5 trails to explore in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Hutto Lake Park is a 39-acre parkland situated beside Huttou2019s Lakeside Estates subdivision, featuring a lake for boating and fishing. The trail loop circling the lake offers a special structure for the nature hobbyistu2013a floating dock ideal for bird watching. The viewing dock on the eastern edge of the lake makes for a unique opportunity to catch glimpses of water birds, including Pied-billed Grebes and American White Pelicansu2013both of which have been observed at the park.

Hutto Lake Park is a 39-acre parkland situated beside Huttou2019s Lakeside Estates subdivision, featuring a lake for boating and fishing. The trail loop circling the lake offers a special structure for the nature hobbyistu2013a floating dock ideal for bird watching. The viewing dock on the eastern edge of the lake makes for a unique opportunity to catch glimpses of water birds, including Pied-billed Grebes and American White Pelicansu2013both of which have been observed at the park.

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Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto are home to a variety of trails, each with its own unique features. Here is a glimpse at a few of these trails and your guide to visiting them:


ROUND ROCK









Old Settlers Park Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3.30 miles
Trail type: Paved
Activities: Walking, Running, Biking and Fishing

Unique features: Old Settlers Aerodrome; catch a home run ball behind Dell Diamond

Old Settlers Park Trail loops around its namesake park, from the sports fields on the northern end of the park to Dell Diamond by Hwy. 79. In fact one portion of the trail runs directly behind the outfield wall of the ballpark, meaning that fortuitous trailgoers may be able to catch a home run ball hit out of the park during a weekend game.

A field off the northern end of the trail is also home to Lone Star Aeronuts, Round Rock’s remote-control model aircraft club. Spectators are welcome to watch enthusiasts fly remote-control helicopters and more at the park’s aerodrome.






Brushy Creek Trail
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Distance: 3.06 miles
Trail type: Paved; gravel
Activities: Walking, Running, Biking and Fishing

Unique features: Cycling trail


More than three miles of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail runs through Round Rock. The trail will eventually run alongside Brushy Creek from Leander to Hutto, but it is currently split into two distinct trails inside Round Rock.

Cyclists frequently use the portion of the trail that runs from A.W. Grimes Boulevard to Red Bud Lane due to the path’s pavement and consistency. The trail also features columns that once supported the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was built in the early 1900s.





PFLUGERVILLE









Gilleland Creek Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 6.57 miles
Trail type: Paved
Activities: Walking, Running, Biking and Fishing

Unique features: Fishing spot and wildflower field

Gilleland Creek Trail, Pflugerville’s longest walking path, stretches from Grand Avenue Parkway to the eastern edge of city limits.

A shaded fishing area can be found off the trail behind Pflugerville First United Methodist Church. For access anglers should park at the Pflugerville Recreation Center and walk along Bohls Loop trail.

Also accessible from the Bohls Loop trail is a field of wildflowers at the southeast corner of Immanuel Road and East Pecan Street.






Lake Pflugerville Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3.31 miles
Trail type: Gravel
Activities: Walking, Running, Biking and Fishing

Unique features: Catch a glimpse of Pflugerville’s elusive beaver

Lake Pflugerville Trail loops around its namesake park, which features a beach on the north side of the lake for swimming, docks and piers for fishing, and boat entries for kayaking. On the northwest side of the lake, however, a beaver dam is tucked away amongst cattail reeds and tall grass. No Pflugerville Parks and Recreation officials have ever laid eyes on the elusive beaver residing in the dam, but guests can find felled trees with beaver teeth markings around the rim of Lake Pflugerville.






Pfluger Park Loop
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 0.34 miles
Trail type: Paved
Activities: Walking, Running, Biking

Unique features: Bird motels and Pflugerville’s oldest tree

The trail encircling Pflugerville’s oldest park connects to the Gilleland Creek Trail and offers sights of two bird motels that house Purple Martins, the largest North American swallow. A walk across a bridge connecting Pfluger Park and Gilleland Creek Park takes visitors to what park officials believe is the oldest tree in Pflugerville.





HUTTO









Hutto Lake Park loop
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: Large loop: 1 mile Short loop: Quarter-mile
Trail type: Gravel
Activities: Walking, Running, Biking and Fishing

Unique features: Bird watching

Hutto Lake Park is a 39-acre parkland situated beside Hutto’s Lakeside Estates subdivision, featuring a lake for boating and fishing. The trail loop circling the lake offers a special structure for the nature hobbyist–a floating dock ideal for bird watching. The viewing dock on the eastern edge of the lake makes for a unique opportunity to catch glimpses of water birds, including Pied-billed Grebes and American White Pelicans–both of which have been observed at the park.





Know your venomous snakes


Central Texas residents and visitors engaging in activities near rocky or wooded areas or water may encounter four different types of venomous snakes. Venomous snakes may not release venom with every bite, but a venomous bite can cause severe injury.






Copperhead
reddish-brown cross bands on a lighter colored body; found in rocky areas and wooded bottomlands; can be found along streams in the spring






Coral Snake
distinctive pattern of broad black, yellow and red rings, with the red always bordered by the yellow; found in the southeastern half of Texas in woodlands and canyons






Cottonmouth
dark brown, olive green bodies marked with wide bands; found in rivers and swamps






Rattlesnake
light gray with brown oval blotches along the back; found throughout the middle of Texas in grasslands and swamps


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By Iain Oldman

Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the reporter for Northwest Austin.


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