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Brushy Creek Lake Park

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1.75 Miles 75 Feet
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Getting there: From RR 620, heading north towards Round Rock, turn left on Parmer Lane and head northwest. Turn right on Brushy Creek Road and look for the park entrance on the right.

The Hike: Brushy Creek Lake Park is one of Cedar Park's newest, so new that I happened upon it by accident as I was finishing up a hike along the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. Nestled behind the dam that created Brushy Creek Lake (really a pond), the park is ringed by the trail along all sides and with a few cross trails. The majority of the trails contain surfaces of crushed granite.

The trail winds along Brushy Creek Lake's shoreline.
The more interesting terrain can be found in the small loops on the western side of the park. Here the trail surface is mulch and the vegetation closes in. It's not a rough experience by any means, but these small loops provide the only real possibility of achieving any solitude in the park.

The northern loop also contains an interesting feature that caught me by surprise. Was it a rare geological formation? Crop circles to signal aliens? No, it's a maze constructed in a clearing along the trail. The outline of the maze is made of lines of rock, no more than a few inches high. The entire maze is contained in a circle with an entry and exit point. I didn't have the time to try the maze out though it struck me as a neat addition to the park. Click on the topo map above for a larger view that shows the maze's location.

In total there are about 1.75 miles of trail. It's a fine place for a shorter stroll and one could always continue on to the Brushy Creek Regional Trail for more mileage. You'll want to look elsewhere for a serious hike.


Photos

Lake View A view of the lake from one of the "nature" trail loops. Fishing is popular here. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Trail View The nature trails provide just about the only shade and solitude in the park. (Photo by Austin Explorer) The Maze This little surprise awaits those who venture onto the park's lesser used trails. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Adults, teens, and children alike are immediately drawn to the small, but fun--and FREE--water playscape at Brushy Creek Park. (Photo by xoxolat) My little girl, Ilona, and her boyfriend, Ted. Screaming & splashing at the "water park." (Photo by xoxolat)

Log Entries

User: Karisenter - 5/1/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Open space hike along Brushy Creek
User: mgialusis - 1/14/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

This is more of a park path than a hiking trail.  There are many runners and walkers with little solitude.  Most is open-spaced areas along the creek.  

at least you can rent a boat
User: bigtim1763 - 5/12/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.75 Miles Duration: N/A
Family park
User: texaskdog - 4/3/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Park itself not too exciting but you can rent kayaks by the hour.  We took the extension west past the cap metro track, which has boulder beneath it that were intended for the capitol bldg but never made it there.  trail apparently goes all the way to US 183 past the tollroad.  Better as a bike trail than a hiking trail.

Neat Features
User: Daniel N - 3/6/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

A Labyrith Trial, Bridges and covered observation stands along with picnic tables, playground, spray park and kayak rentals. This park has a lot to offer just not solitude.

User: Daniel N - 10/17/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 45 minutes
Interesting maze, too many people
User: epowell - 9/27/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

This was a fun park to explore, but there were a lot of people out. We ended up walking the regional trail for about a mile, after looping around the park.

Very easy partially paved and somewhat scenic
User: Daniel N - 9/15/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.75 Miles Duration: N/A

Brushy Creek is an easy walking trail surrounding what I assume is a very picturesque pond. The rains over the weekend caused waters to rise substaintially so that many of the trails are under water. But even with that the park and trails make a very nice family hike and the spray park and playground are great for the kids. The trails tie into the Brushy Creek Regional Trail.

It's ok.
User: chiricana - 4/25/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.75 Miles Duration: 1 hour
Quick getaway
User: Dickgreenie - 6/13/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.75 Miles Duration: N/A

Watch out for the little kids at the water park


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