Life is breezy and the sun is shining, so there’s no better time to stroll through Austin’s peaceful parks! Before summer’s sweltering heat sinks in, let’s take a moment to luxuriate in the perfect weather. A tasty snack or delicious lunch will taste even better when enjoyed under a majestic oak tree. These nine picnic-perfect trails will make your spring complete. Here are some of the best hikes in Austin for springtime adventures:

Still craving more? This one easy hike in Austin will lead you somewhere unforgettable. So, which hikes in Austin would you call the best hikes in Austin? Tell us about them in the comments – we love learning about your favorite places!

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Best Hikes in Austin

What are some of the best scenic hikes around Austin?  

Austin, Texas, is a beautiful city with lots of impressive scenery around – you just need to know where to look. Our hiking trails are nothing short of excellent, with plenty of options for every skill level and providing some truly wonderful scenery you won’t find elsewhere in the Lone Star State. Some of our hands-down favorite scenic hikes around Austin include gems like the Barton Creek Greenbelt, which is 12 miles long in total and can be accessed via many different trailheads along the way. Enjoy the beauty of Barton Creek as you meander alongside it. Hiking just about any nearby state and/or National Parks is always a great idea for anyone looking for scenic hikes; for example, visit McKinney Falls State Park, which has more than nine miles of great scenic hikes to choose from – oh, and waterfalls, obviously. For those who prefer to stick to city limits and not get TOO wild out there, we recommend hiking around Walnut Creek Metro Park, which has plenty of interconnected trails weaving all over. It’s excellent for any level of experience!  

What are the most popular easy hikes in Austin?  

Did you know there are more than 120 hiking trails in Austin to check out? It’s true, and plenty of them are considered easy as well, making them some of the most accessible trails there are. Some of our favorite popular, easy hikes in Austin include ones like the Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls Via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, at the Barton Creek Greenbelt; should you find yourself at the Greenbelt anyway exploring the above-mentioned Greenbelt Trail, you should check this one out as well! At Butler Park, there’s the Lady Bird Lake Trail, which is paved and offers lovely lake views despite being within a city park (and a lovely one at that), and we also love the St. Edwards Green and Red Loop at St. Edwards Park, which is 2.7 miles of easygoing wandering through one of Austin’s most beloved parks.