Gas up the tank and get ready to hit the road! This all-day road trip across Austin will take you through the most scenic wonders the Capital City has to offer. From sunset to sundown, you’ll get your fill of majestic natural beauty. You’ll see Austin like you’ve never seen it before on this Austin natural wonders road trip!
There's no better way to begin your natural wonders road trip than with the splendor of Mount Bonnell. Gape at the city skyline from 785 feet above sea level. With a cup of coffee in hand, the Austin sunrise will kickstart your morning.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
After resting your legs from Mount Bonnell's massive staircase, take a 2.5 mile hike around the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. Here, you'll encounter wildlife, babbling creeks, and scenic overlooks. St. Edwards University helps run this nature wonderland, and they often lead guided hikes and tours.
You can't embark on an Austin nature road trip without visiting the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The most convenient entrance is tucked away on the MoPac service road at 3918 S. Mopac Expy, but you can access these stunning views from any greenbelt entrance point. Bring a swimsuit and wade in the refreshing water! You'll love relaxing by the water amongst the lush greenery.
Barton Springs Pool
Now that you have your swimsuit on, dart on over to Barton Springs Pool. This natural, spring-fed pool stays a crisp 68 degrees year round, so even if the summer heat summons beads of sweat, this pool will cool you down.
McKinney Falls State Park
It's almost hard to believe that all of this beauty exists in a metropolitan city, but believe me-- the journey gets even better. At McKinney Falls State Park, you can hike, bike, geocache, picnic, and go bouldering. Onion Creek flows over rocks and boulders and the verdant trees glisten in the sunshine. If you wanted to end your road trip here, you could camp at one of their 81 campsites and stare at the stars.
Austin Bats at the Ann Richards Bridge
Swing back toward Central Austin for one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the city. The flight of 1.5 million Mexican Free-tailed bats never ceases to draw a crowd. From April to October, these little creatures fly out from under the bridge every night at sunset. The best place to view their majesty is beneath the bridge on a kayak or boat. Get your camera ready, because this is a sight to behold.