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This West Austin trail is located right on the Colorado River! While the trail system is only near 4 miles long it is well worth it! What is unique about this trail system is the diversity of terrain. While the trails close to the river are flatter and mostly dirt and lined with Pecan trees, the trails further inland are rockier and more technical and include some elevation change.
I lived on off Cuernavaca back in 2009 for a year and would use these trails every week for my marathon training workouts. There is a 1 mile loop that is beginner friendly and offers a slight incline on the Southern side of the park. This loop is great for interval or fartlek workouts. This park has little traffic weekday mornings. Mostly you will see neighborhood folk walking their pups.
Parking is limited. If you come on a Saturday mid morning you might be out of luck. You can park on the road outside of the park if you have no other options. Inside the park there are spots for about 10-15 cars. There is a bathroom/outhouse on the trail close to the lake, but it is not very visible. Visit the Austin Parks website for more info!
Across the road is where you start running more inland. This trail is all single track and runs along a spring. At the top you arrive at a beautiful soaking hole. During dry summers this is barely running, but it still will hold enough water to sit. After the run take a dip in Lake Austin (The Colorado River). There is a sandy shore that is knee deep and perfect for an ice bath or cool down soak.