Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
14.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
567 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

Capitol Metro, Austin's bus system, makes regular stops at Zilker Park. Parking is also available if you choose to drive. Parking for Zilker Park is available at the main entrance at 2200 Barton Springs Road.

hiking
1 month ago

I've hiked this trail so many times over the last decade. Lots of great nature, and swimming when there's rain. Quite a few trail heads so you can kind of pick and choose your experience each time. The downside is the popularity. It's occasionally PACKED with people. In the summers some of the swimming spots occasionally get trashed by college kids. Good for getting some nature, but not a place to search for solitude.

trail running
1 month ago

I ran from Zilker Park to the Gus Fruh trailhead. Every trail i run, I seem to want to come on here and say, "This is the most rocky and rooty trail!" Well, I might've actually found it. While the Hill of Life at the west end of the greenbelt is definitely the most rocky part, this section definitely forces trailrunners to step carefully. Besides the very beginning, I hardly had a flat surface to run on. I was constantly "prancing" and "tip toeing" through and on top of rocks, loose and solid, ranging in size from golf balls to grape fruits and larger. You need some trail running practice for high stepping, careful stepping, etc? This is definitely your trail.

And if you get tired and wanna take a break from running, just cool your feet in the creek.

3 months ago

The part of the trail I hiked yesterday is fairly similar to the rest of the greenbelt, but the pathway leading to and from it is very challenging. The Hill of Life, as it's called, is for experienced hikers because it's steep and winding. Overall, the area near Sculpture Falls is the best part of the trek.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a beautiful trail with many sights to see along the path. Pretty flowers and water views. We took a wrong turn on way back and had to rock climb out of there.

4 months ago

Pretty trail but the river is dried. Would suggest when there is more water

4 months ago

Pretty but river is dry . No water. Weather is super hot

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail (when there is water!) great for all skill levels. Heavily trafficked on weekends.

trail running
5 months ago

I've been running and hiking "The Greenbelt," as well as climbing the surrounding sport routes, for over 15 years. At times, you can be alone in paradise, and at other times, you can be one of oh so many getting smacked by the sun and the humidity and the blood-thirsty mosquitoes. I only add this because if you go and aren't impressed, give the trail another chance; drop in at a different trail head; start at a different time of the day. For being in the center of the city, the GB is pretty dang good.

5 months ago

Our family is new to Austin and just tried out a portion of this trail - loved it! The only negative was that it was hard to find since we're not from the area.

6 months ago

Great hike! A little bit of everything...shade, mini waterfalls, slight cliffs, rocks.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Very easy, and you pass several spots where you can enjoy soaking in the water or tanning in the sun. Make sure to stay hydrated!

walking
7 months ago

Walk from spyglass to twin falls with a puppy. Follow the trail or you will veer off track a bit prior to 360 after crossing the stream.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Great trail, markings are a little confusing, but isn't that the fun part. Did 11.42 miles and started to cramp up about 10.5 but made it. Oh and don't park by toy's r us, that hill is a killer.

hiking
8 months ago

I visited this trail for the first time in April 2017. The parking was difficult but so worth the headache. The trail is beautiful and some areas are flat, so are rocky and some are very rocky. It was my first ever hike and I was able to go for 7.5 miles. Lots of dogs off their leash but very friendly. I loved stopping and watching the climbers too. I already can't wait to go back.

8 months ago

great trails. Did 4 miles. love the stream and falls.

hiking
9 months ago

Visited this area on a trip to Austin and absolutely loved the trails. It was very easy to navigate and trailhead was self explanatory. Only down side is the $5 parking fee but would definitely go back. It was an overcast day and we still loved this area. I imagine it would be even nice rob the summertime.

walking
9 months ago

Love doing this hike solo or with my kids. If you go top to bottom twice, you are covering approx 1 mile elevation in 1 mile distance. You can add distance by hitting the trail.
Love it when the water is flowing!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail with great views. Heavily populated with everyone from walkers, runners, hikers, bikers, and rock climbers! We even witnessed a wedding ceremony while on the trail last weekend. Did 3.5 miles in and back out. Went off the main trail to get on the other side of the creek for the hike in and then took the main trail back out. Had a great time and met a lot of great people.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! The hill of life is challenging in the way back up. Good resting spots on the water.

hiking
10 months ago

'Twas a blast with your friends and family members. The only thing is that the world is not sufficient.

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