Turkey Creek Trail - Hiking

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

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Taylor Reilly


5.2 miles

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

Destination Distance From Downtown

5.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Land Website

Turkey Creek Trail



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. 


Turkey Creek Trail

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

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