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It's a new eight-to-ten-feet-wide concrete shared-use trail along the North Fork of Brushy Creek that will extend for approximately three miles. The planned trail will start near the intersection of west Parmer Lane (Farm to Market Road (FM) 734) and east Whitestone Boulevard (Ranch to Market Road (RM) 1431) and proceed south along Brushy Creek, to connect with the regional trail system near Brushy Creek Road.
View an Interactive Map to see the planned trail route.
The Brushy Creek North Fork Trail has been planned for a number of years. It originally was shown in the Cedar Park 2010 Hike and Bike Trails Master Plan as a proposed trail route. A more recent recommendation from the Parks Art Community Enrichment Board's Hike and Bike Subcommittee helped this project gain momentum and it was submitted in 2017 to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)'s Call for Projects in 2017, from which it was selected for funding. The PACE Board dissolved in 2022.
Design for the project began in late 2019. The project was slowed due to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, design is once again underway and construction is anticipated to start in early 2023. Timeline for completion is to be decided.
Construction is planned to begin early in 2023. We will have a better idea of the construction timeline once we have plans completed and a contractor selected to build the project. We estimate construction, once commenced, will take between 10 to 16 months.
Some areas of the trail route offer more flexibility than others regarding trail placement. We are able (and in many places do) build trails in the floodplain. Much of this trail is anticipated to be built in the floodplain, however we cannot build a trail in the floodway. The floodway is the channel of a river or stream and the adjacent land where floodwaters will be deepest and move the fastest. It must remain free from development so that a 100-year flood can be conveyed.
In some areas (such as near Walsh Glen Drive) there is very limited space between the floodway and the existing properties, which provides us with little-to-no flexibility on trail placement. Additionally, ownership and easement locations as well as topography must be taken into account when considering trail alignment.
The Brushy Creek North Fork Trail page will remain active throughout the remainder of the project and will be periodically updated with news and information. So stay tuned here!