Summary: This park has a split personality, the south side of Bull Creek is a hilly bluff and the north side is flat. This split means that there are two different trail types. The south side has steep elevation gain that makes for a good climbing hike, the north is flat, follows the creek and has swimming holes.
The route I chose is the southern bluff side trail. This trail features a steep, rocky trail climb. There are some great vistas on the bluff side.
The park is bounded by the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, an endangered species habitat. There is a six foot high chain link fence that encloses the Preserve and hiking in this area is allowed by permit only.
Trailhead: From Capitol Of Texas Highway take Spicewood Springs Rd to the west 2.5 miles to parking area.
From highway 183 take the McNeil Dr./Spicewood Springs Rd exit, turn on Spicewood Springs Rd and the parking area is 3.5 miles.
Trail Guides for St. Edwards Park- Hill Trail:
by Laurence Parent (Falcon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Robin Davis, who has posted 3 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by KT on 2/20/2011
Got some great photos from the hike but when I came back to the car in the parking lot on 2/8/11 - my purse was stolen from my locked car. Thanks a lot whoever you were, my life has been a living hell since then. You can't even imagine......... Not Fun~
Reviewed by AV on 2/11/2011
The hike was nice. HOWEVER... While we were hiking our car was broken into. After submitting a report with the sheriff, he told us that this happens frequently at this location and others around the area. Be wary of burglars, hide all of your goods in the trunk.
Reviewed by pvp on 9/23/2010
Is it really 1000 ft elevation gain? It was mentioned at http://www.austinexplorer.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?LocationID=1666 that the elevation gain is only 300 ft. Also, it was mentioned that it is 2 miles. Does it mean they are two different trails?
Reviewed by Mella on 7/28/2009
Very nice hike close to town so convenience factor is key here! Shaded and certainly several open spots on large rocks overlooking some pretty decent views, perfect for a rest spot or picnic.
Reviewed by Curt A on 4/15/2008
I am from out of townâ€¦ Nice little hike along the creek if you go right of the parking lot.. Saw a bunch of turtles sunning on logs in the creek which was cool. Crossed the creek down to the left of the parking lot and climbed one of the trails up the hill. Descent hike for in the city but not all that challenging. There are lots trails to explore and would do it again.
Reviewed by Alex on 1/5/2008
Very nice hike. A little climbinh if you go off course a little. Not a whole lot of people and it was the weekend. All sorts of trails just to head off on.
Reviewed by Tarek on 10/23/2007
I only rate this three stars because I never found the south side with the loop described. I am from out of town and drove to the coordinates listed, parked my car, and started on the most obvious trail (right off the parking lot). I remained on the north side of the creek and found the creek-side walk very nice and a relaxed path. I will try to seek some guidance and advice from the local outdoor supply shops and see if they can point me in the right direction to the south side hike.
Reviewed by Amy on 5/13/2007
I am from Colorado and I had a hard time finding hikes like the ones back home. This one was perfect! It presents a challange with hills. It is very beautiful too!
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