Part of Mayfield Park borders an inlet from Lake Austin. (Photo by
Mayfield's ponds and gardens provide a relaxing place to rest after hiking. (Photo by
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always great, even in the heat
User: barefoot mcgraw
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Distance: 2.00 Miles
i love coming here, but somehow i always manage to come during the hottest part of the day. it doesn't stop the peacocks from squawking and strutting, and it doesn't stop me from doing a full round of all the trails. sometimes i start out thinking "oh i'll just swing down by the lake" and next thing i know i'm climbing up the bluff.
there are easy ways to go if you're with someone who can't scamper much, but there are also some trails that climb up a bit or have slightly slippery creek crossings, so you can have a mini adventure right here in central austin.
unfortunately i do not think this best-kept secret is very secret anymore. i don't begrudge other folks enjoying the observation deck, but i do frown at the increasing litter and empty beer cans.
next time i'll bring a trash bag.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Antonio and Austin: Includes the Hill Country
Tom Taylor, Johnny Molloy
List Price: $16.95
Our price: $2.79
This practical guide takes readers to the best trails found in the Texas Hill Country, all within easy reach of San Antonio and Austin. Destinations include secluded, low-traffic areas for quiet hikes as well more popular and heavily used paths. The former LBJ Ranch, the Guadalupe River, the Highland Lakes Chain, and the Lost Pines area are a few of the spectacular treks featured.