Emma Long Motocross Park

Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Texas 78710

Distance5.4mi
Elevation Gain30ft
Trailhead Elevation828ft
Top858ft
Elevation Min/Max828/858ft
Elevation Start/End828/858ft

Emma Long Motocross Park

Emma Long Motocross Park is a trail in Austin, Texas. It is within Emma Long Metropolitan Park. It is 5.4 miles long and begins at 828 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 30 feet. Along the trail there are restrooms and parking.

Emma Long Motocross Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is the closest thing to free-riding I’ve found in Texas. A relentless series of steep drops and climbs with plenty of technical maneuvering in between, City Park, as it’s called by the locals, rewards hard work and perseverance with an adrenaline-packed ride—and punishes the lazy or disrespectful with a barrage of nasty endos. Be careful out there. As the name suggests, this place is primarily a motocross course, though on any given day (except for motorace days) the rigs with pedals will outnumber those with throttles.

The trail is very steep and fast, traversing countless limestone ledges, up and down and up and down, skating along ridgelines and bombing through gulleys. The most important skill a rider can have out here is the one that lets you slide your butt off the back of the saddle and maintain control while dropping off rock tables that’ll test the limits of your suspension—and your nerves. Be careful, be careful, have fun, and be careful. Tread: All singletrack."

"This place is terrifying when it’s completely dry, and don’t try it in the rain. I would never consider wearing body armor, but if I did, this would be the place for it. This old motocross loop is one big drop after another, and if you like to shred this may be your place. You’ll be a human missile for about two seconds as you fly off the ledges. Then you’ll be impaled on one the cedar trees, and give the rest of us something to talk about for years.

The braking zones are way too short to give you much leeway—you’ll die if you get stupid. If you have a new full suspension bike and you just can’t seem to find the right place to use it all, well, do I have the ride for you! There are many drops here that exceed three feet, and there are monster downhill screamers that will let you squeeze every inch out of your bike and wrists and spine. If you’re goofy enough to try to fly, you can do it here. Go ahead, get some air; just make sure that you paid your insurance premiums first. This place is deadly serious, and riding it with a carefree attitude might get you hurt. No bull."

"Turkey Creek is the hike for creek lovers and dog lovers. Dogs love to splash in the water as the creek is crossed no less than fourteen times. A number of clear pools along the banks offer more splashing opportunities. A variety of vegetation, including cedar, cedar elm, live oak, and mountain laurel, lines the creek bed.

This is one of only a few trails in the Austin area that allow dogs to be off-leash. The upside is that the dogs, and sometimes their owners, enjoy uninhibited splashing in the creek; the downside is that the opportunity to see wildlife,
other than birds, is rare. Several signs warn hikers to stay on the marked trail, since the area furnishes habitat for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler."

"Emma Long Metropolitan Park, on the shore of Lake Austin, has camping, picnic areas, two boat ramps, a fishing pier, swimming beach, restrooms, and showers. There are restrooms and water fountains in the main park (the entrance booth is another half mile down the road from the trailhead), which has an entrance fee, and dogs must be on leash.

There is no entrance fee at the trailhead, but there are no services, either. This trail is just minutes from the heart of the city, but once you leave the parking area, that is easy to forget. The only sounds you and your dog will hear are the gurgling of Turkey Creek, the breeze through the trees, and birdsong—along with the occasional splashing of a pup who cannot resist a quick swim in the clear water, which flows year-round."

"Turkey Creek is the hike for creek lovers and dog lovers. Dogs who love to splash in the water get ample opportunity, as the creek is crossed no fewer than fourteen times.

A variety of vegetation, including cedar, cedar elm, live oak, and mountain laurel, lines the creek bed. Follow a modest ascent from the creek, leaving the valley, to the top of the bluff, and break into the open sky at the canyon rim."

Emma Long Motocross Park Reviews

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7/10/2009
Great hike very close to Austin. Began just outside park (no fee). Easy hike w easy incline to top. No water in creek at this time. Nicely shaded well managed trails until open at summit. 3.5 hours out and back with some off shoot trail exploring.
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7/15/2007
This trail, since it was built for people with motors, has some parts that are just rediculous. There are alot of ledges and drops, up and down, so the technical difficulty is pretty high. When you are still on your bike though there are some very fun downhills as well as climbs. It definitly shows the landscape of the area and is a nice ride that will always challenge you. Just listen for the motors every once in a while. Thank god its one way
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5/13/2005
This is the only rideable trail in the Austin area when the ground is wet. Don't believe the warning above, the limestone on this trail is generally not slick when wet (except one section). Fun drops and climbs, don't let your attention wander as there have been lots of injuries on this trail.
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Trail Information

Emma Long Metropolitan Park
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Emma Long Metropolitan Park
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Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Austin Parks and Recreation
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NCGS Topo: Austin West 7.5' quad
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