Looking for a way to enjoy this beautiful "winter" we're having? Here are just some of the best hiking spots in Austin!
Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail (Lady Bird Lake)
Lady Bird Lake is the place to be if you want to see what Downtown Austin has to offer from the lake. The 10-mile loop includes a sampling of numerous parks along the way and a beautiful view of the Downtown Skyline.
Turkey Creek Trail - 1401-1711 City Park Road
With a moderate difficulty level, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and still feel like you got a solid workout! The trail is 3 miles with pathways crossing over creek beds making it the purrfect place to let your pups swim!
St. Edwards Park - 7301 Spicewood Springs Road
This is one of the quieter parks in Austin which is a huge plus in my opinion! You can actually get out and clear your head while enjoying the beautiful views of Bull Creek, waterfalls and one of the largest cactus patches in Austin. This trail is 3 miles long with a moderate challenge level.
River Place Nature Trail - 8820 Big View Drive
Bring a towel because you're going to sweat! Enjoy this 6-mile trail through the Hill Country Woods filled with inclines and stairs that will make even the fittest burn. This is another dog-friendly park so bring your pups!
Violet Crown Trail - 4970 W HWY 290
Violet Crown Trail was set to be the first trail system in Central Austin. After 15 years of planning, the first 6-mile segment is now open! Violet Crown passes near Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and winds through the rolling countryside making this one of the most beautiful natural settings in Austin!
Southern Walnut Creek Trail - Johnny Morris Road and Govalle Park
Located in the Walnut Creek Greenbelt of East Austin, Southern Walnut Creek Trail is the perfect spot for those who love to enjoy beautiful scenery while getting a killer hike in. The trails are over 7-miles long making it great for walking, running, and biking. The southern portion of the trail connects to an extension that runs another 7-miles to Manor!
Shoal Creek Trail - 2600 North Lamar Boulevard
This 3.7-mile trail is the perfect spot for an impromptu workout. Trail seekers can enjoy a mix of urban and natural scenery without the hassle of driving through Downtown!
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve - 805 North Capital of Texas Highway
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is 227 acres of amazing Hill Country woods. You may catch a site of some wildlife on the 2.5-mile trail that includes a creek, waterfall and an overlook of the basin. The preserve is also home to the Golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered bird that's been around for many, many years.
Slaughter Creek Trail - Circle C Ranch
Slaughter Creek Trail is a 5-mile trail located in South Austin. Bring your bike, dog, or even horse and enjoy the beautiful views of the wildflower fields. Don't forget your hat and sunglasses!
Barton Creek Greenbelt - 2100 Barton Springs Road
As one of the top-rated hikes in Texas, Barton Creek Greenbelt is an almost 8-mile trail that allows people the option to hike, bike, climb, swim, float, kayak, and enjoy life!
McKinney Falls State Park - 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
This 7-mile trail is worth the small entry fee! Relax by the waterfall or challenge yourself on one of their many loops. The hiking is easier allowing you to enjoy the natural scenery.