Walnut Creek Trail System

The Austin Public Works Urban Trails Program is currently developing the Walnut Creek Trail System. Once completed, this 19-mile trail network will connect the Govalle Neighborhood Park in East Austin to the Balcones District Park in North Austin, along with many other parks, neighborhoods and landmarks along Walnut Creek.  Two sections of the Walnut Creek Trail System are being developed through the 2016 Mobility Bond

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Join the Urban Trails Program for a project update about Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 3 (IH-35 to Southern Walnut Creek Trail).
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This meeting includes a short presentation, followed by an open house discussion with the project team where community members can ask questions and learn more.

Trail Network Limits

Walnut Creek Trail System

Walnut Creek Trail System Overview

The Urban Trails Program identified the Walnut Creek Trail Network as a high priority project in the 2014 Urban Trails Plan. This trail network includes:
• Southern Walnut Creek Trail (Govalle Park to Johnny Morris Road/Daffen Lane)
• Northern Walnut Creek Trail:
  • Section 1: Northern Walnut Creek Trail (Balcones District Park to MoPac)
  • Section 2: Northern Walnut Creek Trail (Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park to IH-35)
  • Section 3: Northern Walnut Creek Trail (Connection between Southern and Northern Walnut Creek Trails)

Walnut Creek Trail Network Projects

Southern Walnut Creek Trail
The Southern Walnut Creek Trail opened in 2014 and is Austin’s first Urban Trail. The trail extends from Govalle Park and to the Walnut Creek Sports Park at Johnny Morris Road and Daffan Lane. See hours and recreational information for Southern Walnut Creek Trail here.
Austin Parks and Recreation Department began working towards the Southern Walnut Creek Trail two decades ago. It connects to multiple neighborhoods and landmarks including Govalle Park, The YMCA at Hwy 183, Davis White Park, Walnut Creek Greenbelt, The Austin Tennis Center at the Walnut Creek Sports Park and the Austin to Manor Trail.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 1: Balcones District Park to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 1 is located between Balcones District Park and Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. The majority of this project is complete, and Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 1 between Mopac and Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park was opened to the public in 2015.The remaining portion of Section 1(between Balcones District Park to Mopac) is planned to be completed by fall 2019.

Project limits for Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 1
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 2: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park to IH-35
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 2 is located between Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park to IH-35 and is currently under development. This section consists of a new 1.7 mile-long segment along the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. Once completed, Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 2 will connect to Section 1. 
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 2 project limits
Anticipated Timeline
  • Planning Phase: Winter 2010-Fall 2013
  • Design Phase: Winter 2019-Fall 2020
  • Construction: Winter 2020-Spring 2023
Project Process
The project team has reached out to the community throughout the development of Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 2. The team has hosted three public meetings.
  • Planning Meetings: The project team hosted two planning meetings for this project in 2014.
  • Public Meeting: April 11, 2017: The project team hosted a public meeting to provide updates on Section 2. View the meeting presentation from the April 2017 public meeting.
Project Funding
  • $2.5M from the 2016 Mobility Bond
  • $1.5M from a TxDOT Grant
  • $1,016,000 from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
The Urban Trails Program is working to identify additional funding for this project.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 3: IH-35 to Southern Walnut Creek Trail
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 3 will connect Northern Walnut Creek Trail at IH-35 to Southern Walnut Creek Trail. This approximately 8-mile segment is currently under development. 
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 3 project limits
Project Process
The Urban Trails Program is currently developing a preliminary engineering report for Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 3. This report shows the recommended route for this section of the trail. It also lists project considerations like environmental concerns, wildlife, nearby property ownership, and more. The report is expected to be completed in fall 2019.
There are no design or construction funds allocated for this project, but having a plan ready allows the City to move forward quickly, if funding is identified.
Public Meeting: August 14, 2018: The project team hosted the first public meeting to get community feedback for the Preliminary Engineering Report. View the meeting presentation from the first Section 3 public meeting.
Project Funding

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