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Explore the Many Walking Trails and Creeks in Leander, TX


Deerbrooke residents get to enjoy wide-open green spaces and many on-site trails with gorgeous views of the Texas Hill Country.

However, sometimes it’s fun to go exploring, and there are so many beautiful, peaceful walking trails in Leander, TX to discover as well as beautiful creeks within nature preserves and parks.

Top Walking Trails in Leander, TX

While there are countless trails in the area, these are the top four walking trails in Leander, TX, according to, that are family-friendly, great for hiking, running or just enjoying nature.

Cactus Rocks Trail is a moderate, 1-mile-loop walking trail near Leander, TX that offers the chance to see wildlife. Used primarily for hiking, trail running, and bird watching, it’s accessible year-round. The trail is short and narrow, but well defined and is located in the Warbler Vista area of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Highlights include large rock formations and the opportunity to spot the endangered, golden-cheeked warbler bird. Leave your dog at home when you visit, as this trail does not allow dogs and has some areas with loose footing.

Williamson Park Nature Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop walking trail located near Leander, TX. The trail features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. There are a number of activity options offered, but it is best used from April until September. Dogs on leashes are welcome to use this trail.

Vista Knoll Loop is a 0.9-mile loop, moderate walking trail near Leander, TX which is primarily used for hiking and has year-round accessibility. Hikers can enjoy scenic views of Lake Travis, varied terrain and wildlife. Unlike the Cactus Rocks trail, there are no interpretive markers along the route. It is, however, a nice trail to hike, with changes from open to wooded areas and great views of Lake Travis in the distance. Because this is an NWR, no pets, bikes, or off-trail exploring are allowed. Park hours are sunrise-sunset.

Vista Knoll and Ridgeline Loop Via Cactus Rocks Trail is a 3.1 mile loop, lightly trafficked walking trail located near Leander, TX that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running and birding, and is accessible year-round.

Creeks in Leander, TX

 One of the most well known creeks in Leander, TX runs through Brushy Creek Regional Trail—an important commuting corridor that links neighborhoods, shopping areas, parks and workplaces in the northern suburbs of Austin.  There are two separate sections that total just over 10 miles.

Leander future development includes plans to fill in the gap between the two segments and extend the trail to a total of 30 miles. For a trail map, click here.  Leander city officials are focused on lengthening the Brushy Creek Regional Trail from Round Rock to Devine Lake Park in Leander.

Additional Leander Future Development

To meet the demand of Leander’s growing population and residents’ desire for a high quality of life, city leaders have appropriated funds to purchase and plan new parks, as well as build additions to existing parks and trails. The trails provide opportunities for socialization, improving fitness levels by offering more active lifestyle opportunities, and helping to build a sense of community.

One project planned for Leander future development is called Northline.  Northline is set to be a mixed-use development with an urban town center for the city with parks, walkable shopping, dining and housing on approximately 115 acres against the south side of San Gabriel Parkway between US 183 and Toll 183A.


Leander is a quickly growing community and it’s no wonder why. With its beautiful scenery, tranquil vistas, and quick access to surrounding cities, it’s the perfect location to have the best of all worlds. Residents enjoy quick commutes, easy access to relaxing natural landscapes, and all the cultural sophistication a big city offers — whether that’s taking in a downtown restaurant or a local sporting event.


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