Austin August 01, 2019
This 4-Mile Hike In Austin Leads To The Dreamiest Swimming Hole
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of the most cherished places in the city. It’s easy to see why — the vibrant trees, refreshing water, and ample shade makes Austinites absolutely giddy. There are dozens of paths and trails to take, but nothing beats this picturesque journey. This four-mile hike in Austin leads to the dreamiest swimming hole.
There are several options for greenbelt hiking, but this trail begins at the Gaines/Twin Falls access point.
If you enter from this trailhead, you'll be met with a breezy, 3.7-mile out-and-back trail. This is the ideal spot to start your easy, shaded stroll.
Along the way, you'll be surrounded by shady trees and colorful plant life.
Take your time soaking in the surroundings. There's something soothing and therapeutic about walking amongst these Central Texas trees.
Rocky bluffs surround this gorgeous pathway.
In the Spring and Summer, these cliffs are covered in vibrant green plants.
Soon, you'll reach the main attractions: Twin and Sculpture Falls.
No matter which swimming hole you choose to wade in, you're certain to have a refreshing afternoon along this greenbelt trail. Bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, and hat. You could spend all day at this oasis.
After a large rainfall, water gushes down the falls.
Texas is often in a drought, but after those rare rainy moments, Twin and Sculpture Falls take on a whole new life. People always flock to the greenbelt after a heavy drizzle.
Dogs love frolicking along the water and trails, but they must be kept on a leash.
No need to leave Fido behind. The greenbelt is for everyone.
This stunning trail will make you fall in love with Austin all over again.
Trailhead Address: 3918 South MoPac Expressway, Austin, TX 78746.
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