Hello St. Edwards Park! It has been a while. I started off on the Tim and Maggie Boatright Memorial Trail that runs between Spicewood Springs Road and Bull Creek. This part of the trail has a few lingering wildflowers and a busted up house. Then I climbed up the path at St. Edwards Park, took in the view of the hills, got lost in the woods, found my way downhill to the dam, watched the fish swim around, enjoyed the soothing sounds of the waterfall, and headed back for my car. All adventures were accomplished before sunset.
I returned to St. Edwards Park to further explore the trails. I went up the hill, and across the ridge again, but this time ventured out to the very end of the red trail that follows along Bull Creek. It was another awesome evening! I can see making this a regular exercising habit along with my routine walks on the hills of Georgetown. There is so much to see and experience in this park. 🙂
Bull Creek runs through the park. The water here is clear and inviting, possibly even nicer than the swimming holes in the Austin Greenbelt. I successfully crossed the creek twice today without falling in the water. When it gets warmer, this might be a nice place for a swim or an accidental on purpose fall into the creek. 🙂
If you hike to the top of the ridge at St. Edwards Park, you will get a good workout and also find yourself beneath the buzz of the power lines. There is a road where the park borders the Preserve area that is closed to the public beginning on March 1st. I need to remember to come back earlier in the year next year.
The trails in St. Edwards Park are pretty easy to navigate. They are marked with colors – red, blue, green, orange, yellow, brown, and purple. The only thing that can get you turned around are the multitude of smaller side trails, so beware. Just keep your bearings by the ridge, the creek, the fields, and the road. If you get turned around, head down the hill, cross the creek, walk through the field towards the traffic sounds of the road. 🙂
I went hiking at St. Edwards Park off of Spicewood Springs Road after work today. It was just over two miles of hiking, with an initial hill climb of about 200 feet to the top of the ridge. This is a great park, and I could have hiked further – easily doubling that distance. I will definitely be back soon to explore more.