During the summer months, there's no better place to spend your day than somewhere in the great outdoors. Texans have parted ways with gloomy, cold weather as of late, so there's truly no better time than now to visit a park, pool, or anything else that involves fixing awkward tan lines. Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park in Austin is a hidden gem in the middle of ATX that's perfect for a stroll, a dip, and playtime with your pup.

Austin, Texas, is home to Walnut Creek Metro Park, a place where you and your furry friend are always welcome.

When taking a walk through it, you'll run into cliffside trails, flowing springs of water, wildlife, and much more.

If you don't have a dog to bring but wish you did, don't worry, the number of animals you'll see on your trip will likely fill that void in your heart.

Swimming, biking, sports such as volleyball and softball, and much more can be enjoyed here. In fact, you may even see a BMX biker or two.

The park is home to many trails, most of which are considered easy and therefore perfect for all levels of experience.

Walnut Creek Park Short Loop, Walnut Creek Trail, and Big Walnut Creek Loop are some favorites.

Thrillseekers might enjoy Northern Walnut Creek Trail or Walnut Creek Metro Loop a bit more. Both are considered "moderate" and pose a slightly more challenging trek.

Whether you're visiting the park solo, with your dog, or with a friend, everyone who comes out will enjoy their day here in nature.

After all, a hidden gem like this will likely have fewer people visiting, which means more room to explore for you.

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

Price: Free

Address: 12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX

Why You Need To Go: You'll have a splendid day outdoors enjoying cool springs and extraordinary trails.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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