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At capacity
User: offoxandbear - 5/14/2017  [View Log Page]
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We tried to go here today at 4pm, but they were at capacity and wouldn't let in anyone in for another hour. Something to think about on weekends. We ended up going to RiverPlace again, which is nearby.

User: Jamie - 12/11/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Great water areas and nice elevation for the area

Beautiful Creek, Awesome Ferns; More Dogs than Required
User: plectrudis - 6/13/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

This is one of my very favorite hikes in Austin--the creek is beautiful, the woods smell of cedar (most of the time), there's an awesome wall of ferns, and because the trail's in a narrow little canyon, it's a few degrees cooler than most Austin hikes in the summer.

From a non-dog-owner perspective, the trail's leash-free status can be a drawback--sometimes the first quarter-mile of the trail reeks of dog urine, and I've had a couple of scary run-ins with dogs that really shouldn't be roaming freely around people or other animals.

OTOH, as you get further from the parking lot, things get a lot quieter, and the creek is so very pretty and cool.  The poster who recommended wearing water-friendly shoes was spot on--it's much easier (and more fun) to wade across the creek than to balance on those wobbly stepping stones.  

Be sure to visit in the autumn to see the beautyberries in bloom.

User: maggie.dorman - 2/5/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

As a beginner I found the trail a good mix. Crossing the creek several times was a little bit challenging just because of some slippery or teettering rocks, but the worst result would have been a wet foot as the water was only inches deep at the time I was there.

nice hike and even better dog playground!
User: crocodile235 - 4/28/2015  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

I've been hiking Turkey Creek with my dog for a while now, but this spring has been fantastic.  The frequent rains have made the creek nice and wet, and there are plenty of great doggie swimming holes.  I love that this trail has both a shady, flat section and a rocky section with some hills and open spaces.  Due to the water levels, I wear my Keen water shoes, and splash happily through the creek crossings while watching other people curse when they slip off a log and get their "real" shoes wet.

Turkey Creek doomed?
User: texaskdog - 3/14/2015  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

With the recent rains there was a lot of water to cross.  There are stickers on every sign reminding us to be mindful of the nesting warblers so it probably won't be long until this park is closed too.

fantastic
User: jimmy peace - 2/21/2015  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.70 Miles Duration: N/A

first time ever to hit this trail, fantastic

Lots of people and their dogs on the trail
User: Eveline - 9/27/2014  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

We walked after a period of light rain so the trail was a little slick in spots.  Because the dogs are off leash and their is water you have to contend with fending off friendly dogs that get you wet also.

Great little hike!
User: mlleallie - 8/9/2014  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

This was a great hike, especially for my dog! It's an off-leash trail with a lot of water, so we both had a wonderful time. Will definitely be visiting this one again!

Great for taking your dog off-leash.
User: maddix - 6/1/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour
Took our new pooch Max and one veteran Jerry to Turkey Creek Trail, our first visit. Along with the two dogs were my two children and one of their friends, my wife and I. It's not a long or challenging trail, but frankly a very nice one that s close by us. Max finally learned not to be scared of the water and now loves getting in creeks. We rounded out our day with some swimming at Emma Long Metropolitan Park ($10 per vehicle) then some grub at Ski Shores - all very dog-friendly places.
Fantastic nature trail for kids and dogs
User: bowlesfamily - 8/20/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes
We hiked this trail with a 6 year old and a small dog. It was beautiful, cool and we felt lost in nature. We hiked on a Monday afternoon and scarcely ran into a soul. The trail is a bit rough with lots of different elevations and is fairly well marked, although we did manage to get lost around the middle of the trail. Highly recommended.
Favorite Hike in Austin
User: mstacer - 6/24/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

This is by far my favorite hike in Austin.  I can legally have my dogs off-leash and it's a great length, takes me just about an hour.  It's hard to visit when the creek starts to dry up.  I don't want my dogs wading in and drinking stagnant water.  But when the water is flowing, I'd be hard pressed to find another hike like this and I'm here at least once per week.  It's a great work out, for both me and the pups.

I highly recommend getting here ridiculously early on the weekends to beat the crowd or going during the week if you can.  I really dislike hiking when there are lots of other people around.  (Not that I don't like people, it's just that hiking is my alone time.) I get there around 6:45am and just see a few other die-hard, friendly folks who are there for the same reason... to get some exercise, be surrounded by the stillness of nature, and spend time with their dogs.

Great dog walk
User: TexasGal - 9/19/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My dog, Duchess, and I love this trail. Of course, due to the drought there is no water to be found in the creek right now.
saw a snake chase a frog. the snake's still hungry
User: bigtim1763 - 6/16/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.60 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Riff Raff - 6/6/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.10 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes

HCO group, evening hike.

