8 Easy Hikes Around Austin You’ll Want To Knock Off Your Summer Bucket List
Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Fill up your water bottle, slather on sunscreen, and hit the trails. There’s simply too much local beauty to spend the dog days of summer inside. You’ll want to add these eight easy hikes around Austin to your summer bucket list.
1. Lake Trail at Mayfield Park
This short and easy hike only spans 0.4 miles, but you'll discover so much along the way. In addition to the tranquil, shaded trails, Mayfield Park is home to a family of stunning peacocks. This lovely destination is perfect for kids and adults. You can find Mayfield Park at 3505 W 35th St.
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2. The Roy Guerrero Trail at Secret Beach
Even though Secret Beach isn't so much of a hidden gem anymore, the trek is still worth it. This 3.5 out-and-back trail at Roy Guerrero Park is evenly paced and full of wildlife. Keep your eye out for peaceful white-tailed deer. You'll want to make a day out of this gorgeous destination. The trail begins at 400 Grove Blvd.
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3. Talleyran Park
Venture up to Northwest Balcones Park and soak up some nature. Along this one-mile loop, you'll see magnificent trees and a peaceful waterfall. This breezy hike is perfect for the whole family. Even furry friends can come along! Just be sure to keep all dogs on a leash. You can find this lovely oasis at 10206 Talleyran Dr.
4. Vista Knoll Loop
The Balcones Canyonlands are full of jaw-dropping sights, and you don't have to even break a sweat to see them. Vista Knoll Loop spans less than a mile, but the rustic Texas views are incredible. The path is well-marked and full of fascinating wildlife. Venture to Cactus Rocks Trail in Leander, TX to experience this gorgeous getaway.
5. Williamson Park Nature Trail
Also in Leander, The Williamson Park Nature Trail is an exquisite escape from life's daily hustle and bustle. The three-mile path is blooming with wildflowers and lush greenery. You could spend an entire afternoon here. Explore for yourself at 3005 Co. Rd. 175, Leander, TX.
6. Bull Creek District Park
The summer months sometimes make Austinites want to hibernate indoors with the AC on full blast. The only times it's bearable to be in the great outdoors is during sunrise or sunset. Luckily, Bull Creek District Park is perfect for these cool outings. Head over to 6713 Lakewood Dr and soak up the sights. If you arrive by 7 pm, you'll have plenty of time to hike the one-mile trail before the sun sets.
7. St. Edward's Park Trail
Whether you hike the entire length of this four-mile trail or just opt to experience a sampling, you're sure to leave your journey feeling refreshed and ready for the week. You'll get your nature fix at 7301 Spicewood Springs Rd.
8. Muleshoe Bend
Take a day trip to Spicewood, Texas and experience supreme Texas beauty. Ten miles of hiking trails span this amazing area, so you can customize your experience however you see fit. If you really want to experience this pristine beauty, you can reserve a camping spot and sleep under the stars. Muleshoe Bend is located at 2820 Co. Rd. 414.
What’s your favorite summertime trail?
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