Explore the best trails near Austin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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trail locations for Austin, Texas

Great trail in the middle of the city. Life Hill is a great challenge at the turnaround point.

Gorgeous Scenery, very dog friendly, a bit of a short trail but can be made longer and harder if you go alternate routes! Great place to also bring food after the hike.

mountain biking
5 days ago

It's definitely nothing special as far as "mountain biking". It's a wide flat gravel trail, but as a local I'd say it's a must see since you are right on the water the whole time.

mountain biking
5 days ago

We like it. It's a fun little loop only a couple miles from our house.

I loved this trail. Went on New Years day and it was super crowded. Took away from the experience some. I will definitely go back again when less people are around so I can truly enjoy it.

Great spot outside the busyness of Austin, bit of a challenge but the workout and views are worth it.

Beautiful park with nice trails. Took my dog out there and she loved playing in the creek. After 1pm it got super busy and we ended up leaving. Dogs are allowed off their leashes but there's way too many people letting their untrained dogs off leash. Also, it seems like no one actually cleans up after their dog, witnessed some dogs even pooping in the creek and owners not cleaning up.

Average trail - views were nice, but not anything spectacular. The terrain was mostly flat, but lots of rocks/tree roots to watch out for so you didn't trip. Was the perfect low-key "hike" for New Years Day.

Great workout with gorgeous scenery. My favorite trail in Austin.

Possibly the best hiking trail i've experienced in central Texas.The trail provides a great workout. Lots of elevation changes and steep inclines. You'll notice very little noise pollution and people. Ideal hiking for the person wanting a challenge.

Great hiking & backpacking training trail - shady enough for warm days, lots of stairs up and down and up and down. Less crowded than Barton Creek trail, and shorter, only 3 or so miles one way. Downsides: very narrow at times, with little to no room to pull aside to let joggers pass; no water available on trail, or at trailheads; still too many people with dogs off-leash (I love dogs and taking hikes with mine, but off-leash dogs on a narrow trail is a bad idea, people). Positives: steep roads between trailheads can add in some very challenging hills to round out your hike; no mountain bikes.

18 days ago

If you want exercise, you read have to do the Hill Trail. Several loops that will give a great workout either hiking, running or biking