Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Emma Long Metropolitan Park
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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This park sits at the edge of Lake Austin and features a beautiful beach, volleyball nets and plenty of lounging spots.
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Michael V
Austin, TX6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Emma Long is a little gem hidden in the heart of Austin hills. We camped alongside the Colorado for a week and might have been in the wilderness. The hikes were easy, dog friendly and pretty. Ablutions are somewhat scant and far from the camping area though. Highly recommend this hidden little gem.
Written 30 November 2019
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flowerpickle
Austin, TX28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Our first time ever staying over the weekend with our RV , jet ski and dog. We had a blast was too cold and windy all weekend but we already booked our next stay. Very clean friendly staff clean best view ever.
Written 14 April 2019
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Gwynn C
Austin, United States35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Emma Long Metropolitan Park is my HOME PARK... I live about 3 miles from it and it's where we put in our boat. Plenty of room to maneuver your boat & trailer, one tree that you can fight to park under with the rest of the boaters and 2 wide enough ramps to back down.

Restrooms are "quasi-clean", depends on whether you come right after a BIG holiday or in the very busy summer months. I've always found them to have toilet paper and that's a WIN in my books.

Grounds need to be spruced up but it is a big park. You can camp (primitive or camper), lots of big ole Texas trees for shade along the banks of the lake (this part is Lake Austin but really its the Colorado River) and picnic - plenty of tables.

Avoid the park on major sunny holidays or during the summer... the park gets full and they do shut it down - not allowing any more cars to enter the park. I know cause there's a traffic jam at the intersection where you must turn around - just so happens to be the intersection going to my house!

Best time to visit is during the week between 7 am - 4 pm (not in the summer)... about 4 pm the water ways gets crowded when folks get off work. It's peaceful, relaxing and you can actually hear birds, squirrels and possible some of the deer.

You do have to pay as you enter the park. There's a live human most days but do have a parking kiosk where you can get your ticket.

Enjoy the park. Pack out what you take in and only leave footprints in the dirt or grass and please remember there are folks who live on the road you travel to get into the park so drive slowly.
Written 27 August 2018
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AthensNikita
Austin, TX107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We camped at Emma Long this weekend.

Pros:

1. Sites are cheap, and some of them are beautiful. It's worth scoping them out before you book, though, because there's a fair amount of diversity in setting, amperage, etc.
2. Great setting, with gently sloping lake bottom. So, great for swimmers of all abilities.
3. The water is cold! Like, definitely below 80. It felt great in the 100-degree weather.

Cons:
1. Staff were pleasant. When I saw them. But there did not appear to be any at night at all. How do I know this? When we arrived around 8 there was a Lexus parked in our camping spot, making it impossible to park the camper. We called the 311 number, and they called us back the next day. In the meantime we did our best and diidn't strangle the Lexus dude when he came back to his car and lied to us about thinking it was his buddy's spot. The next night we were joined by some folks with lighting kits and a disco setup, which they were still running when we went to bed around midnight. As we drove by the beach around 10, there were tons of people in the water. So, seriously, can't you staff one dude to tell people the beach is closed and enforce quiet hours?
2. It didn't seem like there were enough staff, either. Sure, I saw a game warden in his car, and I saw a truck with a Travis Co. logo on it with clipboard-wielding, uniform-wearing people inside it. But the bathrooms were trashed in the morning. There was trash literally everywhere, including bottle caps from (forbidden) glass bottles. We were kind of near the overflow camping parking -- it exists! Despite the fact that lots of people just camped wherever they wanted to, and as many cars as they wanted to at their sites. But the overflow (past a sign that supposedly restricts the area to overnight guests) was full of day users fishing and swimming.
3. The check-in process is silly. You gotta use an electronic self-pay station for the day use fee, which you can't reach from your car window. But see an actual employee in the pay station for camping.
Altogether, nice location and not bad camping. But it needs about double the staff, to limit bad behavior by patrons.
Written 19 August 2018
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Kim L
Austin, TX162 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
While the (free) hiking trails are a lovely escape just minutes from downtown Austin, the (paid) park grounds are quickly going downhill.

I have camped there twice in the last month with 2 different Scout groups and I was embarrassed both times by the vulgar language and music with explicit lyrics being spouted by other park patrons. I reported the loud (vulgar) music to the park rangers on one occasion, but don't know if they did anything. They didn't seem concerned.

