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    Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas, as well as the seat and largest city of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. Incorporated on December 27, 1839, it i…
    Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas, as well as the seat and largest city of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. Incorporated on December 27, 1839, it is the 11th-most-populous city in the United States, the fourth-most-populous city in Texas, the second-most-populous state capital city, and the most populous state capital that is not also the most populous city in its state. It has been one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States since 2010. Downtown Austin and Downtown San Antonio are approximately 80 miles apart, and both fall along the Interstate 35 corridor. Some observers believe that the two regions may some day form a new "metroplex" similar to Dallas and Fort Worth. Austin is the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States and is considered a "Beta −" global city as categorized by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.


    Rewarded With Beautiful Overlooks
    St. Edwards Park offers 2 main trails taking you along a creek, up hill trails with gorgeous views from atop a bluff, through exposed meadows filled with prairie grasses and cacti, and to a small swimming hole with a rope swing. The Creek Trail is a much easier, family friendly hike compared to the Hill Trail. Creek Trail is a 2 mile round trip out-and-back hike that affords hikers with views of shear rock faces along the quieter section of Bull Creek. You'll begin the hike at the same waypoint as Hill Trail labeled Trailhead. Not far from the start, the trail comes to a T and you will proceed to the right through the parks exposed prairies. Heading towards the creek, the next trail sign is labeled 4-Way and from here you will take a right leading you onto the portion of the trail that parallels the creek. From now, the trail will be easy to follow and ends at Spicewood Springs Road where you'll turn around and retrace your path back to the start of your hike. The Hill Trail takes hikers on a moderately challenging hike up limestone bluffs overlooking the clear waters of Bull Creek. Hill Trail starts at the large parking area where you'll begin by following the trail titled "Trailhead". You'll cross over Bull Creek on skillfully placed rock stacks leading to the ascend of Hill Trail on the opposite side of the creek. From here, you'll be rewarded with beautiful overlooks. Hill Trail is essentially one large loop taking hikers around the perimeter of the park with various smaller trails branching off inside the loop. If you stay on the Hill Trail you will eventually be led back to the creek where you'll retrace your steps to the parking area. I recommend taking a picture on your phone of the trail map located in the parking lot. There are multiple trails that intersect the 2 main trails which can be a bit confusing.
    Offers Several Swimming Holes Along the Way
    Looking for a quick and easy eest Austin trail run? The marquee loop is a short 3.5-mile hike that's beginner friendly and heavily frequented. You don't have to worry about being left out alone on this trail. Trail runners will make a point to cool off under the waterfalls on warm spring or summer days. It's a great trail to run, with easy access, plenty of parking, and speedy terrain. Try to avoid the trails after a heavy rain; they are in close proximity to a creek, which can make for sloppy conditions. What Makes It Great The trails are frequented mostly by hikers with dogs and kids, so you will find it crowded on a weekend afternoon. Most trails run north to south, so there's little chance of getting turned around -- even off the main loop. There is little elevation change on these trails, but you do have a few water crossings. Once you get comfortable on this part of the trail you can head up the hill to get in some more single track and elevation change. There is a 6 mile loop that can challenge the best Austin trail runners. This part of the trail is less widely used and there won't be as many hikers as there are closer to the creek. Because this part of trail is a bit off the beaten path you may want to experience it with a group of other runners who have experienced it. The Trail Roots running group frequents these trails on a regular basis. They mark the trail so that it is easy to follow a specific route, as well as there are other runners to pair up with. This can be a great way to check out new trails and get comfortable so you are able to eventually run them safely on your own. Who is Going to Love It The Bull Creek Greenbelt is an area for users of all interest and skill levels, used mainly for hiking. Directions, Parking, & Regulations The Bull Creek Greenbelt is located northwest Austin just off HWY 360 and RM2222. The Bull Creek park at Lakewood Dr has men's and women's restrooms and a large parking lot. Avoid this area during rush hour because these highways get crowded and can take quite some time to navigate.


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