Hike through St. Edwards Park

St. Edwards Trail

Distance

2 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Running, Swimming, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Brooke Simmons

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

This park is offers great hikes near Austin. There is a family-friendly option and a cold creek for swimming in the warmer months. The park is dog-friendly.

St. Edwards Park offers 2 main trails taking you along a creek, up hill trails with gorgeous views from atop a bluff, through exposed meadows filled with prairie grasses and cacti, and to a small swimming hole with a rope swing.

The Creek Trail is a much easier, family friendly hike compared to the Hill Trail. Creek Trail is a 2 mile round trip out-and-back hike that affords hikers with views of shear rock faces along the quieter section of Bull Creek. You'll begin the hike at the same waypoint as Hill Trail labeled Trailhead. Not far from the start, the trail comes to a T and you will proceed to the right through the parks exposed prairies. Heading towards the creek, the next trail sign is labeled 4-Way and from here you will take a right leading you onto the portion of the trail that parallels the creek. From now, the trail will be easy to follow and ends at Spicewood Springs Road where you'll turn around and retrace your path back to the start of your hike.

The Hill Trail takes hikers on a moderately challenging hike up limestone bluffs overlooking the clear waters of Bull Creek. Hill Trail starts at the large parking area where you'll begin by following the trail titled "Trailhead". You'll cross over Bull Creek on skillfully placed rock stacks leading to the ascend of Hill Trail on the opposite side of the creek. From here, you'll be rewarded with beautiful overlooks. Hill Trail is essentially one large loop taking hikers around the perimeter of the park with various smaller trails branching off inside the loop. If you stay on the Hill Trail you will eventually be led back to the creek where you'll retrace your steps to the parking area.

I recommend taking a picture on your phone of the trail map located in the parking lot. There are multiple trails that intersect the 2 main trails which can be a bit confusing.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Lived In Austin

Loved this place my little daughter and I would always visit. This is a little piece of heaven early morning. Especially in the late fall

Short by nice hike

The water does mostly dry up in the middle of the summer and it gets hot, but a cool place to explore for a couple of hours.

Very Scenic Trails With River And Waterfalls

Really clear waterfalls and streams. There's a "uptrail" if you don't want to walk along the river. Ropes on the trees for swinging into the river. Water is very clear and beautiful

Distance

2 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Running, Swimming, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Brooke Simmons

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike the Great Hills Park Trail

Adventure

Hike the Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail

Adventure

Hike the Trailhead Park Trail

Adventure

Photograph Pennybacker Bridge (Austin 360 Bridge)

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

destinations

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

A Yosemite Winter Wonderland

gear

La Sportiva Women's Skwama Climbing Shoe Review

Super sticky, super responsive, and just as badass as the men’s version of the shoe.

travel

A Few Days in Rossland, BC - A Must-Stop on the Powder Highway

If this town of less than 4,000 friendly folks doesn’t charm your socks off, the terrain at RED M...

destinations

WATCH: A Way of Life Under Attack - 'Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee'

All over this country, indigenous people are literally just fighting for their identity.

More Stories