Southern Walnut Creek Trail
5200 Bolm Road, Austin, TX 78721
An amazing place for a long bike ride.
Help build your kiddos appreciation for biking on this amazing trail!
Looking for some fresh air and a safe place to let all the little bikers in your life enjoy the open road? Then look no further than the Southern Walnut Creek Trail! Seriously, Bike Austin calls this entirely paved trail the “gateway to cycling bliss.” Fun fact: this trail, which opened in 2014, took two decades to build and was Austin’s first urban trail!
Spanning a width of ten feet, this trail crosses only one roadway for a near-carless bike ride. In our books, that makes it the perfect place for beginners, gaggles of kids, bikers looking for a socially distanced hang with friends, and those hoping to take in the gorgeous scenery – you’ll pedal past some waterways too.
Know before you go:
The full trail runs about nine miles from Govalle Park to the Walnut Creek Sports Park in North East Austin (we’re talking east of 183). Obviously, you can make this ride as long or as short as you want, but the first few miles are the most kid-friendly. Afterward, you’ll find some steep hills that may overwhelm little legs. But the wide, paved path lends itself to a smooth ride. If your crew is the exploring type, there are some unpaved side trails that are also fun to ride around on!
Parts of the trail are quite shaded, while others offer awesome views of grassland, wildflowers, and that big Texas sky. (The last few miles are notably less shaded.) As mentioned above, this is a well-loved trail by many cyclists, so it can get busy on the weekends. It is also rather toasty during summer afternoons. We suggest a morning ride to beat the heat and the crowds. Parking is usually a breeze as there’s a lot at the Govalle Park entrance.
Refuel with inexpensive burgers and more at Dan's Hamburgers or grab lunch from their drive-thru and bring it to Govalle Park to relax after your biking adventure.