There’s a bucket list for everything in Austin. With so many attractions, you’d be remiss to stick to the same old routine. Get out of the house and explore all the radiant nature around you! Bat city is full of rippling creeks, rushing waterfalls, and lush greenery. You have to hike these 10 magnificent trails in Austin before you die.
1. Balcones Park Trail
This two mile hike is perfect for a moderately paced trip through nature. Located at the Balcones District Park in the Amherst neighborhood, this hiking trail is adjacent to lovely picnic areas and volleyball courts.
2. Southern Walnut Creek Trail
This urban trail stretches 7.3 miles and has ten-foot wide paths that are ideal for hikers, walkers, and runners. This east side trail has a winning combination of city refinement and verdant nature.
3. Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake
Over 1.5 million visitors traverse down this 10 mile trail every year. On the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, you'll pass by Lady Bird Lake's serene waters and the stunning city skyline.
4. Mayfield Trail
Mayfield Park is best known for the gorgeous peacocks strutting around, but beyond all the feathers sits a scenic hiking trail. This one-mile hike is ideal for those wanting a quick and easy walk through nature.
5. Blunn Creek Nature Preserve
This short trail is packed with beautiful views. Full of rippling creeks and scenic overlooks, Blunn Creek Nature Preserve is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
6. Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Barton Creek Greenbelt spans 809 acres and has several different access points. One of the most picturesque access points sits at 3918 S Mopac Expressway and leads to Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls. The rippling waters will soothe your soul.
7. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Owned by St. Edwards University and Travis County, The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is home to dozens of different wildlife species such as the Golden-cheeked warbler. The wilderness preserve also offers educational programming and guided hikes.
8. River Place Nature Trail
Lace up your hiking boots, because this trail is a tough one. Full of steep inclines, The River Place Nature Trail isn't for the beginning hiker. You'll work up a sweat, but it's well worth it. This hike is full of waterfalls and scenic vistas.
9. Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Park
This dog-friendly trail is just under 3 miles long. Your pup will love splashing in the shallow river and sniffing all the trees.
10. Shoal Creek Trail
The Shoal Creek Trail was built in the 1960s and is the oldest hiking path in Austin. This winding journey takes you through Pease Park and Duncan Park and is full of radiant oak trees.