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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.

Length 13.8 mi Elevation gain 606 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Rock climbing Walking Running Cave Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Fee
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NOTE: this 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

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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Austin Desenberg
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I've done this whole thing, just at different points. One of the better trails in the Austin area. There are a few watering holes after rain, which are great to have some brews and swim in if the water looks alright. Nothing really challenging about it. Can be pretty busy at the trailhead at 360 and and Mopac.

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Marissa P
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HikingGreat!

Very nice trail! Went there on a Saturday and it was pretty busy regardless of reservations.

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Katie User
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Amanda Morrow
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Sam Puente
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Great trail! Just wish the creek had some water

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Mel Miller
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Really fun trail

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Joey Palacios
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Luis Lozano
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quick hike

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Ari Noorzaie
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Always love the greenbelt and though there was absolutely no water (besides some stagnant pools at/near Campbell’s Hole) to swim in, the trail is still beautiful and nice to hike. Reservations on the greenbelt are currently required for some days and they fill up fast. I encountered about 15 people total on a 3 mile hike and most people had masks or gave a wide berth while passing each other. Bring lots of drinking water!!

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Andrew S
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All trailheads are closed and will open 8/8/2020 for those who make an online reservation 24hrs in advance. Would’ve been nice to see that before driving from Dallas.

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Dax Broussard
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Christian Perry
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One of the best places to hike in Austin. Take a dip in the water to cool off and a hidden gem lookout point + cave is located in between Campbell's Hole and The Flats. Rock climbing is required to reach this lookout but it's fun and the best view of the Greenbelt! Also if you go after a good rain you may see a waterfall near Campbell's Hole heading toward Barton Springs.

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Teddy Heaton
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Zilker Park Trailhead & TX360 Trailhead are BOTH closed. My guess... Travis county has the whole trail closed to protect us from fresh air, exercise and vitamin D.

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Nikita Kodjak
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The spyglass trailhead (the one by tacodeli) is closed right now. Im not sure about other trailheads.

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monika gasiorek
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Julie Lewis
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Dog friendly Good for beginners

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Greg Pearson
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Take the time to wander away from the crowds.

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James Bock
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Ashlynn Peterson
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We like to start at the Hill of Life and hike down to Sculpture Falls then Twin Falls! Hill of life is a great leg work out, be ready to fire those glutes!

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Atx Hiking Viking
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Start at the hill of life and hike all the way to Barton springs pool (mile 0). Very little water near lost creek and it dissipates towards 360. Cross the river back and forth to experience both sides. Lots of little caves and side trails to explore. Some will take you to the top of the cliffs for great views. Start early to avoid the crowds.

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Dawn Youngs
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Took a quick out and back. Lovely diverse trail to currently dry riverbed. can observe the effect of water flow and rock formation in the shape of the river. Slick walking on a muddy day.

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Kevin Goff
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No water yet, but once it's flowing, one of the best hiking areas in Austin

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Lisa Landry
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One of Austin’s best. It’s definitely more pretty when the creek has water. All dried up yesterday.

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Eleny Guerrero
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absolutely loved it

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Sarah Bentz
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One of my favorite spots in Austin since it’s easy to access and has nice views. It can be busy at times but the further away from the main entrance, the quieter. It’s nice when there is water in the creek bed but it’s been dry lately. Lovely trail that I always recommend to out of towners.

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Ailin Jin
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Jen Fox
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