Emma Long Metro Park (City Park)
 Austin, TX

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9 miles




City of Austin  |  Xenopus Electronix


Lakeline Trail | Turkey Creek Trail (hiking only)

• Restrooms
• Picnic tables

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Welcome to Emma Long Metro Park Look for this sign at the end of the parking area Emma Long may have some very technical sections, but it also has smooth, winding singletrack ...speaking of technical sections Steps and drops abound at Emma Long The rocky, twisting singletrack of City Park
To give you an idea of some of the drops you will come across Looking back at the drop in the previous photo (photo courtesy of A welcome interlude between Emma Long's more technical features Many of the drops aren't straight shots Be sure to follow the 'Main Loop' signs that dot the Main Loop
For many, the left side is your only option A banked descent leading to... ...the perfect opportunity to dismount (if you choose) A less difficult technical section is always welcome (photo courtesy of Full suspension makes this all the more comfortable (photo courtesy of

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  The trail is a 9 mile singletrack loop that is unidirectional and more technically challenging than most other locations across Texas. It boasts multiple stairstep climbs and descents, rocky terrain, cactus and mesquite and loose limestone fragments that make traction difficult in some locations. Even experienced riders will have to dismount on this course the first time they attempt to ride it. These are motocross trails, so be on the lookout for dirt bikes sharing the trail with you. Unless you are completely absorbed in your ride you should hear them long before you see them, so there should be little problem with getting out of their way if they are on the trail with you. Just watch out.
  The trail is recommended for experienced Intermediate riders and Advanced riders only. The steep climbs are rewarded with some steep and quickly run downhills. The local Ski Shores Restaurant offers some great burgers, ice cold beer and assorted soft drinks to keep you from passing out after completing the ride. Also, as the name implies, the restaurant is on the shores of Lake Austin (the Lower Colorado River) and the water is an incredible way to cool off on those hot Texas summer days after a grueling ride through the Emma Long trails.
~ Deacon(July 2010)


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Last modified: 8 January 2012