Our resident trying-to-be-a-hiker, Katie, is checking out every trail, swimming hole and breathtaking view in Austin. This week’s adventure was to St. Edwards Park. Spoiler Alert: she got lost and had a blast.
This post was first published in 2016 and updated in August 2021.
I am obsessed with this great city of ours for a few reasons; one of them being the fact that nearly every establishment sells breakfast tacos. Never can have too many of the best food on earth, am I right? A result I anticipated, but disregarded its importance, is the need for the many places there are to walk, sit, and sing in nature. I don’t sing, but I very well could in the joy of how many great trails there are!
This week I drove off to explore St. Edwards Park and it was absolutely fantastic.
Notice the tower of rocks towards the bottom.
Applauding you, random stranger!
The thing I sincerely liked most about this trail was that I got lost. I don’t mean to brag (I definitely do; I had plenty of chances to edit this), but I’m pretty good navigationally. I remember giving directions by pointing left or right to my grandmother out of my car seat. I’m a directional genius. So, I actually loved getting turned around. It felt like a challenge.
So! For those of you who are going to be new to this spot and not pumped about getting lost in the wilderness, follow these kind trail signs:
They keep you safe at St. Edwards, don’t you worry.
But I loved exploring and staying close to the water. Take advantage of a warm weather day and jump in the creek! It truly is a beautiful spot. There’s even a rope swing for you more adventurous daredevils.
All I can say is, please go to St. Edward’s Park if you haven’t yet. You’ll absolutely enjoy your time there. 10/10 would recommend to a friend. And you’re my friend, aren’t you? Head on over there, gang!
Want to see more of this amazing spot? Check out this video shot in the Summer of 2021.
Have you explored this Austin spot?! #gooutside #naturetiktok #naturelover #austintexas #atx #hike #swimminghole #ropeswing #waterfalls #freefun♬ Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
St. Edwards Park Quick Facts:
- Address: 7301 Spicewood Springs Road
- Popular For: Hiking, Mountain Biking, and Swimming
- Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Trail Miles : 3.59
- Cost: Free
- For more information, check out the Austin Parks Foundation website.