Austin March 11, 2018
9 Picnic Perfect Austin Hikes That Will Make Your Spring Complete
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, 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 hikes will make your spring complete.
1. Mount Bonnell
This quick hike has a spectacular end view. Simply head over to 3800 Mt Bonnell Rd and walk up the stairway. When you reach the top, you'll find Covert Park. Several picnic tables overlook the glistening Lake Austin waters, and you could stare into the mesmerizing beauty all day long. It's especially enchanting as the sun sets.
2. Mayfield Park
In addition to the spectacular peacocks roaming free, Mayfield Park is home to a peaceful hiking trail. Tranquil picnic spots will greet you at the park's entrance, making it the perfect place to fuel up for a lovely woodland walk. Mayfield Park can be found at 3505 W 35th St.
3. Shoal Creek Greenbelt
Pease Park is a picnic paradise, and around the corner sits the magnificent Shoal Creek Greenbelt. You can enjoy your tasty meal under the park's shady trees or take it with you along the creek bed. No matter where you wander, you're certain to have a wonderful time. You can access the trail from 1100 Kingsbury St.
4. Emma Long Metropolitan Park
This stunning municipal park sits in northwest Austin. Here, you can hike as little or as much as you choose. The Turkey Creek trail is perfect for those craving a long walk, but there's also plenty of picnic spots on the shores of Lake Austin. To reach Emma Long Metropolitan Park, go to 1600 City Park Rd.
5. McKinney Falls State Park
McKinney Falls State Park is a popular camping destination, and it's easy to see why! The grounds feel welcoming and peaceful, and the hiking trails can't be beat. Whether you're spending the night or just the afternoon, you'll fall in love with the views at McKinney Falls State Park. You can find this little oasis at 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy.
6. Bull Creek District Park
The Bull Creek Greenbelt looks like a scene from a fairy tale. Explore along the tranquil waters and breezy hiking trails at 6701 Lakewood Dr. Your packed lunch will taste so delicious amongst this idyllic landscape. To learn more about this whimsical park, read our feature article
7. Brushy Creek Trail
This amazing trail spans over 10 miles, so it's perfect for avid hikers looking to cover a lot of ground. Along the way, you'll come across quiet benches and shady rest stops. You can access the trailhead at 3400 Brushy Creek Rd in Cedar Park. To learn more, read our feature article
8. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is known for its ever-blooming landscape and fascinating plants, but not many people think to pack a picnic! This heavenly place is full of benches and tables, so there's no shortage of spots to kick back and relax. Celebrate Texas' natural beauty at 4801 La Crosse Ave.
9. Commons Ford Ranch
Spend your afternoon hiking the incredible Commons Ford Waterfall Trail, and reward yourself with a scrumptious meal at the end. Commons Ford Park is a popular place for lounging and relaxing. The soothing water will melt away your worries! You can access the trailhead from 614 Commons Ford Rd.
Still craving more? This one easy hike in Austin
will lead you somewhere unforgettable.