Balcones District Park has a perfect hike for kids of all ages. I love bringing my toddler to this park. We like to start at the playground and then make our way to the open field just before the hike. If we feel like more adventuring, we continue along the trail (it loops back to the park).
The new playground is finished and we loved getting to finally play on it! They did a fantastic job of appealing to kids of all ages. There’s so much more to explore here now!
Just beyond the playground is the start of the trail. It takes you down into a dry creek bed and then back up a rocky hill to a big open field. We have spent countless hours just playing here in the field and not even continuing the hike, but you can find the rest of the trail just beyond the field.
The trail continues just past the field. You make your way through a forest and it feels like you are going downhill at a slight slant.
Once you end up at the bottom of the hill, the trail is paved. We always turn right to loop back to the park and our car.
If there has been abundant rain recently, you will find the creek running alongside the trail. When we went, there were only large puddles left. It was enough to catch tadpoles and minnows and tiny frogs with our nets, though!
In conclusion, this is an easy, simple hike that is even partially paved. It’s particularly lovely after there has been some rains. However, even if it’s mostly dry, it’s still a fun hike. The park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, and a pool. It’s also just down the street from another one of our favorite parks, Schroeter Park!
Austin Active Kids Opinion
This is one of our favorite hikes for younger kids and toddlers.
Don’t forget to wear your water shoes to this one just in case the water is flowing! Bring little nets for catching tadpoles/minnows. Bring towels if you swim in the waterfall or wade through the creek.
Balcones District Park Outing Time
Between playing on the playground, frolicking in the field, hiking the trail, and searching for tadpoles and frogs, we spent about 2 hours here. On days when the water is flowing, you can swim near the waterfall and spend even more time here splashing around!
Balcones District Park Location
12017 Amherst Dr, Austin
7 a.m. – 10 p.m.