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The hike has less appeal than many in Austin. First, you start at a school. Second, the trail is messy with hanging vines etc that support no views near the beginning. Later you reach a fairly typical straight trail without vistas (after a rocky creek crossing). There are some pretty trees along this trail however, which I would count as the highlight of the whole hike. On the way back we crossed the creek at a different location and got somewhat lost. We had to backtrack and recross the creek to get back on the main trail. So there was a little adventure and room for exploring. One other plus, we saw no one else on the trail that day.
This hike has lots of trees and bending paths with elevation change. If you focus on the flora and fauna, e.g. butterflies, you can feel a little more isolation even though there is always a house in view.
Don't try it till maybe October. The park is closed due to water releases from the dam. They told me that they had to do several rescues recently. We drove up from Austin, did not know it was closed. Closing info was not displayed at the Stillhouse official site either. Looking forward to the hike this fall, but will call first.
I took my 8 year old on my latest visit. He really enjoyed the adventure of having to walk around one area of the trail that was submerged in water. The waterfall area is a nice little gem to see when there has been a recent rain. Great solitude since we went on a weekday.
Took my 6 & 8 y/o kids before school started. Very pretty and has a small lake at end of hike. There is also a neighborhood park at trailhead for kids to play at.