park in the actual parking lot to help protect your car from break-ins.  We cross over the raod hike up the other side and hike into Balcones reserve when it is open.  absolutely love the high trail that looks over everything.

User: Jamie - 3/1/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
St. Edwards Park - Hill & Creek Trails
User: maddix - 6/16/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours
Took the family & pooch hiking with the North Austin and Round Rock Hiking Meetup Group. This was our (my) fist event ever, not counting the previous Sunday when the hike got rained out before it ever started. Scenery is very nice and the creeks were flowing. We did a 2 mile loop (Hill Trail) then two miles along the creek (Creek Trail). We are eager to come back when we can spend more time exploring and hanging out along the creek versus keeping to a schedule.
User: ValEpiscopo - 4/22/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 2.60 Miles Duration: 1 hour
Hiked perimeter and across creek in two places.
Beware of This Park!
User: blueyonder - 3/11/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: halfstar Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
The hike is lovely and it's a great place to take kids and dogs, but after a beautiful day with friends here, we came back to find our car window shattered and purse stolen. I had even set the alarm and hidden the purse under the seat! From what I understand, this happens frequently at this location. So sad, it's a treasure and somewhere I've enjoyed visiting since I was a kid, but we won't be returning.
User: tawaterk - 2/8/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

It was very lovely, however, had a bad experience.  Came back to the car in the parking lot to discover that someone had stolen my purse out of it which was locked.  Don't know how they broke in but they did.  My life has been bad news since this happened.  I believe that they should patrol more often around this parking lot as I was told by the police that it has happened pretty regular at this park.


very nice park
User: nathanec - 10/10/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 1.65 Miles Duration: 50 minutes

Went here after Hurricane Hermine went through so the creek was nice and full and some of the trails had been washed over and were a little over grown, met up with a family that i walked along with for a while, because I didn't really know the park after moveing from El Paso, It was a very relaxing place and a nice place to let your mind wander.

Hiking Details
User: austinyogagirl - 8/1/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

I lead a group and we decided at the 3 trail decision point to go to the right and it took us about 45 minutes out until we came to a low water crossing and didn't see the trail head; its up close to the road on your left.

Finally, we had water last night and saw a few turtles in and around the stream (more of a pond due to drought) and one small baby turtle on the bank.
There was also a snake that I stepped over so be careful. My dogs loved the hike and even though the water wasn't great right now it's still a very solitute hike and we didn't see anyone until later in the hike (around 8:30am).

After I got back to the parking lot some mountain bikers were coming and I was told you can also ride horses on the trail. I think the early you go the better chance you have of seeing wildlife.

User: ili - 5/9/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 minute
Very Nice
User: mhbarnette - 1/17/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

Very nice hiking trail. We went along the creek trail which was very nice and the water is beautiful.. will go again!

Lovely Hidden Park
User: calel - 5/29/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Unless you pass by it on windy, curvy Spicewood Springs, or find it on a parks guide, you'd have no idea this little park existed.

I'm very fond of St. Edwards Park. I find the hiking best in the evenings during the middle of the week. The weekend swimming crowd is gone and it's just cool enough that you don't feel so hot & sweaty on the long, open portions between your car and Creek Trail or Hill Trail.

Generally, I like to hike the Creek Trail if I want some peace and quiet. It's visually more exciting for me and the gentle flow of the creek is soothing. It's also a fairly easy hike, so you can spend more time just soaking in the forest instead of worrying about your next step.

The trail is narrow, so on weekends, you may find yourself being pushed into the brambles and bushes to let bikers, joggers, and horseback riders pass.

There's a nice swimming spot near a teeny bit of rapids. It's easy to spot by the rope swing some kids must've set up ages ago.

Somewhere during the first half of the trail there's remnants of an old treehouse high up in the trees.

There's a nice reading/relaxing spot further down Creek Trail. You'll see a mini-trail branch off to the left. Follow it to a very open limestone bed. When the water is low, the bumpy limestone is a good place to sit down and read. Two tiny waterfalls at this juncture in the creek add some ambience.

After it rains a bit, a waterfall will spill from high above into the creek. Another waterfall willa ppear right across the street where the first portion of the trail spills out onto the road.
Always Nice
User: schrochem - 2/15/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Always has been one of my favorites. I kind of did a criss cross this time around. I veered right from the parking lot and off down toward the creek, crossed and went all the way to the top (very steep here). Came back down the top but noticed a new trail (new to me anyway) that is between the top trail and the rim. So I took that back inward from where I came until I hit the rim trail. Followed that out and down (basically to the road) and followed the creek all the way till it hit the road again and turned back for the parking lot. The 3 miles is a guess so don't count on it for accuracy. The weather was nice (sunny, 60s), even though it had snowed the day before...Texas weather :) Anyway, a definite nice spot here so close in.
snow hike at St. Edwards
User: rbt_austin - 2/14/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
I walked one of my collies as the snow was melting Saturday and encountered only 2 other people. This is my favorite park in Austin.
Great Park
User: Blizzard - 6/16/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiking the back side of the park near the preserve made me feel I was 'way out' in the wilderness and far away from the traffic nearby.