Parks, trails and entertainment: things to do in Northwest Austin

Bull Creek District Park is one of many Northwest Austin parks.

Bull Creek District Park is one of many Northwest Austin parks.

Experience all that the Northwest Austin area has to offer. Find a pool or swimming hole; take a hike; or go rock climbing.

Play at a dog park

Millrun Park
Millwright Parkway and Timbercrest Lane

Millrun Park includes a dog off-leash area where pets can run, play and socialize alongside their owners. Guests can also cook on barbecue grills, eat at picnic tables or a gazebo, and use a playscape.

Old Stage Park
Hymeadow and Meadowheath drives

This nearly 4-acre park includes a dog off-leash area in addition to a basketball court, a playscape, a volleyball court, a soccer field and a tennis court.

Go rock climbing

Main Event
13301 N. US 183, Austin

Guests at Main Event can participate in indoor rock climbing alongside the bowling alleys, arcades and more entertainment spaces included in the recently renovated, 75,000-square-foot facility.

Pure Austin
4210 W. Braker Lane, Austin

At Pure Austin members of the locally owned gym can use the rock-climbing wall for free. Nonmembers can purchase a day pass to the facilities for $25.

Cool down

Bull Creek District Park
6701 Lakewood Drive, Austin

This popular Austin swimming hole is frequently busy on hot summer days. However, the 48-acre park also includes trails that lead to scenic cliffs, waterfalls, springs and archaeological features, according to the Austin Parks Foundation.

El Salido Park
11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin

Situated on 10.6 acres, this park offers a pool in addition to picnic areas, playscapes, a volleyball court, tennis courts, barbecue grills and trails.

Springwoods Municipal Pool
13320 Lyndhurst St., Austin

The pool, located at the Forest North Neighborhood Park, is open year-round and offers six lanes for lap swimming, recreational swimming or swim lessons as well as a mushroom spray feature and a slide. Entry fees are free through March 9
and $1-$3 after. Residents may also purchase punch cards or season passes.

Go hiking

Great Hills Neighborhood Park
10801 Sierra Oaks Drive, Austin

A 1.82-mile trail cuts through the wooded Great Hills neighborhood. The 85-acre park also has several natural areas to view native plants, birds and other wildlife. The trail has five trailheads and crosses a creek several times.

St. Edwards Park
7301 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin

Tucked along the winding Spicewood Springs Road west of Loop 360, the 80-acre park has a 3.59-mile trail with several scenic overlooks. The trail is suitable for hiking, running and walking a dog. The Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt also runs through the park.

Yett Creek Neighborhood Park
12538 Riata Vista Circle, Austin

For the more intrepid explorer, this hidden 40-acre park near Apple Inc.’s Austin campus is largely undeveloped with a single 1.54-mile trail. Visitors can also access the trailhead from West Cow Path.

Shop at a farmers market

Lakeline Farmer’s Market
11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park

The Texas Farmer’s Market sets up shop outside the Lakeline Mall every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. With dozens of local farmers and ranchers setting up booths, the Lakeline Farmer’s Market presents an opportunity to stock up on fresh items, such as vegetables, herbs, eggs, meat, honey and olive oil. Other vendors sell coffee, snack items, pastries and more.

Practice golf

2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin

Although not a traditional driving range, TopGolf offers guests an opportunity to practice their swing, play arcade games and order food and drinks. The range has various targets players can aim for to earn points and compete with friends. TopGolf offers 102 hitting bays on three levels at the 64,000-square-foot complex.

Wells Branch Disc Golf Course
14300 Owen-Tech Blvd., Austin

Maintained by the Wells Branch Municipal Utility District in North Austin, the 18-hole course is beginner-friendly and offers the challenge of a creek and hills. Parking is available along Owen-Tech Boulevard.

Woodland Greens Golf Center
11210 RM 620, Austin

Guests can practice their golf swing at this Northwest Austin driving range located off RM 620 just south of Anderson Mill Road.

Find a playscape

Harper Park
11008-11098 Lake Creek Parkway, Austin

This park offers a playscape in addition to a baseball diamond, a volleyball court and a 1-mile trail.

Quail Creek Park
1101 Mearns Meadow Blvd., Austin

When the temperatures top 100 degrees in summer, the mostly shaded park offers a place to escape the heat under a grove of hackberry trees, according to the Austin Parks Foundation. The park has a playscape and several benches as well as a quarter-mile trail with numerous fitness stations to stay in shape.

Springwoods Neighborhood Park
9117 Anderson Mill Road, Austin

Beneath a canopy of trees this park has two playscapes: one geared for children ages 2-5 and another for children ages 5-12. Need a place for a birthday party? The park also has a large covered pavilion that may be reserved for a fee.

Go biking

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

The park is home to one of the city’s municipal swimming pools and several sports fields. It also has an extensive 15-mile network of rocky and rough trails for mountain biking, running or walking a dog.

Spike a volleyball

Balcones District Park
12017 Amherst Drive, Austin

The park has barbecue pits, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, a pool, a playscape, a volleyball court and 1.3-mile trail.

Domain Central Park
11100 Alterra Parkway, Austin

The 9-acre park offers large grassy areas for lounging or playing catch. On the western end of the park, up the hill, are four sand volleyball courts maintained by Project Serve, a group that offers league and open play for children and adults.

Harper Park
Lake Creek Parkway and Deerbrook Trail

One of the Anderson Mill Limited District parks, the park serves as a community gathering place for the district’s events. The 9.3-acre park includes a plethora of sports options, such as sand volleyball and soccer. A 0.9-mile trail runs through the park, making it a spot for people-watching.

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.


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