Brian Greenstone

The Greenstone Guide to Austin & The Hil Country



I'm not a big fan of the parks east of Austin, and this is no exception at least as far as the hiking goes. The Southeast Metropolitan Park is a fairly new Travis County park, and in addition to the ~2.5 miles of hiking there is a 2 mile long concrete multi-use trail for in-line skating and biking. There are also baseball and soccer fields.

The hiking trail itself is decent, but nothing spectacular. There are several nice viewing spots on some ponds, and there's enough vertical topography to give you a workout, especially if you take the short 1/4 mile spur to the duck blind which is near the parking lot. It's an easy park to get to, so it's maybe worth checking out sometime, but I doubt I'd go too far out of my way to repeat that trip.


Take 71 East about 4 iles or so past Bergstrom Airport. On the right side of the freeway at a stoplight you'll see a green sign that says "County Park", and barely visible on the left is the entrance to the park with a sign saying "Southeast Metropolitan Park". You could easily miss this if you're not paying attention.


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