Lakeway, TX, USA: Parks & Trails
Looking West from bend in Hurst Creek
Looking South from the Point in City Park
Hurst Creek Waterway & Natural Area
Hurst Creek is not an official park, however the unindated Hurst Creek Arm of Lake Travis is a park in it own right because of its tranquil waters and scenic natural beauty. This park is bounded by Lakeway City Park, Hamilton Greenbelts, and a private park for most of its distance; these natural areas serve to protect the serene and natural environment. The waters of Hurst Creek are a very special place for Lake Travis and the City of Lakeway. Most of the shoreline of Lake Travis is filled with unsightly boat docks and other structures that destroy the natural beauty of the lake. There are few places on Lake Travis where the shoreline maintains its natural beauty without intrusion of residential and commercial development or boat docks and marinas. The surrounding parks that enclose Hurst Creek ensures that the waters in the Hurst Creek Cove of Lake Travis will maintain this natural setting in perpetuity.
The Hurst Creek Natural Area is best experienced by kayak on the water or other human powered watercraft. Viewing this natural area by mechanically driven watercraft would destroy the natural setting of the environment in this waterway. This water park begins at Lakeway City Park and follows Hurst Creek upstream to the Blue Hole; described in another page elsewhere in this website. Following the inundated waters of Hurst Creek upstream; this park is best enjoyed when the lake is full or near full. Hurst Creek Park first traverses south and then turns west under a very scenic high cliff. Above the cliff is the Overlook, with its panoramic views of Hurst Creek and Hamilton Greenbelt II; the Overlook is described elsewhere in this website. In the evening hours, the reflections of the water of Hurst Creek on to the white limestone cliff create a surreal scene. Further upstream the waters of Hurst Creek then pass the confluence of Yaupon Creek with Hurst Creek before continuing west toward the Blue Hole.
Along the shores are abundant wild water fowl, including the spectacular Great Blue Herons. In the spring, Hurst Creeks teems with jumping bass.
Kayaks, canoes, and other non-motorized watercraft are easily launched at Lakeway City Park for access to this water park. There are additional waters of Hurst Creek to the north of Lakeway City Park toward the confluence of Hurst Creek with Lake Travis, however this area is more developed and less scenic. Hurst Creek to the north is also more open, less protected from high waves, with considerable powerboat traffic.