User: karawynne - 7/23/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.60 Miles Duration: N/A
this was probably my favorite hike so far. i really enjoyed following and crossing the creek. it was especially nice, because most of the time, i had the whole trail to myself. i was able to stop and relax in the creek with my dog before we finished the trail. overall, it was lovely.
A nice hike through the woods
User: jtkatie - 7/5/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

A nice hike through a mostly-wooded area (although it climbs up to a somewhat exposed meadow).

As we drove in, the sign at the entrance of the park says that it costs $5 per weekday and $8 per weekend or holiday... but, I wasn't able to read what that was for. In any case, there was no money-collection areas at the parking lot. The parking lot for the trail is after the Turkey Creek bridge by about 0.2 miles, not immediately afterwards as we thought.

Be warned if you don't like dogs (my wife does not care for dogs after a traumatic experience with a dog biting her as a child). There are PLENTY of unleashed dogs on this trail.

We counted 30 dogs on our hike today, compared to about 20-25 people. Although not a single one was either dry or leashed, most dogs did not bother us at all (most were too tired or distracted to care about us), but a couple barked playfully at us.

User: DBrown - 3/12/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

very nice and easy. fun water crossing plus some easy climbs just off the trail. some interesting geologic outcrops as well. Lots of people with their dogs. Fun 1.5 hour hike.

Awesome hike!
User: sbtgal - 2/21/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

I've lived in Austin 15 years and this was my first time here. The creek was flowing and the weather was a perfect 73 degrees and sunny. (Although we're expecting SNOW tomorrow!) I took my 5 year old daughter and one of our dogs with me. The hike was moderate for the 5 year old, but the water crossings kept her very entertained. She did slip and get dunked once, but she thought that was fun! Wear Tevas or some other water shoe. This hike is not stroller friendly so don't try it. There are 13 water crossings total. Be careful before and after crossings as the mud is very slippery.

There were TONS of dogs, most off leash. The majority of them were friendly. We had three instances that could have turned ugly. My dog was on leash and I would suggest you do the same unless your dog is 100% on recalls and non-dog agressive to the extreme. We had two dogs gang up and start posturing. It would have turned into a fight if mine wasn't well socialized/trained. Another took a cheap shot and BIT my dog without warning. Just a snap and release as he was walking by. A third mounted my dog. All three cases were off leash dogs well ahead or behind their owners. Unless your pets are very well socialized and trained, I suggest leaving them at home. If they do listen and play well with others it's a BLAST for your four legged friends. Just keep an eye out for morons. And please pick up poop and PACK IT OUT! Leaving bags trailside is just gross.

My 2nd favorite Austin hike so far
User: texaskdog - 2/17/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Great path, very isolated, but quite a few people for a weekday noon hour.  Easy to do but loved the 17 water crossing and climbing the hill and back down.  Would love to do this again.  2nd only to Walnut Creek for me in Austin hikes.

User: HKB77 - 10/25/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
User: rdiamond - 7/9/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 minute
Nice and Shady but creek dry due to drought
User: sandew - 6/7/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

It was hot, but nice trail with lots of trees and wide trail.  Missed the YL on the way up, but found it on the way back.  You'll miss the little "hill of life" if you stay on the left (crosses the creek at the YL).  There was a trail map on the right at the YL also. 

One thing, they are trying to mark the trail with rocks, but you don't know that until you pass a mess of rocks, so pick up a couple BEFORE you get to the picknic table and sign about marking the trail.

Lots of dogs that were well behaved and they found a pool of water (standing) up the top of the loop.

Creek's Still Dry
User: bolilloradio - 2/21/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Creek is still dry but don't let that stop you as this is still a nice little hike.  On a Saturday morning we encountered 20 people and about 15,000 dogs. 

User: jrr.rhoads@gmail.com - 1/10/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: wallis - 1/3/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.90 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

I think this trail will be a better hike for me and the pups during the week...  Can't wait to do it when the creek has water running through it. 

Dog owners: please, please, please pick up your dog's poop.  One great thing about this trail is that it is "leash free" and it would suck to lose the privilege, not to mention it is better for the land AND no one wants to smell it.

We hiked this one with the kids and the dog.
User: Courtney - 1/2/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
It was great to see so many friendly dogs hiking free of their leashes.
Great for Dogs
User: bspross - 12/28/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.80 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

This is a great hike for dogs.  Ours must have met 15-20 "friends" and it was a cold, not so pretty day.  This is another one of those great hikes in the middle of Austin.

Dog Central
User: klyevans - 12/9/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Although it's not a bad hike for humans, I think I would feel weird going to Turkey Creek without a dog. Nice trail for an afternoon or weekend stroll with the pup. There are usually a lot of people and other dogs, but it's not overwhelming.
Canyon-like, surrounded by trees
User: HighFox - 12/4/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 35 minutes

Great place to walk the dogs! The trail has 2 (bio-degradeable) poop-bag stations with trashcans. When I went, there was not a drop of water in the creek, but i expected that---Austin is in a drought and it's winter.

