The Walnut Creek Regional Trail system was proposed by the Parks Department in the late 1990’s as the city’s first regional trail system. The trail will be approximately 20 miles long once complete with starting trailheads at Balcones District Park in northwest Austin and at Govalle Park in southeast Austin. Implementation of the trail system has been divided into multiple phases/sections for planning and construction. More information on the phases completed and those under design or construction can be found below. (Maps provided by Public Works Urban Trails Program)

Walnut Creek Trail overall map

Project Update

Phase 2A of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail began construction in late October 2021. The Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Public Works Urban Trails Program to fund, manage and implement the trail. The 1.3-mile section of 12 foot wide concrete trail continues the existing Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1 with a trailhead in the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, heads east crossing under Lamar Blvd. and ending at Oakbrook Dr.  The project is anticipated to take one year to complete. 

Walnut Creek Trail phase 2a map


Phase 2B will continue the trail from Oakbrook Dr. to I-35. This trail section is under review by Engineers for a recommendation to the city for a final route. Phase 3 of the regional trail project will continue from I-35 to connect to the existing Southern Walnut Creek Trail south of Hwy 290. This phase of the trail project is in design development and is anticipated to begin the permit review process in late 2022. For more information and to see the Preliminary Engineering Report, please visit the Public Works Urban Trails webpage at Walnut Creek Trail System | Open Data | City of Austin Texas


Completed Sections

Southern Walnut Creek Trail – 8.7 miles of trail from Govalle Park to Johnny Morris Rd/Daffan Lane – Completed 2014

Walnut Creek Trail south trail


Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1 and 1A – 3.5 miles of trail from Balcones District Park to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – Completed 2014 Phase 1 and 2019 Phase 1A.

Walnut Creek Trail north

Related Projects

The Public Works Urban Trail Program is also working on trail sections that will connect to the regional trail system.

 Those sections include:

  • The Copperfield Elementary Connector,
  •  The La Loma Trail Connector, and
  • the Austin to Manor Trail system.

For more information you can visit Walnut Creek Trail System | Open Data | City of Austin Texas

Proposed Schedule

Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 2A

  • Construction: Fall 2021 – Fall 2022

Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 2B

  • Planning: Fall 2021-Fall 2022
  • Design and Construction: To be determined after review


For questions on this project, please contact D’Anne Williams.