Northern Walnut Creek Trail


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Northern Walnut Creek Trail Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Travis
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Balcones District Park and Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10907173

Northern Walnut Creek Trail Description

Northern Walnut Creek Trail is part of an expanding trail project located in north Austin. The  two-lane, concrete trail connects Balcones District Park, on the west side of MoPac Boulevard, to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, on the east side. 

The 51-acre Balcones District Park features a public pool, a children's playscape and provides a natural retreat in the heart of the city. Walnut Creek runs through the park, and its namesake trail snakes alongside it, wandering away from the water's edge and then crossing over it at different points. Narrow spurs reach into the nearby neighborhoods, inviting residents to join the trail. Thanks to ample tree cover, the pathway remains delightfully shady and cool even on summer days. 

The trail heads east and emerges at MoPac Express Lane. There, if you turn right, you can join the MoPac Express Lane Shared-Use Path or turn left to continue on the Walnut Creek path. The trail sweeps down to  the cavernous space underneath the highway and then continues shrouded by tall bushes and trees on either side. It remains in the greenbelt and ducks under Metric Boulevard and enters Gracy Woods Neighborhood Park, a grassy open space peppered with trees  which provide shade for picnickers.

A bridge skirting the tops of the trees takes you into the heavily-wooded Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. This park sits on 290 acres, and is a great spot for birding and wildlife-watching. Follow the trail to its conclusion in the parking area. 

There are future plans for an expansion of this trail and eventual connection to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at either end. Balcones District Park's address is 12017 Amherst Dr., Austin, while the address for the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is 12138 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78758. Residents can also access the trail on foot or by bike via the neighborhood spurs. 

Northern Walnut Creek Trail Reviews


This is a great, easy urban trail that winds through a scenic greenbelt area. Throughout the spring and early summer, wildflowers abound. It’s easy to extend the ride by linking this trail to the Shoal Creek Trail by using trails through the Pickle Center and the Domain.

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