Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a beautiful park on the Colorado River in Austin. The scenic drive to the park is worth going, but you’ll want to make a big splash when you get there!
Know Before You Go
Self-pay stations ($5/car Mon-Thur, $10/car on weekends and holidays) DO NOT take cash, so bring a credit card.
Go early, because it’s a busy park, especially on weekends/holidays.
Campsites are on a first-come basis, so plan to arrive early.
All camping in the park is first-come with no reservations.
The offer RV, Electric/Water sites and Primitive Camping sites. We stayed on Labor Day Weekend, and it was VERY full. We primitive camped and had no issue other than the campers next to us were very nice but played music late into the evening. Primitive camping is in the back and the premium sites are near the water, so next time we will probably go with a premium site.
Plenty of big trees to camp under!
Picnic tables by the water and swim area. There are restrooms by swim area.
Pack up the sand toys and water toys, and be ready for lots of fun! My kids NEVER wanted to leave! Go early to avoid the crowds. Wear water shoes and lifejacket for younger and weaker swimmers. Beware of boats on the river.
Turkey Creek Trail is a 2.5 mile, must-do trail just outside of the park, so you actually don’t have to pay the entrance fee to do the trail. It’s a very popular trail, especially for those with dogs, because it’s an off-leash trail! The creek crosses the trail several times, so it’s also a favorite with water-loving dogs! Be prepared for a little mud/water when crossing the creek. No trail maps available at the park, but you can click HERE to see one online.
You can also walk along the park road or shoreline, either is enjoyable.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park
1600 City Park Rd, Austin
Click HERE to visit their website.
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