One day recently, I was surprised to turn off of loop 360 on my way to St. Edwards Park and all of a sudden be out in the country. It’s rare to find a nearby pocket of wilderness in any town, and even in “green” Austin most of our city parks are within eyeshot of urban world.
But not St. Edwards Park. Since St. Ed’s Park is one of the top rated parks in our city, a group of outdoorsy ladies and I investigated one day last Fall so we could bring you this report!
- One of the highlights of the park is Bull Creek frontage.
The limestone cliffs are pretty and the creekside trail is flat and easy, so would be perfect for young kids. (And dogs who want to get in the water. 🙂 )
- Trails are ample, so you can get a good work out in.
So ample, in fact, that you might get a little lost.
We got slightly turned around in the extensive network of trails and had to use Siri to get us out. Hi, I’m Whitney from a hiking guidance blog. I have gotten a group lost in the woods. Go me.
(This is my “whoops” face.)
Fortunately the park is small enough that you couldn’t get lost forever.
- On that note, one highlight is that you still get cell phone reception, so if you’re needing to check a sports score, stay accessible to work colleagues, or Instagram your adventures, then this is a great place to be.
- And the view!! The view from the top is so pretty. Can you believe this is urban Austin?
How spoiled we are.
- The park is only 10 min from the Arboretum
- Last but not least, the park has some steeper trails so if you’re eager to feel the burn, or are training for a tougher climb out in the mountains, you can definitely find it.
By the time we were done with our hike, we sure were happy to see the car again and crack open an ice cold La Croix.
Thanks to Wild Rose Apparel for outfitting us with hats and koozies!
All in all it was a good park and I will be returning eventually. In the future I will only stick to the hillside trails and not go along the creek bottom. I also want to check out River Place trail before returning here. Have you been to St. Edward’s Park? Would love to hear from you!
- The park has lots of brambles down by the creek, so prepare to feel like you’re bushwacking if you choose to hike in that area
- There are no picnic tables, which is kind of a bummer…so plan for a “tailgate party” after your hike
- After a big rainfall event (more than a few inches), it will be very muddy and there is a good chance some of the trails will be flooded, so I would avoid it
- Don’t wear your fancy tennis shoes on the creekside trails, they will get dirty
- Several of the hills are steep
- There are no bathrooms
Have fun! Hashtag #whitswilderness if you check it out and want to be featured on my page. Happy hiking!