Summary: The scenery on this hike is typical for Austin. Most of the trail is open area with different grasses and weeds growing. There are also sections of trail that wind through cedar-wooded areas. In some spots, you will see remnants of old rock walls as in other greenbelts in Austin.
The trails in this preserve do not appear to be maintained, so some sections are well-defined, while others are difficult to really follow well. It is extremely easy to get lost with all of the criss-crossing trails, so a GPS receiver with tracking enabled is a good idea. Also, people ride motorcycles on these trails, so keep your eyes and ears open for them.
The path I took was not really planned, I just randomly chose which way to go at the many trail intersections,
Trailhead: Take Brodie Lane to Harpers Ferry Road. Longview Park will be ahead of you at the end of Harpers Ferry. Park in the Longview lot. Go all the way to the edge of the park, through the large empty field. The trailhead is at the far end of the field, approximately in the middle. It is not marked - none of the trails here are. (Lat:30.20432 Lon:-97.82573)
Trail Guides for Hike 1 - Stephenson Preserve:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Austin Parks & Recreation Department, 512-974-6700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bryan Swain, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by MK on 1/15/2011
I have several dogs and this is, by far, the best dog park in Austin. There is a large field and past this are are miles of trails that my dogs adore. Once you enter the trails area, youdo not even feel you are in the city. Very peaceful and my dogs love it.
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