Austin April 25, 2018
8 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Austin Will Love
Springtime is the ideal season to stroll through Austin’s lush surroundings. Before the summer sun sets in, explore the shaded beauty around you. You’ll discover rushing rivers, peaceful wildlife, and blooming wildflowers. These are 8 easy and beautiful spring hikes everyone in Austin will love.
1. Great Hills Park Trail
Listen to the calming river flow as your feet walk over green grass. The Great Hills Park Trail is only 2.3 miles long, and it's perfect for all abilities. The calming atmosphere and quiet paths make it an underrated gem. This rejuvenating stroll sits near Quarries Park. To find it, read the map
2. Slaughter Creek Trail Loop
Venture out to South Austin and explore the Slaughter Creek Trail. This 5-mile loop blossoms with wildflowers in spring, and you'll want to stare into the colorful fields all day. To find the trailhead, go to 9938 Farm to Market Rd 1826.
3. Trailhead Park
Spend an afternoon basking in the breezy Spring weather at Trailhead Park. This hidden gem has a sports field, playground, and plenty of perfect picnic spots. The 4.5 mile trail is shady, green, and smooth. Check it out at 10984 Boulder Ln.
4. Walnut Creek Trail
This North Austin hike is full of wonders. Tucked away in Balcones District Park, The Walnut Creek Trail has plenty of shade and blossoming flowers. Go to 12017 Amherst Dr and explore for yourself. The path is only about a mile, so it's perfect for a quick afternoon pick-me-up.
5. Commons Ford
Commons Ford is one of the best picnic spots in Austin, and the trail is equally lovely. Head over to 614 N Commons Ford Rd and walk the winding paths. This 2.4 mile loop takes you by a whimsical waterfall!
6. Little Fern Trail
The Little Fern Trail is part of The River Place Nature Trail, which is known for its steep climbs and winding paths. This short two-mile trail, however, offers a much breezier hike than the others. Here, you'll come across limestone rocks, rippling creeks, and small stepping stones. To access the trailhead, go to 8820 Big View Dr and continue down the boardwalk. Follow the Panther Trail until you see a sign for Fern Trail. This shaded hike is sure to dazzle you.
7. Red Bud Isle Trail
This half-mile loop is a popular dog-friendly trail that sits on Lady Bird Lake just below the Austin dam. It's perfect for all skill levels, and it has some supremely wonderful views. The calm and glistening waters will help you celebrate Spring in the best way possible. Embark on this blissful trail at 3401 Redbud Trail.
8. Zilker Nature Preserve
Everyone knows about Zilker Park's wondrous beauty, but this covert nature preserve remains a bit of a mystery. To access it, simply go to the Austin Nature and Science Center at 2389 Stratford Dr and walk toward the back. You'll come across a tall archway, and you'll enter a shady oasis from there. This short trail has it all: scenic overlooks, fascinating wildlife, and babbling brooks. Kids especially love exploring this area, but it's exciting for adults as well.
Where’s your favorite place to hike in the spring? If you’re looking for even more outdoor adventures, then you should check out these
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