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Serene Bluebonnet Patches
User: kjv1212 - 4/3/2014  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

Great neighborhood trail for jogging. Hiked this with my 2-year-old, and it was perfect for his skill level with a couple of fun challenges. When the bluebonnets are in full bloom this place has spots that are downright magical.

oasis in middle of town
User: jimmy peace - 10/12/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
the city has done great work on this park, a lot of clearing and mulch on the trails
Impressive with sharp contrasts
User: Kat Person - 1/20/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

The cliff drop-off down the the creek bed is very impressive, especially when you contrast it to the impressive view of St. Edward's University and of the City.  The recent work done on the trail is impressive with an emphasis upon native plant survival.  This hike will only improve with time.

Beautiful and historic
User: Eclogite_ATX - 3/18/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Great hike this morning at Blunn Creek Preserve. Lots of bluebonnets in bloom. Neat that it is an ancient, extinct volcano. Not many know about this area's volcanic past. Spring has definitely sprung so watch out for poison ivy right at edges of many of the trails. Could use a good trash pickup, but not too bad overall.
Nice hike
User: texaskdog - 2/12/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 35 minutes

A lot there for the location.  could easily wander for quite a while.  Sign says no dogs but there were many dogs there anyway.

Cute little trail
User: claireific - 7/17/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

As hikes in Austin go, this one gets points for solitude (I didn't see anyone else the entire time) and scenery. The high point has a great view of St. Edward's and downtown, and there are plenty of trailmarkers, which I happen to prefer. It wasn't particularly special or challenging, and I like the hikes further southwest better (Barton and the like) but this one was nice. There's a little creek, and as one reviewer noted, a fair amount of debris and litter. It's too bad, really. Bonus: I saw a bright purple dragonfly and a cottontail rabbit on the trail!

Canyons, rivers and volcanos in the middle of town.
User: swedegirl5 - 2/23/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.20 Miles Duration: N/A

Nice little hike with several amazing views and interesting history lesson about the geology of the region.

Very disappointing
User: sdonaldson - 2/20/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A

There was considerable trash just about everywhere especially along the creek.  Basically a dump.  There was no one around and I understand why.

Awesome view, secluded, my new favorite hike
User: smeevil - 4/12/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour

Like the others have said, it is surprisingly quiet.  Awesome view with the "volcanic overlook." Lots of squirrels and possibilities of seeing wildlife.

Surprising oasis.
User: Caledonia - 4/10/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
I never knew this gem was here. The bluebonnets are in bloom which made this hike even more beautiful. The kids love it and call it Jurrasic Park because of the Volcano intrigue. The huge Oak tree on the west side of the preserve is also a must see.
User: budrow - 9/28/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Very nice preserve
User: figment - 11/2/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Even though you are very close to I-35, you'll feel like you are out in the woods. The view of St. Edward's University's main building from the Volcanic overlook is great - St. Ed's is built on top of a volcano, one of 12 that used to be in Travis County. The creek is pleasant, although I didn't see any springs, there are several of them in the park. I parked on St. Edward's Drive in front of the park - there are two trail entrances on St. Edward's Drive, 200 feet from eachother on opposite sides of Blunn Creek.
A Beautiful hike
User: theflea - 7/23/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This hike to me was pretty easy.I thought the hike was cool. Along the way I saw a rabbit. You will cross two creeks. You have to jump across the second creek. The first creek you just have to walk across, big rocks in the creek. The second you should be careful. I jumped across the creek and at the other side I slipped. It looked dry, but it was slippery. A little later you come to a fork in the road. The sign says v.OVERLOOK FOR VOLCANIC OVERLOOK to the right. Oltorf to the left. I went to the volcanic overlook. You can tell you are very close by red ash on the ground. When you get to the overlook, you have a great view. You can see the trees below you. You have a good view of St. Edwards. Then when I was back at my house I said, what a beautiful hike.
78704, it's more than Barton Creek.
User: oceanus - 7/20/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Blunn Creek Preserve is an enjoyable hike in the heart of South Austin. Less used than its 78704 neighbor, Blunn Creek offers a quick get away for people living south of the river. Plus, because it is less known than Barton Creek, hiking the trails can be more relaxing; you won't find bikers zooming by every two seconds. The trails are very well marked, except for a few in the northern part of the preserve, which allows for easy hiking. The Volcanic Overlook is the best view in the preserve. Suprisingly, the view from the overlook is not congested with houses and other structures; there is a great view of St. Edwards Univeristy, which sits on an extinct volcano, plus you get an excellent view of the hills to the west. When hiking in from the south, you'll see red volcanic ash on the trail, just before you reach the overlook. Check it out while you can because it has diminshed significantly in the last few years. The vegetation in the preserve is largely regrowth, but that's o.k., considering the ever growing IH-35 is less than a half of a mile away; but don't fear, while hiking in the preserve you'd almost never know it.
A little distance means a lot
User: Austin Explorer - 1/4/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
We hiked Blunn Creek Greenbelt and Blunn Creek Preserve on the same day. Just a few blocks apart, the two trails could hardly be more different. The greenbelt is flat, open and populated. The preserve is rugged and more solitary (though by no means deserted). Parking can be a pain, but the trails provide at least a little real hiking, as opposed to walking.