FREE Hike: Shoal Creek at Pease Park

Growing Up Austin - Austin Kids Hike - Shoal Creek

This post is part of the FREE Hike of the Week series, brought to you by There are a thousand places to hike in Austin on any given day, most of which are always free, but here is a handy reminder about one favorite. Visit for more kid-friendly hikes and for tips on hiking with kids. A summer tip – early morning and after dinner are the best times to beat the heat!

This spot has a lot to offer: a playground, restrooms and wide, mostly flat trails that are stroller friendly. It is a bit tricky to find. From the stop light at Lamar and Parkway, just north of 12th street and near Austin Java, take Parkway going west. Parkway veers right just after Baylor St., then dead ends at Pease Park, with parking available. (Austin Java is also a great place to stop for an after-hike treat.)

Stroller friendly: yes

Restrooms: yes

Water: yes, there is water, but it is stagnant in places, so we don’t wade or swim here

Pease ParkParkway & Kingsbury Street

Austin, TX 78703

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Heidi Gollub
Heidi Gollub is the founder of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages four to 16–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and shares content with the local news.  Recently, Heidi was a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.