Aside from the loud music and vulgar language used by other people in the park (which I admit is something that many state parks and other locations face), the garbage at Emma Long Park is atrocious! I've seen some trash in state parks, but Emma Long is awful! There are cigarette butts everywhere, along with bottle caps at every step. These aren't the discarded trash items from careless children, but detritus from adults who think of this park as the armpit of Austin, in spite of the trash cans every 20 feet.

It's a real shame because it used to be a lovely place for families to go for a weekend picnic, camping trip, even holiday. While the part of the park that you pay for is now hosed, ironically, the part of the park that is free (the trails, accessed by the trailhead just before the pay station) is really quite lovely! I had the opportunity to explore the hiking trails with a Scout group and we enjoyed the chellenges of the trails and were assisted by friendly hikers when we were directionally challenged. The trail signs could be improved and printed maps aren't available, but aside from that, it's a gem in the city of Austin.

Why 2 stars? I'd give it one, but the hiking trails improve the average. I will not camp there again if I can help it. :/
Written 17 June 2018
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Liz H
Austin, TX24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
We spent two nights RV camping at the utility sites at Emma Long Metropolitan Park. The camping area is beautiful. We were in a waterfront site and there was so much to watch, boats, jet ski's, people fishing. The sites were quite short but they were wide enough to park your car next to your trailer. Although overall we had a good time, the staff need to do more to enforce the rules of how many cars and people at each site. One site opposite us had 6 cars parked over Saturday night and they were noisy until 11.30. The site next to us were celebrating their birthday and had invited friends to visit - approximately 6 cars and about 12 extra people who stayed all day. We saw staff just once during our visit on Saturday morning, checking that we had a reservation.
Written 21 May 2018
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Mamitxoh
Amman, Jordan315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Friends
So glad to see so many nature enthusiasts enjoying this great place. By 9:30 on a Sunday morning in July (just before the Tuesday 7/4 holiday), it was already hot and surprisingly humid, and the parking lot was full and cars were overflowing onto the street. Lots of dogs and their people were on the trail -- some on leashes, others free to roam. Many were even already finishing up their hikes, most of them pretty sweaty. We soon joined them despite the mostly shaded trail.

Helpful park signs at the trail head focus on two things: the golden-cheeked warblers that make this habitat home and the importance of hikers' cleaning up after their dogs. Both were good to watch out for. Though I understand people would not want to carry a full doggie bag along the hike, we didn't want to step on one of those bags the owners intended to pick up on their way out.

We were among the few without dogs and we seemed to be the only birders looking for warblers. Happily, we did see one amid a foraging flock of chickadees, titmice, and wrens, despite the fairly late date. Given the height of most of the trees and the mostly obstructed views, we were lucky to see the birds as well as we did. Next time I'm looking for the species, I might choose a different location, and would either avoid a weekend or get there very early.
Written 9 July 2017
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Liza S
Austin, TX9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
We camped here over Easter weekend. We reserved two sites. On Friday the campground was extremely crowded with over booked sites. We ended up having to put all of our friends (8 total) on one site, because other campers were on half of the second site we reserved.
Pros
The site we all shared was large and water front. There is curbside trash pick up which is nice. The campsites were clean.

Cons
-The cliff side campsites were small and sloped
-The leash rule is not enforced on small dogs. We had seven different small dogs from other sites antagonizing our dogs and chasing/growling at us all weekend. They also would come into our site and snatch our food despite reminding their owners of the leash rule.
- overcrowding. We left early on Easter due to the crowds. The park closed the gates at some point to more cars coming in for the day park, but people were parking along the road and walking in. The bathrooms were disgusting from not being able to accommodate this many people in the park. Also, there were unleashed small dogs squatting on the floors of the bathroom! There was trash everywhere in the day park and people smoking (also against the rules) lit cigarette butts were just dropped on the ground. The park staff seemed overwhelmed, but were doing their best.

Maybe this park is better when it's not a holiday weekend. I wouldn't camp there again on a holiday though.
Written 4 May 2017
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Rebeski
Saint Louis, MO72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
A great place to hike & talk! Not too terribly difficult, so it's a nice leisurely hike. Dogs can run loose & the stream is nice to wade through to wash your feet off if you're like me & always wearing Chacos :) Definitely recommend!
Written 18 April 2017
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David G
Austin, Texas, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Friends
What I love about this place is that the river is right there and anyone is able to jump in! Coming here with family or friends is what made me love this spot, highly recommend anyone trying to just come or camp to come here.
Written 3 April 2017
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