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  • bostonphil777
    Austin, TX90 contributions
    I live on the greenbelt and take an evening walk almost daily. I meet the most interesting people from all over the world and I commune with rabbits, birds, ducks, turtles, parrots and parakeet as well as one baby possum. Oh, I must not forget the raccoons. How could I forget the bats. Sorry ladies.

    It is a very healing place.
    Written August 17, 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,651 contributions
    We only experienced a short segment of it on our bikes but pretty great to have access to nature like this in the middle of an urban setting. Felt far removed from the city when here.
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • pdSixty8
    Austin, TX2,692 contributions
    I have been supporting the Austin Zoo for a couple of years where appreciate the idea of taking care of rescued animals. There are some negative opinions floating out there but I am in full support of making sure these animals are well taken care of. I have noticed there was a time where this zoo was expanding and making improvements but there seem to be a pivotal point where perhaps donations declined. I noticed some projects are taking a while to complete. Despite this there are a lot of parents taking their kids here to see the animals where the nearest zoo is near Bastrop and San Antonio.

    On this day I renewed my membership, and my wife and I walked around to see the animals. It was quite hot but guests were still here. We even rode the train again to relive the full experience. To get here you will need to follow the signs on the road and parking is free. There is a gift shop and can purchase drinks either at the this shop, entrance or a vending machine. Sometimes a food truck is open.

    As we left we found the new paver stone with our name on it.
    Written July 30, 2022
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  • Terri V
    Texas550 contributions
    TURKEY CREEK is one of my favotite hikes in Austin. Dogs are allowed to run free on this hike. It is a flat hike with very little elevation. There is usually water in the park so be prepared to get your shoes dirty. The trail is family friendly! Enjoy! Happy Trails!
    Written February 16, 2021
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  • Scott M
    Westlake, LA509 contributions
    Great space for seeing Austin along the Colorado river, we entered near city hall, there was quite a it of garbage and weeds that needed tending to. Lots of joggers and cyclists on the trail. Found Stevie Tay Vaughn too
    Written June 5, 2021
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  • Crystal
    Hartford, CT69 contributions
    Nice dog park and place for a stroll. Beautiful views. The loop around for a walk isn’t too large as it didn’t take me too long to walk it. Wish there was a restroom on site! Small parking lot but seemed like a spot would open up every now and then.
    Written December 30, 2021
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  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, TX624 contributions
    I am glad I found this. There is a lot of variety. At times you feel you are off in the woods. Other times you are in the middle of the city with lots of litter and homeless encampments. Sometimes you were all alone and other times there are bikes whizzing by left and right. If you are unfamiliar with the city it is not super clear where you can access this from the roads and there was a small part was closed down and it was difficult to figure exactly how to get back on. If you were expecting the Riverwalk in San Antonio you will not get what you expect. If you’re looking for a nice option then a long commercial or residential street then you will be delighted. I felt save the entire time but I can appreciate why others wouldn’t and Welby do you say not to use it after 10 or before five I would stay away from it even at dusk.
    Written March 9, 2020
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  • Sightseer465735
    1 contribution
    Enjoyed it very much. Took my 8 year old and had a nice little picnic off the trail. Parking is a bit weird. Must park in street. Just follow the crowd to their tiny parking lot for trail entrance.
    Written April 26, 2020
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  • Gringo H
    Santiago, Chile13 contributions
    Great short trail with a nice creek and great viewpoints to the creek.
    Lots of turtles and fish swimming around. Nice place to swim but at your own risk.
    The creek is near the bull creek park.
    Written October 13, 2021
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  • Jennifer M.
    Austin, TX144 contributions
    Limited parking is the only downside. This was my first time visiting this trail. My friend and I arrived about 745a on a Saturday, and we were able to get a spot with no issues. However, I can see how by mid-morning that small parking could get filled. The trail itself was so fun! We didn't get in the water, but the water looked fairly clean. There was a rope at one point in the creek where people could swing from. The trail offered inclines, rocky terrain, creek crossings, and much more. I am looking forward to going back!

    Other notes: They do allow leashed pets and there seemed to be additional (limited) parking options along the trail if the lot itself was full.
    Written September 15, 2019
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  • Travis G
    Joplin, MO178 contributions
    This is a great place to ride a road bike or hybrid bike. All of the trail is paved and there is a stripe to separate lanes. As my son pointed out, they even made it solid for no passing zones. It is relatively flat and there is only one road crossing in the first 8 miles. There is a lack of places to rest ie benches, etc along the trail. The parking is at the swimming pool at the park. There is also parking and trail access at the Y.
    Written June 14, 2020
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  • AdelYoussef
    Kirkland, WA13 contributions
    I spent the weekend with my family in Austin. Wanted to take my children to swim in the lake. However, all the parks on the lake either have no easy access to the water OR rocky beaches. Although West Lake beach is not on the main lake Travis, it is still on the Colorado river. It is a very nice park with lots of shaded places to cool off besides in the water. They have a pavilion with picnic tables for eating, available barbecue pits for cooking, lake swimming, volleyball court, and water volley too. It was very pleasant, and was a great place to take the kids to enjoy some lakeside fun.
    The disadvantages Are:
    1. Cost. There is an entry fee of $8 per adult & $5 per child. So it is really expensive for what you are getting given that the admission fee for a county park is $10 per *vehicle*.
    2. Restrooms are not well maintained. No doors, no showers, and no toilet paper!
    Written August 12, 2015
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  • Stephanie R
    San Angelo, TX32 contributions
    Very cool place. My husband and I took our little dog. Great little hike. Not much water...either didn’t travel far enough or just hasn’t been any rain. Did stumble upon this weird cult like set up area in the middle of the woods. Interesting...I would be curious if anyone knew what it was. Mostly shaded. Very wooded in some places...you get the option of staying on a paved trail vs wooded rocky trail. It was a blast!
    Written October 3, 2020
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  • Rick B
    Round Rock, TX1,217 contributions
    Found this place to go hiking with Quincy. The Copperfield Nature Trails Start in Copperfield park. This little neighborhood park has a nice picnic shelter and a killer playscape for the kiddos. The restrooms not so killer just a port-a-john. this turned out to be a pretty good hike of just over 5 miles. This is an out and back. The trail starts at the back of the park along ( I am going to go out on a limb here a section of the trail is called Penny Lane) Copperfield Creek? a small creek with a pretty darn deep canyon. there are a couple of small ponds in this section. It continues across Shropshire Blvd where you have a section with a canyon on both sides one the creek afore mentioned and the other Walnut Creek. Both are at least 50 feet deep and the ridge is only 10 feet wide. there are several overlooks along this section. Then you get to a break in the trail that causes you to have to do some sidewalk travelling. But do it because once you re enter the trail off Peggotty Place there is a pretty nice waterfall straight ahead although the trail turns to the right. Check out the falls and if you want start back. the trail does extend about a half mile farther but mostly it is between two neighborhoods on a 30 foot right of way. Not much to see but if you are burning miles why not? we actually found 4 small waterfalls along this trail and you will too if you don't mind a bit of bushwhacking when you hear them. 5+ miles that's impressive for an urban neighborhood hike!
    Written February 7, 2019
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  • Angela Y
    Duluth, GA3 contributions
    Highly recommend booking a boat rental through Float On! My friends and I were visiting the area and one of the highlights of our trip was our ride with Captain Cam. He was the perfect balance of engaging while letting us 'do our thing'. We didnt have to leave the water once to grab a drink - everything was smooth sailing.
    Written August 14, 2022
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