The Brushy Creek Trail is huge and you can access different parts of it in Round Rock, Cedar Park, and even Leander. But did you know that you can access SIX different playgrounds in a 3 mile stretch of the trail that runs from Round Rock to Cedar Park? You could walk this (with a good jogging stroller), bike, or drive from park to park along the trail. See all 6 playgrounds along the Brushy Creek Trail here.
See All 6 Playgrounds Along the Brushy Creek Trail
1. Shirley McDonald Duck Pond, 4390 Brushy Creek Rd, Round Rock
The Shirley McDonald Duck Pond is a great place to start the trail. There’s a shaded playground and a duck pond that’s great for fishing. The only problem with this park is that there are no bathrooms, and the parking situation is nonexistent at the moment with all the construction going on. This should be resolved eventually, but in the mean time you may have to park in the neighborhood or at the next park (Creekside) and walk down.
2. Creekside Park, 4300 Brushy Creek Rd, Round Rock
Creekside Park has public bathrooms, a shady playground, a pool, and tennis courts. You’ll need a key for the last two, but it’s a great little hidden gem for as far as playgrounds go. My kids also love heading over to the big wall across the trail and playing over there. Watch for snakes on the wall!
3. Olson Meadows
Olson Meadows is always a favorite spot along the trail and my kids spend hours here (mostly NOT on the playground). There is a bathroom, but it’s not for public use (you need a key). A shaded pavilion, picnic tables, and wide open fields make it a perfect picnic spot for large groups. My boys love playing in the little stream and have even had luck catching crawfish here! If you cross the little bridge, you can find even more creek to play in. The playground has a big kids section and a playscape for little ones as well.
4. Champion Park
Bring all the dinosaur lovers to Champion Park (and check out Dinosaur Park sometime too)! There is so much to do here that you could stay all day. And they do have public bathrooms! There are dinosaur structures to climb, a tiny playground (that use to be a splash pad), swings, rock formations to climb, and a giant shaded sand pit where you can dig for dinosaur fossils. Most of the times there are shovels and toys left behind to borrow, but you may want to bring your own, just in case.
5. Brushy Creek Lake Park
Brushy Creek Lake Park is probably the most popular spot along the trail. Many people gather here for parties in the many pavilions. You can rent kayaks here and head out on the water. There’s a bocce ball court, sand volleyball, a splash pad, and a shaded playground. And public bathrooms!
6. Brushy Creek Sports Park
There’s so much to love about Brushy Creek Sports Park! There are public bathrooms, sports fields, a shaded playground, disc golf, a skatepark, and our favorite spot along the trail to hike. You can access the creek easily from here.
So, there you have it: The 6 playgrounds along the Brushy Creek Trail! We have walked to them, biked to them, and just drove our car to them as well. It’s makes for a super fun challenge that lasts the whole day! Just don’t forget to bring plenty of food, water, and sunscreen!