Getting there: From MoPac in Austin, head west on FM 2244. Continue
west on FM 2244 through the intersection with Capital of Texas Highway. Aproximately
3.5 miles after that intersection turn right on Cuernavaca Drive and then turn left
on Commons Ford Road. Continue down this road for and look for the entrace to the park
on the left. Parking is along the shoulder of the road. Look for a brown wind gauge and
antenna on the left for an indication of where to park.
The Hike: This is one of the easier hikes that you'll find on a non-paved
surface. Most of the length of the hike is composed of mowed grass, courtesy of the Parks
and Recreation Department. The short and sweet loop starts at the waypoint "Trailhead"
along the side of the road. we started the hike in a counter clockwise direction heading
toward the north east.
The trail surface is mowed grass. Very easy to traverse.
The trail was very easy to follow with the higher grass on either side of the trail clearly
pointing out the direction of travel. At the waypoint "Y-Left" there is an option. The
right fork heads toward the creek. Looking for a longer hike we headed to the left toward
The north shore of Lake Austin includes cliffs that look down on the park.
The waypoint "Boathouse" marks the location of a small boathouse along the shores of Lake
Austin. But it also boasts a large patch of mowed grass that is perfect for picnicing.
We watched and listened to birds in the area for some time. Because there was no motor
boat traffic on this portion of the lake at all the scene was very calm and quiet. It's
a nice change of pace from the hectic waters one finds along the busy portions of the
The trail follows Lake Austin's shoreline for about a quarter mile. The park boathouse can be seen in the distance.
The trail turns to the west and follows the contour of Lake Austin. The path is far enough
away from the lake so that the water is seldom seen, but its presense is never forgotten.
Across the water rise steep cliffs of Limestone. There are no masions with million dollar
views here. Just lots and lots of nature. This section of the trail features an impressive
line of mature Pecan trees that will continue for a quarter mile. Numerous pecans were
scattered on the trail
This trail gets its name from the long row of large Pecan trees that line the path.
The trail turns south as it nears the westernmost park boundary. Not far away we could see
cattle grazing on the adjancent land. When the trail runs into the park road you'll be at
waypoint "Barn". Here you'll see an old barn still used by the park to house the tractor
that probably created the trail on which we hiked. Nearby is a large ranch house that the
city rents out for events. Also nearby are a volleyball court and gazebo for picnicing.
To complete the loop head east on the park road back to the trailhead. The trailhead should
already be within view at this point. In the end this easy hike took about 35 minutes to
complete the 1.15 mile loop, with some time spent looking at birds and pecans. It's an easy
and enjoyable hike that can be enjoyed by hikers of almost all abilities.