Forest Ridge is a beautiful trail in Northwest Austin. Because it is a preserve, the park is only open for limited portions of the year. Stay on the trail while visiting to not disturb the endangered Golden Cheek Warbler!
The Forest Ridge trail running loop you can see on the map below from our Austin group trail run is just over 7 miles. It nearly all single track with some technical and rocky trail climbs. This Austin trail offers some scenic overlooks of the hill country area just off of the Loop 360 highway. While you can take certain cut-off trails to shorten this loop if need be, this is a challenging trail.
We do have one road crossing just 1/2 mile before you hit the St Ed's Park entrance on the far northwest side of the route. Just exit the fence and head straight across the road to connect the trail. We stop our route at the entrance to St Edward's park where we turn back. There will be a green gate with a sign that says you are entering St Edward's park. We will include St. Edward's info on a separate blog. Also check back soon for a blog on connecting Bull Creek, Forest Ridge, and St Ed's park for a 15 mi trail loop!
Please reach out to us anytime you are visiting, and are looking for a great Austin trail running group to explore local trails. We love having guest trail runners!
Facilities: Restrooms and camping not available. Day park only
Best time to visit: Summer and Fall
Park Closures: Park Closes March 1st - July 31st and you must take a preservation class to gain a permit to access the preserve.
Pet Policy: No Dogs Allowed
Parking: Small Parking lot on site (see below)
1 loop max distance : 7.5 mi
Difficulty: Intermediate +
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