| 4.00 Miles
|| 150 Feet
|The beginning of the trail is dominated by pocket prairies covered in grasses and wildflowers.|
The park resides on both sides of Bull Creek aloong Spicewood
Springs Road west of Capital of Texas Highway. There are two parking areas for the park.
From Hwy 360, take Spicewood Springs west for about two miles. Be on the lookout on the left
for a small parking area to the left with a white mailbox. At this spot there is parking for
at most 4-5 cars parked parallel to the road. Alternatively, proceed down Spicewood Springs
for at most a quarter mile and look for a larger parking area on the left. This parking area
can hold about 15 cars.
|Coppertone wades in Bull Creek along St. Edwards Park's Creek Trail.|
Part park, part preserve, St. Edwards Park is not too well known, even
among long time Austin residents. It's hidden away on old Spicewood Springs Road, beyond the
Loop 360 boundary beyond which most people do not venture.
The park consists of two parts, one park and one preserve. The portion of the park on the north
side of Bull Creek resides within the City of Austin parks system. South of the creek, the park
operates under the somewhat more stringent rules of the Balcones Canyonland Preserve system,
which among other things mandates that dogs be on leashes.
|The southern portion of the park rises above the nothern half's floodplain, providing some great views of the Bull Creek valley below.|
The different rules for different portions of the park pale in comparison to the differences in terrain on one side of the park from the other. The north side of the park includes some pocket prairies and river bottom habitat. The southern side rises above the northern portion and consists mostly of rocky slopes covered in Cedar and Oak.
St. Edwards Park features two hikes that are chronicled here on <%=sSiteName%>. The
Creek Trail parallels Bull Creek upstream for a mile, often within earshot of Spicewood Springs, but providing a few wonderful spots from which to view or wade into the creek. The Hill Trail takes the high road by crossing Bull Creek and and ascending to the highest point in the park at the southern tip. Of the two the Creek Trail is the easiest. The Hill Trail provides far more solitude and more of a challenge for hikers who like to climb.