Austin, Texas, United States

Creek Crossings and Nature Trails

When in doubt, Turkey Creek rarely disappoints. It can be busy on weekends, but during the week, it's a slice of peaceful serenity.

Part of Emma Long Metropolitan Park (Austin's largest park at 1,147 acres), Turkey Creek is a nearly 2-mile hike of easy trails and multiple creek crossings, as you crisscross your way around the loop.

Where natural stones or rocks are not present, concrete stepping "stones" have been placed to make the crossings easy for anyone. Check weather, however, as the area (like most of Texas) can flood in times of high rains. For much of the year, however, Turkey Creek has enough water in which the dogs love to splash. And at other times, the creek bed may be dry.

Regardless, the hike is beautiful, shaded in most parts by Cedar, Like Oak, Cedar Elms, and Sycamores. You may also see some Twisted Yucca, and Mountain Laurels.

While Emma Long requires all dogs be leashed, Turkey Creek is a officially an off-leash park, so Fido can run along the trails to his or her heart's content. You may see other dogs on the trail, so sociable dogs only please.

From central Austin, take FM 2222 west, past Loop 360. Turn left onto City Park Road and continue south to the Emma Long Park entrance sign. The parking area for the trail is two miles from the park entrance sign, on the right hand side of the road.

Creek Crossings and Nature Trails