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Berry Springs Park

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2.50 Miles 320 Feet
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Georgetown Williamson
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Getting there: Heading north on I-35 from Austin, take the Williams Drive (2338) exit in Georgetown and head east. Turn left on N Austin (418) and then right onto FM 971. Turn left onto CR-152 and continue on the path even after the hard right turn in the road. After crossing Berry Creek, look for the park entrance on the left. A stonework sign (in the shape of a lime kiln no less) marks the entrance.

The Hike: One of Williamson County's newest parks, Berry Springs Park and Preserve was opened on October 15, 2005. In a short period of time the park has added over two miles of trails suitable for beginners and families.

The hike begins at the parking lot near the waypoint "Trailhead". From this point a paved path leads to the east and west. Both will end in a small loop, turning back to the trailhead. But at each of these turnaround points unpaved trails continue. The trail system makes a loop around much of the park's acreage with side trails bisecting it at various points along the way.

A good portion of the trail is paved, but not all of it.
The paved segments of trail are trivially easy and the non-paved portions of the trail are almost the same. The crushed granite or packed dirt surfaces are flat and well maintained. Much of the park is open grassland with numerous Pecan trees sprinkled about. This hike might take on an additional dimension when the pecans are falling.

Even the unpaved segments of the trail are flat and easy to hike.
The park is named for John Berry, a veteran of the War of 1812, who settled on this land in 1846. He built a spring-driven grist mill, blacksmith and gun shop. Some of the buildings of the Berry farm are preserved on the park grounds. Berry died in 1866 and is buried in the small family cemetery also located within the park. One of Berry's great-grandchildren was none other than Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in the entire history of the United States was Berry's great-grandson.

During our visit we were rarely out of sight of other park visitors, but it was in no way crowded. Away from the playground near the trailhead people were mostly off in the distance.


Photos

Pond The circles this pond in the park. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Homestead Berry homestead buildings still remain in the park, as does a small family cemetery. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Entrance The entrance to Berry Springs Park. (Photo by Austin Explorer)

Log Entries

User: Jessica.Preston - 8/17/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: texaskdog - 5/31/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 35 minutes

Was kind of a nice park...great if you live in Georgetown, not much of a destination.  There are 2 donkeys on a farm you can pet & feed so bring carrots!  We walked around the park in only 35 minutes, didnt take the paths in the middle.

Hiked while geocaching in the park
User: Bing-GTX - 2/21/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

My wife and I hiked around this park looking for the seven geocaches in the park at the time. We found six of them. This is a nice park with historic buildings and a nice pond, which unfortunately was empty when we were there.  There is also semi-primitive camping available at this park.

User: toobsox - 10/1/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 minute
More developed than I expected
User: Austin Explorer - 12/26/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.69 Miles Duration: N/A
Coppertone and I hiked all of the trails here and were surprised at the number of park amenities that had already been built. There were not too many people here today, but with the Pecans all shedding their leaves one could see almost to the other side of the park and so someone was almost always in sight. The trail is a mix of concrete, granite and packed dirt, all fairly flat. This one might really be a treat during pecan season!

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