I visited at 2PM and found 4 other SUVs in the parking lot, but encountered only 1 woman with 4 large dogs (leashless) on the trail.

The trail stays near the creek bed and winds itself over it several times. My dogs were sniffing every rock on the dry bed, marking thier spots! It was cold today and very windy, but the trail is in a canyon and so the wind was not much of an issue. The large trees were barely moving because of the protection.

I saw no other wildlife, not even a bird or insect. But I suspect they are busy keeping warm someplace.

Not bad, Not spectacular
User: geoff - 6/24/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

I've only been in the Austin area for about 3 weeks but as far as I understand It's been a season of pretty suvere drought which was sefinately obvious.  The creek has since turned into a scattered collection of puddles which i'm sure took away from the whimsey of it all. With this in mind it wasn't a bad hike we started about 5pm on a tues so everyone that we would have run into was still sitting in rush hour but we still ran into a couple people and they all definately had dogs. The slopes were pretty easy going as well. Overall I enjoied myself and will definately head back when the water is flowing.

Great place to hike with the dogs!
User: jmm482 - 4/19/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

This is a gem of a little hike and allows an excellent glimpse of the attributes driving conservation efforts within Austin and the Hill Country.  My dog absolutely loves the numerous creek crossings and meeting all the other dogs and people along the way.  Most folks were out with their dogs and there was one group seeking a glimpse at the all elusive warbler.  I was able to hear at least 7 golden-cheeked warblers while hiking around the loop and near the parking area.  Only a couple were using the primary call (call I), with the majority using the secodary (call II), and call III every once and awhile.  Between mile markers 0.5 to 1.5, there was a warbler near each of the quarter-mile markers, typically on the opposite hillslope as the previous one.  The trail is well defined and lined with limestone rocks.  It's encouraged to stay on the trail and respect the habitat of rare and endangered species found in this area.   

A Little Bit of Everything
User: xoxolat - 5/27/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
The unpredictable nature of the trail was what really stood out for me. True, there is a lot of crossing over the creek in the beginning, but the creek overall is simply beautiful. (Yes, I wound up slipping off rocks and deciding that it was just easier to walk through the water in the end.)

There is also a lot of twisting and turning throughout the trail. Once you head up at the peak/overlook, there is a lot of cactus and clear patches of ground.

I went while it was drizzling, and it had been raining. So, there was a LOT of mud.

Because of the mud factor, and the falling-in-the-creek factor, I can't decide if next time I should wear Teva-like shoes, or just plain tennis shoes.

There weren't many people at all on the trail. In fact, I think I was the last one to hit the trail and most of the people I met were just coming off. And, I only met two dogs, but there were obviously plenty of dogs. It was especially evident on the upper part of the trail where the trail was practically ALL mud for at least 1/2 mile.

Nice hike for getting feet wet
User: annieveg - 5/7/2007  [View Log Page]
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Phil saved a baby rattlesnake in the road.  Thought we heard a mountain lion (sounded more like a jaguar).  Lots of wet smelly dogs.

