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St. Edwards Park

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The beginning of the trail is dominated by pocket prairies covered in grasses and wildflowers.
Getting there: 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.
The Hikes: 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.


Photos

Waterfall~ Waterfall at St. Edwards Park (Photo by tawaterk) St. Edwards Park Hill & Creek Trails Family hike w/MeetUp.com group. (Photo by maddix)

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St. Edwards Park - Hill & Creek Trails
By maddix on 6/16/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 MilesDuration: 2 hours
Took the family & pooch hiking with the North Austin and Round Rock Hiking Meetup Group. This was our (my) fist MeetUp.com event ever, not counting the previous Sunday when the hike got rained out before it ever started. Scenery is very nice and the creeks were flowing. We did a 2 mile loop (Hill Trail) then two miles along the creek (Creek Trail). We are eager to come back when we can spend more time exploring and hanging out along the creek versus keeping to a schedule.
By ValEpiscopo on 4/22/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.60 MilesDuration: 1 hour
Hiked perimeter and across creek in two places.
Beware of This Park!
By blueyonder on 3/11/2011
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 MileDuration: N/A
The hike is lovely and it's a great place to take kids and dogs, but after a beautiful day with friends here, we came back to find our car window shattered and purse stolen. I had even set the alarm and hidden the purse under the seat! From what I understand, this happens frequently at this location. So sad, it's a treasure and somewhere I've enjoyed visiting since I was a kid, but we won't be returning.
By tawaterk on 2/8/2011
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 MileDuration: N/A

It was very lovely, however, had a bad experience.  Came back to the car in the parking lot to discover that someone had stolen my purse out of it which was locked.  Don't know how they broke in but they did.  My life has been bad news since this happened.  I believe that they should patrol more often around this parking lot as I was told by the police that it has happened pretty regular at this park.

 

very nice park
By nathanec on 10/10/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.65 MilesDuration: 50 minutes

Went here after Hurricane Hermine went through so the creek was nice and full and some of the trails had been washed over and were a little over grown, met up with a family that i walked along with for a while, because I didn't really know the park after moveing from El Paso, It was a very relaxing place and a nice place to let your mind wander.

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By austinyogagirl on 8/1/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 MilesDuration: 2 hours

I lead a group and we decided at the 3 trail decision point to go to the right and it took us about 45 minutes out until we came to a low water crossing and didn't see the trail head; its up close to the road on your left.

Finally, we had water last night and saw a few turtles in and around the stream (more of a pond due to drought) and one small baby turtle on the bank.
There was also a snake that I stepped over so be careful. My dogs loved the hike and even though the water wasn't great right now it's still a very solitute hike and we didn't see anyone until later in the hike (around 8:30am).

After I got back to the parking lot some mountain bikers were coming and I was told you can also ride horses on the trail. I think the early you go the better chance you have of seeing wildlife.

By ili on 5/9/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 MilesDuration: 1 minute
Very Nice
By mhbarnette on 1/17/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 MilesDuration: 1 hour

Very nice hiking trail. We went along the creek trail which was very nice and the water is beautiful.. will go again!

Lovely Hidden Park
By calel on 5/29/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 MilesDuration: N/A
Unless you pass by it on windy, curvy Spicewood Springs, or find it on a parks guide, you'd have no idea this little park existed.

I'm very fond of St. Edwards Park. I find the hiking best in the evenings during the middle of the week. The weekend swimming crowd is gone and it's just cool enough that you don't feel so hot & sweaty on the long, open portions between your car and Creek Trail or Hill Trail.

Generally, I like to hike the Creek Trail if I want some peace and quiet. It's visually more exciting for me and the gentle flow of the creek is soothing. It's also a fairly easy hike, so you can spend more time just soaking in the forest instead of worrying about your next step.

The trail is narrow, so on weekends, you may find yourself being pushed into the brambles and bushes to let bikers, joggers, and horseback riders pass.

There's a nice swimming spot near a teeny bit of rapids. It's easy to spot by the rope swing some kids must've set up ages ago.

Somewhere during the first half of the trail there's remnants of an old treehouse high up in the trees.

There's a nice reading/relaxing spot further down Creek Trail. You'll see a mini-trail branch off to the left. Follow it to a very open limestone bed. When the water is low, the bumpy limestone is a good place to sit down and read. Two tiny waterfalls at this juncture in the creek add some ambience.

After it rains a bit, a waterfall will spill from high above into the creek. Another waterfall willa ppear right across the street where the first portion of the trail spills out onto the road.
Always Nice
By schrochem on 2/15/2004
Rating: N/ADifficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 MilesDuration: N/A
Always has been one of my favorites. I kind of did a criss cross this time around. I veered right from the parking lot and off down toward the creek, crossed and went all the way to the top (very steep here). Came back down the top but noticed a new trail (new to me anyway) that is between the top trail and the rim. So I took that back inward from where I came until I hit the rim trail. Followed that out and down (basically to the road) and followed the creek all the way till it hit the road again and turned back for the parking lot. The 3 miles is a guess so don't count on it for accuracy. The weather was nice (sunny, 60s), even though it had snowed the day before...Texas weather :) Anyway, a definite nice spot here so close in.

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