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Emma Long Metropolitan Park
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Austin, TX 0 Reviews/Comments

Emma Long City Park is one of Austin's premier parks. In the Hill Country along the banks of Lake Austin and Turkey Creek, Emma Long has over 1100 acres of nature within the Austin city limits. The park is split up into different areas for different user groups, so it feels like several different parks in one place.

The lakeshore area costs $5 per car from Monday-Thursday and $8 per car on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a small sandy wading beach on Lake Austin, a roped-off swimming area, picnic tables alongside the lake, hiking trails, campsites with and without hookups, and bathrooms. This is a very popular area for picnics and group activities, with large group picnic areas.

The motorcycle/mountain bike trail is about 6 miles long, and the toughest trail in city limits. The trail is one-way and is not open to hikers, dogs, or runners. There are lots of rock ledges and eroded areas that make this tough to do cleanly on a mountain bike. It's the only trail in Austin open to dirt bikes.

The Turkey Creek trail is for hiking and off-leash dogs, of which there will be lots during any hike. The trail is 2.5 miles long and is sign-posted every quarter mile. There are about 10 creek crossings, all of which have stepping stones. There are also swimming holes in the creek for your puppy to splash around in if you want. This is one of Austin's most beautiful hikes or short trail runs, but it gets the parking lot fills up on the weekends with dog hikers and people carpooling to beat the entrance fee at the lake-front area.

The archery range is closed to bikers and hikers, and is managed by the Austin Archery Club.

There are several races scheduled in the park. An off-road triathlon is held in August, the Pure Austin XTERRA Austin triathlon, with the Emma's Revenge trail run and mountain bike race held the day before the triathlon. The Loop trail race is part of the Rogue Trail Series, and is held in spring. Dirt Remedy is a weekly series of mountain bike races starting in October held on the motorcycle trail.


City Park Mountain Bike Trail

The City Park Mountain Bike/Motocross Trail in Emma Long Metro Park is one of the most technical trails in Austin. The six mile loop is a one-way trail, so follow the trail markings carefully. This trail is not open to hikers or runners, except once a year for the Rogue Trail Series Loop race.


Turkey Creek Nature Trail

The Turkey Creek off-leash dog nature trail is a real gem for dog owners and their canine companions who like to hike, run, swim, and play with other dogs off-leash. The hike itself is great, with lots of improvements in recent years. There are about 10 stream crossings, all of which have rocks or steps to cross at. The dogs can play in the swimming holes along the way.


Emma Long Shoreline Trail

This short, easy trail leads out from the end of the campground in Emma Long City Park for an easy 1 mile hike, out and back.

On the map, it's the short trail going up along the lake.