Austin Kids Hike‘s Shoal Creek page has new information about the trail between Pease Park and Lady Bird Lake, through the heart of downtown. The description has been updated and there are three new trail heads at the south end of the map. My friend and I walked it the other day and we learned a lot. For one thing, if you find yourself on a mountain bike trail, know that this is a terrible place for hiking and head back West until you find the trail again. And, if you get thirsty and you are with your girlfriend instead of your kids, you can climb the stairs at 5th street and get a single glass(es) of wine at Whole Foods Market.
The funky nature of this part of the trail may change soon, because the City of Austin is considering making upgrades. Upgrades are good, but if you want to check it out while it is still funky, check it out now.
Condos being built along the banks of the creek…
An old bridge and an even older bridge are one and the same…
A concrete easement makes for part of the trail, with a few parts that might get your feet wet. This is part of the trail that the city would replace.
There is an interesting array of pipes that cross Shoal Creek in some kind of exposed way, some with little bridges built just for them.
This old piece of bridge is still standing, with cut off railroad ties on either end. It is made of just wood and screws. It amazing to imagine it holding up a train.
My girls loved all the funky parts of this trail. Maybe your kids will too!
Find more information about Shoal Creek on Austin Kids Hike, this story is from Trail Head #8, 9 and 10.