This piece of the greenway actually begins on the north side of Loop 410 at Los Patios, but the folks at Los Patios don’t want you parking in their lot. You’ll be towed if you do. So, the safe thing to do is to park for free in the Tobin parking lot–south of Loop 410 in between Harry Wurzbach and Starcrest–then walk, jog or bike under the loop. When you’re standing in the Tobin lot facing Loop 410, head diagonally to your left. You may click each of the photos below to enlarge them.
If you’ve never seen skateboarders in action, the Skateboard Park in Lady Bird Johnson Park is the perfect place to witness what they’re all about. Plus, watching them is a nice break before you return to the trail to walk back to Loop 410 (1.5 miles) or continue onward to McAllister Park (another 2.4 miles). The round trip distance between Loop 410 and McAllister Park is 7.8 miles. We met a gentleman along the trail who said he does the almost 8-mile loop on a regular basis.
My husband and I opted to return to Loop 410 as it was getting close to lunch. We dashed over to The Barbecue Station to pick up some sliced brisket to go. Perfect ending to a perfect day!
By the way, check out two more posts I did on the Salado Creek Greenway, from the Robert L.B.Tobin Park to the Oakwell Trailhead and from McAllister Park to Lady Bird Johnson Park.