Round Round Memorial Park's official trails are all paved.
From the I-35 service road in central Round Rock turn
east onto Sunset Drive and then right on Summit Street, heading south. The road will
cross the creek and the parking area is on the right on the opposite side of the creek.
The Hike: Round Rock Memorial Park's trail system has its highs and
lows. It spends a good deal of time passing under the concrete ribbon that is I-35.
However, venture out to either end of the trails and you'll either find yourself lost
in the vegetation or encountering local history.
This foot bridge provides an easy crossing of Brushy Creek.
The trail begins at the main parking area for the park marked by the waypoint "Trailhead".
Here there are numerous picnic benches and a large number of ducks and geese just
waiting for a handout from visitors. The area is well covered by trees and is actually
somewhat tranquil, even with I-35 just a stone's throw away. The terrain for
almost all of the official trail is pavement, so conditions even after a rain shower
should not be an issue.
Brushy Creek as it cuts through central Round Rock.
At several spots in the park bronze plaques provide a bit of history about the area's
geography and the people who lived in the area, both before and after the appearance
of European settlers.
The trail heads west, along the south shore of Brushy Creek. It passes under I-35 and
then crosses the creek on a foot bridge paralleling the Interstate. Don't be confused
by the topo map of this hike, which predated the I-35 expansion over the creek. The
bridge actually passes under the I-35 service road bridge.
The numerous ducks are a big draw at the park.
Once crossing the creek head west again along the north shoreline. Look in the bed rock
of the shore for parallel groves coming from the creek. That's not a natural
formation. Rather, it's wagon ruts from the thousands of wagons that crosses here as
part of the Chisolm Trail.
The Round Rock served as an important marker for cattle drive crossings.
A little further west, next to a road that crosses the creek sits The Round Rock. This
formation, though not grandiose, played a large role in the development of the area and
is the reason for the city's name. The rock formation happened to reside next to the
best creek crossing in the area, so it served as a useful guide.
The trail doubles back to the foot bridge and continues to the east on the north side of
the creek. After passing under I-35 again you'll pass by the back porches of apartments
that sit right on the edge of the park. The trail continues to a road that crosses the
creek and turns back to the trailhead.
Optionally, you can explore an unofficial portion of the trails by crossing the road at
the trailhead and continue east along the outfield one of the ball parks. You'll find
the trails here largely overgrown and unfortunately also fairly well covered in litter.
However, there are some places of quiet solitude that stand in contrast to the buy park
and even busier Interstate a short distance away.