X Marks the Spot LbNA # 15797
|Placed Date||Jun 13 2005|
Located at Emma Long Park (Turkey Creek Trail)
(hiking/leashless dog trail) FREE
1600 City Park Rd. Austin, TX 78730 512-346-1831
The oldest city park in Austin, Emma Long Park is really almost two separate entities: The section along Lake Austin with camping, boat ramps and other amenities and the vast, 1,100-acre green belt that surrounds it. Either one's good for a nice day out.
Emma Long Park is located just east of Capital of Texas Fwy 360 off of 2222. As you head East(approx 1/2 mile) on 2222 from 360 turn left on City Park Road at the stoplight. Almost exactly 5 miles from this spot you will find the parking lot for the hiking/leashless dog trail within Emma Long Park (this portion of the park is free of charge). Enjoy the drive through the hills; catch some great views of downtown Austin and the beautiful homes that are anchored along the hillsides. This is a great 3 mile hike; bring your dogs if you have them. They will love the path and the numerous creek crossings. If it has been raining, bring your creek friendly shoes, you will find some ankle deep water to cross.
You will find "X Marks the Spot" about 3/4's of a mile into the hike. You can judge your distance by the green markers along the way. You will pass the .5 mile marker and then start to pay attention to the trail. Just short of a mile you will find an open area along the creek. Kids and dogs love to take a break in/ near the water to your left and there are some great spots to relax on the boulders. At the 3/4 mile marker there is a map enclosed on a pedestal. Go take a look at it. Have your navigator stand next to the enclosed park map facing into the woods. You will walk into the woods about 17 paces from the trail. Walk over 2 small stumps and look ahead to find a 6 trunked Oak tree. Around the back of the tree on the ground beneath a flat "Texas" shaped rock you will find "X marks the spot". Thanks for stopping by!