The Beginning of Our Hiking Adventures
User: silvershark1998 - 4/22/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Well, this was a pleasant hike as this was a spur of the moment hike in that we were out on a drive and took upon ourselves to go for a hike. The weather was a little drizzly. It spotted for a little while. But the trees and the brush help protect us from the drizzle. Alot of river crossing and jumping/hopping across the ravines. Came across a rather interesting collection of trinkets/collectables at the top of summit in an open area. All in all was a great hike.
Dog Social
User: chrislepard - 5/2/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Want to get your dog socialized with other dogs, this is place to take 'em. Great place for dogs. You can jog the trail too.
User: glenlake505 - 11/14/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Good Hike, Great for Dogs
User: SpicyMcBrett - 9/19/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.25 Miles Duration: N/A
Trail was nice and well kept. Few areas of rocks and gravel, but overal was packed dirt and stone.
Turkey Creek Hike
User: Texpride12 - 9/15/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked Turkey Creek trail today in perfect weather. The scenery was great and the hike was very enjoyable. This trail is great for beginners and dogs as well. If you looking for solitude this is probably not the trail for you. There are camp grounds nearby and I think a lot of people frequent this trail. I saw maybe 10 to 12 people on the trail and most everyone had a dog or two with them. All were off their leashes but just strolled right on by. I would highly recommend this trail vs all the others I've listed before. There is a lot of shade, a lot of greenery and even some water and wildlife. Did see a notice to watch out for Mountain lions but if you are familar with these animals you know adults are pretty much in the clear. If you take kids just keep them close and keep your eyes open. Great Trail though
Shady hour long hike
User: pixistixs - 8/1/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This is our favorite spot, free, get's the heart rate going and easy to access. Most people you pass have big friendly dogs. Crosses over a creek several times. Nice scenery.
Nice and quiet
User: jkerr57 - 6/23/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Along this trail it is easy to forget that you are in the city. The brief time spent on the bluff over the creek at the turnaround provides a nice change of scenery.
User: Dean Geuras - 4/24/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Dogtastic and gorgeous, every time.
User: labradorks - 2/11/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
We try to get out to Turkey Creek Trail at least once a week. It gets a bit crowded on weekends, but if you're fortunate enough to make it on a weekday afternoon, the solitude rating goes off the scale. The trail itself got a little trashed during the heavy rains of last November (more on that later) but now is, for the most part, easily passable. Regarding heavy rain--if it's sprinkling, hit the trail. However, if there are more than 2 or 3 inches of rainfall in the area in the day(s) preceeding your walk, you're going to get soaked,repeatedly,crossing the creek. And heads up: if there's been more rain than that, you might experience significant difficulty fording the creek in certain areas! The creek is gorgeous, with clear, pristine green-blue pools dotting the route. There are many places (on creek and off) to stop for a break. Wade, read, write, snack, fetch, sit, stay, whatever. If you've got a dog or two or ten, bring him/her/them. This is a superbly dog-friendly trail. If you run into anyone, they're probably going to be accompanied by well-adjusted, well-behaved canines on- and/or off- leash. We applaud the two-legged and four-legged users of Turkey Creek Trail that we've crossed paths with to date. Everyone seems to be courteous, friendly, and enjoying themselves. They are a credit to hikers just as Turkey Creek is a credit to area trails.
Dog romp heaven
User: Shylock and Fiona - 6/20/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Took the Geo-hounds out for a hike today to meet some other Austin hounds and found 4 of the area geocaches. Great day hiking in this beautiful area. Plenty of water in the creek with a blessedly cool tree canopy. Really enjoyed this outing.
quick hike
User: eezra - 2/28/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Lots of crossing the creek back and forth so wear good shoes with treads.
beautiful spring day hike in February
User: manwithdog - 2/19/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
With the temperature in the 70's and the sun burning through the haze, Willow and I jumped in the Civic to get out and spend some time with the trees. It was idyllic; the kind of day Thoreau would've waxed rhapsodic about. The water was up and the sound of the creek mingled with the breeze overhead in the branches - lovely. In deeper portions of the creekbed, the water stood in emerald green pools. I wanted to strip down and jump in, it was so inviting. Settled for dunking my head instead. We didn't see another person until we were headed back to the car - and the folks we did meet were nice. Not much in the way of critters - a flock of peeping birds around the halfway point - flitting about on stirring branches. Getting outside is the only thing that makes sense when it's spring in February.
User: Blizzard - 9/13/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
We did more than the loop, nice hike on a cool day. Autmn can't be too far away.
Nice Hike
User: woodrg0 - 7/14/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I hiked this trail at 2:30pm with the sun directly above me. I couldn't believe how great the tree cover was on this trail. The creek is quite nice and the trail was well-maintained. The trailhead is well marked and the park provides clean-up baggies should Spot want to come along.
Very beautiful area
User: HikerGirl - 7/2/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Went on this day with a group from Hill Country Outdoors and really liked the hike. Will go back when it is less people so that I can look around more...but the hike was a treat. Nice climbing areas to work cardio & legs. Very cool since most of it is shaded by the trees. I will be going back to this one!...and yes, dogs roam free instead of leashed.
Nice peaceful hike on weekdays
User: figment - 4/17/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.60 Miles Duration: N/A
If you don't have a dog, this isn't a great place to come on weekends. If it hasn't rained for a while, this hike isn't so great - but if it has rained, Turkey Creek can be very pretty.
This is for the dogs, and that's how they like it
User: Austin Explorer - 4/6/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.30 Miles Duration: N/A
It's kind of strange to be in a place where you're the ONLY person without a dog, but that's what I was on this hike. The drizzle was held in check by the abundant tree cover. Not a great hike for solitude, but I did find one tranquil spot at the turning point of the hike, as far from the trailhead as possible.
This is Dog Walk Heaven
User: adonaione - 1/1/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.60 Miles Duration: N/A
I rated the difficulty higher than the trail actually was because there were a number of water crossings that could only be done by walking on stepping stones. Easy for me, but some of my non-hiker friends were challenged by the water crossings. It's a Leash Free walk with my two chow mixes and they loved it. Some of the views are indescribeable. My next journey there will be off trail, which is lots of climbing and water crossings. The people I met were of all one mind THIS IS A GREAT PLACE! Great way to start the New Year!
Great go-to spot
User: rberry - 6/15/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour
I've done this trail many times. It's sort of my default trail whenever I need a nature bump.