Turkey Creek Trail - Hiking

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Summary

A 2.7 mile trail that is shaded and has little elevation gain. A family favorite.

Written by

Taylor Reilly

Distance

5.2 miles

2.7 miles one way; 5.2 miles as an out and back

Destination Distance From Downtown

5.3 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Turkey Creek Trail

Review

Intro

The Turkey Creek Trail is technically inside Emma Long Metropolitan Park, but you catch a lucky break: the trailhead is outside of the paid-usage area. (If you get to the guard shack, you've gone too far.) However, it's still very well maintained -- which makes it a perennial family-favorite destination. 

What Makes It Great

Much of the 2.7-mile trail is shaded; there's very little elevation gain; and the trail crosses the creek several times. It's a great way to cool off, or to let the kids explore the amphibious wildlife. Dogs are allowed on the trail -- and Turkey Creek Trail is an off-leash area. Even if you don't have a dog, you should be prepared for a wet mutt to shake off after a dip in the water.  Also, you might see a sign that says "Welcome to Mountain Lion Country!" But don't be alarmed: In 100 years, there were only four (non-fatal) encounters reported. Those are good odds -- the hike is worth it! 

Who is Going to Love It

Turkey Creek is basically a flat, mellow trail good for families or an outing with the pups. Those looking for a quiet hike (or a nice hour or so trail run) will enjoy the trail. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Emma Long Park is located at 1706 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730 and the Turkey Creek Trailhead is located just before the pay area at a well-signed trailhead. 

Location

Turkey Creek Trail

1600 City Park Rd.
Austin, TX, 78730
30.333537, -97.840068

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