Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail is a 13.8 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.

Length13.8 miElevation gain606 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRock climbingWalkingRunningCaveDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeBugsRockyFee
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NOTE: the Barton Creek Greenbelt has reopened but you will need to make online reservations ahead of time to hike here. https://web2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/txaustinwt.wsc/search.html?module=PST A pretty clear trail with loads of beautiful wildflowers!

Austin's weather is unpredictable-except for summer when it is HOT. Austin has an average of 111 days when temperatures are above 90F (32C), so bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water. Don't miss the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in Barton Springs Pool, remember to bring your bathing suit, a towel, and swim shoes if you have them.

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.

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Matthew Kemp
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Beautiful easy access trail

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Riley B
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Jonas Bailey
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Bryan Goldman
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

Awesome landscapes. Trails are solid and allow for venturing just keep track a little

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Jonas Bailey
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Miranda De Hoyos
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Way too muddy after rain :( hard to get across violet trail

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Jonas Bailey
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Daniel George
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Jonas Bailey
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kon lim
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Ashley Scroggs
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Andy C
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Reservations NOT currently required though the description says so. Grateful there's a long trail here in Austin! So many under 2 mi, and this is just a forever meander. Some areas narrow, some areas access dry creek bed and can walk along it (well, in January). The portion I traveled (2.5 mi out from Gaines Park at MoPac) was 100% forested/ shaded. Main path is clearly marked. Not too busy on a Thursday evening, but narrow enough to where masks are useful. Sure wish more mountain bikers would use bells or announce themselves around here - in narrow spots, had trouble with them zooming down and nowhere for me to pull off without poisonous plants.

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Ashley Scroggs
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