Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Park

December 28, 2019

Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park made it on our list of best places to hike in Austin, go check it out!

Overview of Turkey Creek Trail

  • Type: Out and Back with Loop
  • Length: 2.8mi
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Pets Allowed: Yes, Leash
  • Water Crossings: Yes
  • Traffic Level: High
  • Elevation Gain: 170ft
  • Address: 1401-1711 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730

Hiking Turkey Creek Trail

Turkey Creek Trail is not a difficult hike. While there is an uphill section that will get your heart rate up, most of the trail is fairly flat. Watch your step over rocks, ruts, and tree roots. 10+ water crossings snake back and forth across Turkey Creek. If you're water averse, make sure you are very sure on your feet or wear a pair of waterproof footwear.

The hike begins with a 1.2mi section with 10 water crossings and very little elevation gain. Next up is the .8mi loop which presents an elevation gain of approximately 100feet depending on the direction you choose to take on the loop.

During the loop on the creekside, be sure to venture down to the water at the caves. You'll likely find water dripping off of the cliffs above. This area is well shielded from the sun and stays cool. A great place to take a break and cool off for a few minutes while you enjoy the beautiful nature around you.

Wildlife at Turkey Creek Trail

Emma Long is a Golden Cheeked Warbler sanctuary. Along Turkey Creek trail you're likely to hear their calls along with a multitude of other birds. Hiking this trail at less-trafficked times I have also found raccoons, deer, armadillos, skunks, and the other typical Texas creatures. However, due to the heavy traffic at this trail, it's unlikely you'll be running into these animals. If you hike this trail after dark, listen closely for coyotes in the area which often howl due to the dog population in surrounding neighborhoods!

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