St Edwards Park is a great short running trail in Northwest Austin. With swimming holes and a mixture of hills and flat sections, you can get all you need to train for any local trail race like our own Texas Switchback 10k, half marathon, or marathon. What we like about this Austin trail is that you can connect to neighboring trail systems to extend your route. By connecting St Edwards to Forest Ridge and then to Bull Creek you can get over 16 miles of awesome Austin trail running.
The drive along Spicewood Springs as you approach the park allows you to feel as if you are completely in the country when you are actually minutes from town. Because the parking lot is smaller this running trail is not ideal for larger running groups like our Trail Roots run club. Along the Northeast side of the park near the parking lot you will be able to run about 1 mile of flat trails along and nearby Bull Creek. Once you cross over Bull Creek you immediate begin climbing. There are about 2 miles of trails on the west side of Bull Creek which are all on the side of the hill. Along these trails you will get some of the best views over the North Austin hill country.
Facilities: Restrooms and camping not available. Day park only (small 10 car parking lot with an additional smaller lot just up the road)
Best time to visit: Spring-Fall
Park Closures: None, However adjacent Forest Ridge Park Closes March 1st - July 31st and you must take a preservation class to gain a permit to access the preserve.
Pet Policy: Pets allowed on leash
Parking: 7301 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759
Small Parking lot on site (see below)
1 loop max distance : 3.5 with ability to connect to longer trail system at Forest Ridge and Bull Creek
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate +
The route below starts from St Edwards and connect Forest Ridge down to the trails just west of Jester Rd