A hidden gem

The trailhead has ample parking and a fantastic map of the trails.
User: Austin Explorer - 8/14/2005

Location: Southeast Metropolitan Park

Rating:
Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 4.74 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours

Comments: I didn't hike the concrete hike and bike trail loop on this outing, just the nature trail portion on the northern end of the park. It was surprisingly rough and hilly with a couple of pretty decent views of downtown Austin. I only saw two people during the entire hike of 3 hours and that was very near the trailhead as I was finishing up. This could very well be the best hiking in Travis County east of Austin and maybe all of Travis County east of the Balcones fault line.

I saw no less than six different rabbits in the park and even a raccoon (not that common a sight during the day).



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Trailhead
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Raccoon
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