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Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

12138 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78753

5 am-10 pm

$$

bike, hike, run

A great family-friendly park for hiking, biking, and running with your dogs too!

With miles of largely paved hiking routes, this North Austin park is the perfect place to load up the stroller and head out for some cardio. Located on nearly 300 acres in North Austin (just off far North Lamar Blvd), Walnut Creek is a lovely getaway from town without actually having to leave town. Due to its size, the park also offers off-roading – think thin dirt trails and creek crossing – for those looking to take the kiddos on a little adventure.

Like many parks in Austin, this one is incredibly dog-friendly and some areas are zoned for off-leash play. While many of the dogs there are friendly and well-behaved, it's worth noting in case you or your little one gets anxious around pups. It also means mud and mess aren’t uncommon. Maps found around the park will help you identify what areas are off-leash and what's not.  

If hiking isn't your thing, Walnut Creek also features a pool, a playground for both little and bigger kids, and several sports fields for baseball, volleyball, and basketball.

Bathrooms are available as well. 

 

Features

Good for All Ages Biking Hiking
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Sarah M Marloff
Sarah Marloff is an award-winning journalist who’s written extensively on women’s and LGBTQ rights, housing, and women in entertainment. Her work has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, The Counter, Washington City Paper, Curbed, and more. After spending her twenties working as both a preschool teacher and a long-time nanny, she knows a thing or two about what makes kids thrive. When she’s not writing, she’s either practicing yoga or exploring the great outdoors with her wife and trusty sidekick, Sid Vicious the Chiweenie.
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