Trail Closure: South of Shoal Creek Boulevard at Lamar

May 7, 2018  | By Shoal Creek Conservancy

The Shoal Creek Trail is closed from Shoal Creek Boulevard to roughly 24th Street due to massive slope failure and resulting trail damage. Please use Lamar Boulevard sidewalk as a detour. The area is not safe for use by pedestrians or cyclists.

Trail damage just south of Shoal Creek Blvd.

The damage is located just south of the area known as the off-leash dog park parking lot (2631 Shoal Creek Boulevard) and extends roughly 300 feet to the south along the west side of the creek. The trail in this area is no longer passable. To detour around the damaged area, you can use the rock hop “bridge” in the creek just north of 24th Street to detour to the Lamar Boulevard sidewalk.

City of Austin staff are at the site assessing damage and focusing their first response on safety issues, including removal of debris from the creek that could cause flooding downstream in a rain event. The exact cause of the damage and the timeline for repair are not yet known.

We will continue to post updates about the trail repairs on our website and social media. Shown at the bottom of this post are links to news articles about the trail damage.

For more details and additional images, download the May 7, 2018 Memorandum regarding the slope failure from the City of Austin Departments of Watershed Protection and Parks & Recreation to Mayor and City Council.

Fox 7-“City crews assessing damage after Shoal Creek landslide.”

My Statesman-“Landslide along Shoal Creek leaves homeowners facing uncertainty.”

North Austin Patch-“Austin closes Shoal Creek Trail after storm damage.”

Statesman-“Shoal Creek Trail closed until further notice because of heavy flood damage.”

Spectrum News-“Aerial footage shows closeness of homes to storm-damaged Shoal Creek.” 

Spectrum News-“Shoal Creek Trail closed after severe storm damage.”