Lakeway, TX, USA: Parks & Trails
Thanks to a generous donation from Jack and Myrtle Hamilton, the Hamilton Greenbelt opened in April 1990. Several improvements and additions over the years have resulted in a first class trail network. Thanks to the donation of additional land and funds from Coleman and Mary Smith, an easement from the Lakeway Municipal Utilities District and countless hours of volunteer services, the Hamilton Greenbelt trail network, including Smith Greenbelt and Hurst Creek Preserve, now offers several miles of both developed and primitive trails that wander along Hurst and Yaupon Creeks. These areas are fabulous places for family outings, walks and jogs or a bike ride.
Most of the Greenbelts showcase the scenic hill country natural steams: Hurst and Yaupon Creeks. These creeks feature many waterfalls, native ferns, and other natural features. There are many native trees, shrubs, and grasses including a rare American Elm Tree. The back section of Hamilton Greenbelt II is dominated by high cliffs overlooking Hurst Creek, Lake Travis and City Park. Volunteers have built an Overlook structure on a high cliff in Hamilton Greenbelt II with spectacular views of Hurst Creek and Lake Travis. The Overlook is a place of solitude, an excellent location for meditation. In a remote location near the high cliff is a small depression; in wet weather the depression fills with water and becomes a small pond. With the submerged tree trunks, this pond resembles a swamp, similar to the swamps of East Texas, unfamiliar to the Texas Hill Country landscape.
The Hurst Creek area teems with wild water foul such as Great Blue Herons and Mallards.
The two main trailheads provide parking for access the Hamilton Greenbelts. The entrance off of Lohmans Crossing at Cross Creek (across from the Justice Center) leads you to Hamilton Greenbelt I. The entrance off of Palos Verdes Drive leads you to Hamilton Greenbelt II. Other access points include trailheads off Sailmaster Street, Squires Drive and Clubhouse Drive.