This morning, we went to Blunn Creek Greenbelt. What a gem! The greenbelt connects Little Stacy Park and Big Stacy Park in the lovely Travis Heights neighborhood (right off of Riverside Drive near IH-35).
We arrived around 9:30 a.m. at Little Stacy Park. The address is 1400 Alameda Drive, Austin, TX, 78704. The park has a wading pool, playscape, tennis courts, and restrooms.
Interestingly, the restrooms are more than purely utilitarian. The open area in the middle of the structure was intended for performances and games, as described by Michael Barnes in this Untold Austin column.
The trail begins in the southwest corner of the park, near the intersection of East Side Drive and Sunset Lane. To get to the trail, you have to cross a narrow street bridge that is part of East Side Drive. This tripped me up for a few minutes but then we were on our way. The trail meanders through the greenbelt, following alongside Blunn Creek. On occasion, you will have to cross neighborhood streets. You will also see many walking paths and other offshoots from the trail. There are not trail markers or maps, so I recommend having your cell phone’s map application handy. You will encounter many friendly neighborhood folks and their canine companions. I’m sure you can get directions if needed (like we did).
In about 1 1/2 hours, we covered the whole trail from Little Stacy Park to Big Stacy Park and back. (We were strolling along and taking our time. I’m sure the distance could be covered more quickly.) Along the way, we encountered many of the small joys that make a child scream with delight: tadpoles in the creek, a crowing rooster at Travis Heights Elementary’s chicken coop, a beautiful oak tree to climb, and this fossil in the limestone creek bed:
We also saw this huge grub, which I would have been happy to have avoided. Unsurprisingly, my 6-year-old son found the grub completely fascinating. Blech.
We took our border collie along and she found much to enjoy, like other friendly dogs as well as completely unthreatened neighborhood squirrels.
To learn more about Blunn Creek Greenbelt, check out this Austin Explorer post.
Austin Active Kids Opinion: Give this neighborhood gem a try!
Outing Time: About 1.5 hours
Distance Covered: About 1.5 miles or less (round trip)
Reminders: Pack water and light snacks. Also take your cell phone so you can check GPS if you get turned around. Nearby street signs are easily visible from the trail so you can re-orient yourself, if necessary.