Commons Ford Lake Austin Loop

Austin, Texas

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This 215-acre underutilized park is great for families and beginning hikers. The short trail follows a robust creek, a line of towering pecan trees, and cliffs along the shores of Lake Austin, which is actually the Colorado River. Watch for turtles in the creek. The water and vegetation also furnish good habitat for birds; more than 120 species have been sighted in the park. Start this hike, also known as the Pecan Grove Loop, on the north side of the park road and follow an unnamed creek on the right (east) that heads north and empties into Lake Austin. The area around the trailhead is notable due to the large number of mature live oak trees that adjoin it. Rem- nants of a fence can be seen east of the creek. Very large live oaks, interspersed with a few sycamores, are scattered on both sides of the trail.

Commons Ford: Lake Austin Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This 215-acre underutilized park is great for families and beginning hikers. The short trail follows a robust creek, a line of towering pecan trees, and cliffs along the shores of Lake Austin, which is actually the Colorado River. Watch for turtles in the creek. The water and vegetation also furnish good habitat for birds; more than 120 species have been sighted in the park.

Start this hike, also known as the Pecan Grove Loop, on the
north side of the park road and follow an unnamed creek
on the right (east) that heads north and empties into Lake
Austin. The area around the trailhead is notable due to the
large number of mature live oak trees that adjoin it. Rem-
nants of a fence can be seen east of the creek. Very large
live oaks, interspersed with a few sycamores, are scattered
on both sides of the trail."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Best Times: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: NCGS Topo: Bee Cave 7.5' quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Commons Ford: Lake Austin Loop

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