Austin is known for its great outdoors, both
within the city limits and in the nearby rural Texas Hill Country.
Get out and explore everything from winding hiking and biking trails to cool
swimming holes and lakes perfect for paddling.
along the leafy 10-mile Ann
and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which
skirts along shimmering waters and has picturesque views of Austin’s skyline.
Snap a selfie with the memorial statue of Austin music legend Stevie Ray
Vaughan, stationed along the route at Auditorium Shores.
miles west of Austin, hike through a Texas Hill Country landscape of limestone
cliffs and stone river beds along the Pedernales River at Pedernales
Falls State Park. Follow Juniper Ridge Trail, which wends
through a shaded mesquite forest and leads to the park’s rushing Pedernales
BIKING & CYCLING
Crown Trail offers great in-town mountain biking, with
rocky surfaces and steep slopes. The Barton
Creek Greenbelt is also a great destination for mountain
bikers (enter at the Loop 360 access point), offering varied terrain within a
beautiful landscape of cliffs and shaded groves alongside scenic Barton Creek.
riders will want to bicycle from downtown to Mount
Bonnell, peddling Scenic Drive along the waters of Lake Austin
and catching an awesome sunset view from Pennybacker Bridge. The paved Southern
Walnut Creek Trail, part of the city’s Walnut Creek Trail
System, is an urban trail designed for both bikers and pedestrians.
great swimming with people watching at the historic Barton Springs Pool,
just minutes from downtown Austin. Located in the heart of the 360-acre Zilker
Park, this swimmer’s paradise features clear water fed from
underground springs that stays a refreshing 68 degrees year round, along with
grassy hills for sunbathing.
40-minute drive from Austin in Texas Hill Country, Hamilton Pool Preserve is
a geological wonder. This historic swimming hole was formed by the Hamilton
Creek spilling out over limestone outcroppings, creating a dramatic 50-foot
waterfall that plunges into a canyon.
Long Metropolitan Park, situated along the shores of Lake
Austin, is one of the few places where visitors can camp inside the city
limits. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Austin, the park features
waterside campsites, giant cypress trees, hiking and biking trails, swimming
and boating, and spots for picnics and grilling.
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Posted by: Visit Austin
Posted on: 10/04/2020