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Great Hills Park

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Neighborhood nature trail with spring fed pools, and lots of deer
Near:Austin, TX
Distance:2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:300 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a nice neighborhood nature trail. The trail follows and crosses several small creeks in the area. There are also several small flowing springs that feed the creeks and in one place there is a small rocky, spring fed pool with fish. I have hiked this trail 3 or 4 times and have seen deer every time, so have your camera ready.
There is a playscape at the trailhead on Sierra Oaks Place.

Trailhead: The best parking is on Fox Way.
From HY 183 North exit Balcones Woods Dr. West on Balcones Wood to Jollyville Road. North on Jollyville to Taylor Draper Lane. West on Taylor Draper to Penny Creek Drive. Half a block to Fox Way. (Lat:30.41243 Lon:-97.75454)

Trail Guides for Great Hills Park:
Hiking Texas
by Laurence Parent (Falcon Publishing)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: 
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Robin Davis, who has posted  3 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Jessica on 2/24/2011
I took my dog on thus trail yesterday when I found this park by accident. Not knowing what to expect this hike/jog was a pleasant surprise. It was a shady trail and reminded me of a smaller Townlake. There were a few places that we had to cross the creek but it was easy for me to stay dry and easier for my dog to get wet. The trail was well maintained and had some natural stairs during the steep inclines. There weren't many people and at some parts the trail is narrow but overall a peaceful new place to explore.

Reviewed by Santiago on 11/11/2006
A very enjoyable trail. On my first hike I saw a coyote in one of the trail. Unforgivable.

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