Spicewood Valley Trail
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Distance: 2.00 Miles
Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
This was an interesting trail with two very different parts. I was first excited about the rapid decline towards the creek with a beautiful natural stone staircase with a log handrail. You quickly come to a "T" where you have to go left or right. I first chose the left path. This trail was absolutely beautiful - very natural, very secluded and lots of inclines and declines. It had nice stepping stones to cross a shallow creek. Along the trail, there were some large beautiful boulders and the pathway was very scenic and shady with lots of trees. Unfortunately, this path was very short and I had to turn back. I went back to the "T" and proceeded down the right path. This side of the trail was very different. The one thing that I loved was the river that had a beautiful waterfall sound that could be heard long before you reached it. There were also nice sounds of birds and crickets, so it sounded like you were really away from it all. However, shortly after passing this area, the trail became much wider and it almost seemed like you were walking down a dirt road. There was no shade, no fluctuating elevations, and I started hearing sounds of cars and construction. This side of the trail was much longer, but it was not very impressive. I came across a SUV which had burned to the ground in the middle of nowhere - very interesting. Overall, I absolutely loved the left trail, except it was just too short, but I was not very fond of the right trail once I passed the waterfall.
A fun and relaxing walk in the woods
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Distance: 2.60 Miles
I hike here frequently and find it quite enjoyable. This trail winds through a wooded ravine from a reservoir in the north down to Spicewood Springs Road in the south. You feel quite isolated given that the park borders a housing subdivision. Typically I pass one or two other people along the trail.
The net change in elevation is about 110 feet. Although the passage from the trailhead(s) in and out of the ravine is relatively steep, it only takes a few minutes. Along the main trail the slope is relatively modest.
Points of interest not mentioned in other posts include a tree house, a small grassy meadow with wildflowers, and an old watering trough.
If you want to start near the northern end of the trail, the alternate trailhead ("Alt-TH") is located at the intersection of Evening Primrose Path and Topridge Drive. The alternate trailhead meets the main trail just below the rocky path to the reservoir. On the southern end of the trail there appears to be a small, unofficial parking area at the intersection of Spicewood Springs Road and Scotland Well Drive (in front of the city wastewater utility lift station #105). An unmarked path goes directly from the parking area through the woods to meet up with the main trail. Alternatively, from the parking area you can take the sidewalk up Scotland Well and access the trail from the "turnaround" point.
If desired, extend your hike by linking up with other nearby trails. Connect to the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt trail by crossing the creek a few feet downstream of the man-made waterfall. The Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt trail goes through the woods, past a pond, and up to Canyon Vista Middle School. Also, the Talleyran Park hiking trail can be accessed from its "turnaround" at Old Lampasas Trail. It is about a 10 minute walk along a sidewalk from the Spicewood Valley trail "turnaround" on Scotland Well Drive to the Talleyran Park "turnaround" on Old Lampasas Trail.
Pretty & Serene
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Distance: 3.00 Miles
I went in the afternoon after the storms we've been having. Descending the winding stone stairs in the beginning is truly beautiful.
I did the entire trail--both ways--and saw people below me in the creek when I was nearing the end of the "upper" trail. When I turned around to go onto the "lower" trail, I wound up following a friendly couple with two dogs.
It was getting into sunset, so the trail was dark in spots, but filled with fireflies! It was like a dream!
As it says in the main description, the "turnaround" is actually the end of the trail as it comes out onto Scotland Well Dr. Definitely no parking there, but I sometimes see cars parked down on Spicewood Springs. I may try that next time.
It was dark when I was done, so I had to walk up the hill and back to my car at Middlebie. OUCH! It is about .5 miles from the trail's end, up the Scotland Well hill--which is a 45-degree incline--and then how many streets to Middlebie? A great workout in the end!