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The Canyonlands

The Canyonlands is the City of Lakeway's newest park. The Canyonlands is a 20 acre tract named for the scenic canyon running through the property. This canyon is the upper reaches of the Rough Hollow Cove, a major arm of Lake Travis.

The scenery of the canyon from the overlooks is breathtaking. In late fall, the foliage is spectacular with shades of yellow, gold, brown, orange, and red. Early spring brings a new riot of color as the new leaves sprout out on the deciduous trees in the canyon.

Trail signs along the way include QR codes.  This state of the art technology will enable hikers to use their smart phones to access information about their location on the trail.

A Gift To The City
The new Canyonlands Park is made possible by generous gift to the City by the Lakeway MUD. The donation of this area was one of the most important factors in Texas Parks and Wildlife's decision to award the City a $500,000 grant toward the construction of the Swim Center Park.

Under the provisions of the grant, the Canyonlands must remain a natural area. Nature trails, benches, and other limited improvements are permitted, however no major improvements in the Canyonlands tract itself are permitted. Biological surveys have found no endangered species or habitat on the property.

Overview Of The Canyonlands
Friends of the Parks volunteers have built an access trail, a rim trail, and a trail into the canyon. The trail head to the Canyonlands is on the west side of Trophy Drive across from the Swim Center Park. Parking is available in the Swim Center Park parking lot. Entrance to Canyonlands is the .25 mile Access Trail, which crosses City and MUD property.

Once on the Canyonlands property itself, the Rim Trail takes the hiker to the overlooks and vistas of the Canyon. The Canyon Trail then descends into the Canyon.

In the Canyon you will find two small ponds. The ponds are usually dry in the summer months, however in the wetter months the ponds are full. In the fall, migrating ducks make frequent stops on these ponds.

Visiting The Canyonlands
During especially wet months, walk softly and quietly along the rim trail and listen for the tumbling water in the creek below. As the sound of the water grows louder, the you are beckoned to a roaring waterfall deep in the canyon, below the lower pond. Be especially careful in wet weather because the trail can be slick and dangerous.

The Rim Trail and its grand vistas are easily navigated with minimal physical exercise. The Canyon Trail requires greater physical effort. The Canyon Trail is narrower and presents stepper grades, however this trail is well graded, marked, and easily conquered.

No special hiking equipment is necessary on any of the Canyonlands trails, however you are advised to wear good walking or hiking shoes and to take special care on the steeper sections. In the warmer months, carrying water is strongly advised. Dogs are permitted, however leashes are required; remember to bring a Poop bag for your pet!

Always take special care in the Canyonlands. Do not move rocks or boulders near the trail; the rocks were placed in a special position to control erosion on the trail. Enjoy the views, but please stay well back from cliffs and overlooks.