Welcome to Austin’s Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – or as I like to call it, Wonderland. These pictures do little to capture its magnificence. The park covers a whopping 293 acres of woods, clearings, creeks, and trails, approximately half of which is off-leash for dogs. Cin and I go exploring here about weekly. We still haven’t covered the whole park, but we’ve finally found a good route that works well. It can get a little tricky with so many trails, and there are a lot of social trails, most of which dead-end, plus some of the official trials look like social trails, and others run into less-than functional water crossings. But we’ve got it down now.
The first time we visited this park, I was in total awe. We went wandering all over the place, and I was sure I had found Wonderland. It has such a variety of landscapes, and even in the winter, with so many of the trees bare, it is incredibly beautiful. It is a little out of town, but still well within the bustle of the city, and it’s amazing to get lost in such a huge wilderness when you’re still in a city. It reminds me of a park in Seattle that a friend had nicknamed “City Hike”.
Just another reason I feel fortunate to be where I am :)