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 that is an major arm of Lake
Travis to the west of the City. The scenery of the canyon from the overlooks along the rim trail is truly breathtaking,
on a par with other great vistas in the State of Texas. In late fall, the fall 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. From the overlooks along the Rim Trail many different shades of lime greens behold.
Sunsets from the overlooks are awesome anytime of the year!
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The new Canyonlands park is the result of a generous gift to the City by the Lakeway MUD. The donation of this
important natural 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 as a natural area in perpetuity. 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. Friends of the Parks volunteers have built an
access trail, a rim trail, and a trail into the canyon itself.
The trail head to the Canyonlands is located 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 attained
via the .25 mile Access Trail, which transverses City and MUD property. Again, the City is grateful to
the Lakeway MUD for granting easements across its property for the Access and Rim Trails. Once on the
Canyonlands property itself, the Rim Trail takes the hiker to spectacular overlooks and vistas of the Canyon.
The Canyon Trail descends into the Canyon to offer a new, different, and exciting type of splendor. In the
Canyon the visitor will find two small ponds. The ponds are usually dry in the summer months, however in
the wetter months the ponds are full and treat the visitor to a special peace and tranquility. In the fall
migrating ducks make frequent stops on these ponds. During especially wet months, walk softly and quietly
along the rim trail, listen for the tumbling water in the creek below. As the sound of the water grows louder, t
he visitor is beckoned to a roaring waterfall deep in the canyon, below the lower pond.
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 visitors are advised to wear good walking or hiking shoes; 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, this land is a special gift
from nature. 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. In wet weather be
especially careful because the trail can be slick and dangerous.
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