Hitting the trails: A guide to hiking spots in the Cedar Park and Leander area

If you are looking for an activity to help you get healthy and increase your amount of exercise, the Leander and Cedar Park area offers miles of trails. Here is a regional guide to help you lace up your shoes and pick out a trail from around the area.


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1. Brushy Creek Regional Trail
This 6.75-mile cycling and hiking trail runs from Twin Lakes YMCA to Great Oaks Drive. The trail features secondary trails and can be accessed from six parks.






2 . Buttercup Creek Cave Preserve Trail
The trail runs for about 2 miles through preserve areas located at Buttercup Creek and Lakeline boulevards.






3. Milburn Park Trail
This 1.4-mile crushed granite trail is located at Elizabeth Milburn Park.





4. Quest Village Park Trail

This 1-mile trail of crushed granite surrounds Quest Park at 614 Stallion Drive.








5. Town Center Park Trail

The 1-mile concrete trail surrounds the lake between the Cedar Park Town Center shopping plaza and the Cedar Park Recreation Center.







6. Veterans Memorial Park Trail

The 1.2-mile trail of concrete and crushed granite is in the city park at 2525 W. New Hope Drive.







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7. Benbrook Ranch Park

Hike and bike trails are included within the 46.5-acre city park.







8. Devine Lake Park

The scenic park offers paved and unpaved trails for hikers.







9. Robin Bledsoe Park

The park on Bagdad Road in Leander provides a walking trail for residents who are looking for an outdoor activity.








10. Sarita Valley Greenbelt

A 21-acre greenbelt is located in the Sarita Valley subdivision and includes a 0.4-mile trail. The greenbelt is the first segment of the Main Branch Brushy Creek Trail, which will provide almost 6 miles of trails linking neighborhoods, schools and commercial areas once built out.







REGIONAL TRAILS








11. Lake Creek Trail

The 1.5-mile primarily concrete trail runs along Lake Creek and cuts through the Town and Country Optimist Fields in Northwest Austin.







12. Old Settlers Park Trail

Walkers and runners can try out about 3.3 miles of paved trail within the boundaries of Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The trail connects the Dell Diamond to parking by the disc golf area.







13. Randy Morrow Trail

A 5.5-mile trail starts at San Gabriel Park and connects to several city parks in Georgetown before ending at Booty’s Road Park.








14. San Gabriel River Trail

The 26-mile rugged trail winds completely around Lake Georgetown. Parking is provided at Tejas Park near Leander, along with several other regional parks around the lake.







15. Jim Rodgers Trail

The 1.8-mile crushed granite hike and bike trail runs along the perimeter of the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.








Sources: City of Cedar Park, city of Georgetown, city of Leander, city of Round Rock, Army Corps of Engineers, Williamson County/Community Impact Newspaper




By Caitlin Perrone
Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.


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