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Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Alt Names

Oak Shores Drive Motorcycle Trails, Turkey Creek Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This small park offers about 9 miles of trails for motorcycles and mountain bikes. Quads, horseback riding and hiking are prohibited, as are overnight camping and campfires. Almost all of the trails are winding single track with mostly unbanked turns and repeated rock-step climbs. Smaller children or novices may find some of the initial sections a bit of a challenge, but once you get going these trails are fairly tame.

The parking area is huge, with shaded picnic areas and basic restrooms. A kiosk at the entrance has a trail map and regulations for self pay. Nearby Emma Long Park has camping, swimming, hiking and boating opportunities on Lake Austin. The park is open daily from 7am-10pm.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityAustin, TX
AddressOak Shores Drive, Austin, Texas 78730
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From: Austin, TX
1) Take Hwy 360 (Capitol of Texas Hwy) to exit for 2222
2) Turn north off the exit ramp, continue about .5 miles
3) Turn left onto City Park Road, continue 3.7 miles
4) Turn left onto Oak Shores Drive, continue .9 miles
5) Look for a large green sign on the left, turn here and follow to staging area.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandCity Land

RATINGS

Prosall single track trails, beautiful forest, large parking area
Conssmall area, day use only, no camping or campfires
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail9
Climate TypeForest
Elevation650 to 800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Somesome chunk, some rock face
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis city property has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis city property has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis city property has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe city property has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis city property has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis city property has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesTX OHV Decal
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorNoA spark arresting silencer or end cap is not required but is always recommended.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingProhibited
HorsebackProhibited
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksNo Restriction
FirearmsNo Restriction
Emergency / Law EnforcementSome
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(Unknown)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SE)Seton Medical Center (512) 324-1000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Shell
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Shell
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Emma Long Metropolitan Park (512) 346-1831
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)Emma Long Metropolitan Park (512) 346-1831
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)Emma Long Metropolitan Park (512) 346-1831
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (SW)Emma Long Metropolitan Park (512) 346-1831
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Shell
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (SW)Emma Long Metropolitan Park (512) 346-1831
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (SW)Lake Austin
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (SW)Emma Long Metropolitan Park (512) 346-1831

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoAustin Parks And Recreation
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767
(512) 346-1831
(512) 974-2000
www.austintexas.gov
Contact InfoSteve Thompson (OHV Program Manager)
Texas Parks And Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 389-4800
(800) 792-1112
steve.thompson@tpwd.texas.gov
www.tpwd.state.tx.us
CommentTexas OHV Decal Info

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

The trails here are narrow single track throughout.

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Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

There are some stepped rock climbs like this to keep it interesting.

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Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

This is an example of one of the chunkier parts of the trail.  There are many sections similar to this.

Emma Long Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

The parking and staging area for the trails is large and wide.  There is a kiosk with a trail map near the entrance.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

For large portions of the loops, things smooth out considerably.  There are some low hanging branches to watch for.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

There are one or two sections with larger rocks to play on. This one was near the parking lot.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Many of the trails have sort of an abrupt start like this, but the trails themselves are fairly tame and easy overall.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

There are a couple small rock gardens scattered about.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

One of the rockier parts.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Vegetation is a mix of oak, juniper and ash trees.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Terrain example at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

There are some roots to watch out for.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Section of single track.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Some trails do eventually smooth out.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

You can usually bypass the chunkier stuff by looking for the smoother line.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Another example of some of the "rock steps" on the trail.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Some sections look like dry creek beds.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

Amenities at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

This is shaded day use area is located in the northwest corner of the staging area.

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Amenities at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

The restrooms are on the north end of the parking lot.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Some terrain at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Watch out for low hanging trees.

Emma Long Trail Photo

Some terrain at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

Some terrain at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

Some terrain at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

Emma Long Trail Photo

A trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

The trails are mostly rocky but nothing is too over the top.

Emma Long Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Emma Long Metropolitan Park Trail

A view of the main staging area.

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