Lady Bird Lake Trail

MODERATE 130 reviews
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Lady Bird Lake Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a lake 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

road biking

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

city walk

In the heart of Austin, TX.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk, but beware of the high-speed bicyclists.

2 months ago

Great inner city Trail/dog walking area. Because there are several trails that come together you may take a wrong turn but still feel you are on the trail. Lots of bikes if walking but Trail wide enough in most areas. Several restrooms on the route. Most of the Trail is along the Lake but you must go up to city street level to cross over the Lake.

hiking
3 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Great trail! It's my first week in Austin and it served an awesome workout!

5 months ago

Great trail if you are in Austin with little time.

mountain biking
5 months ago

I have loved this trail for walking and biking for decades. The full loop actually runs from Deep Eddy Pool east to Pleasant Valley Road and back around the other side of Lady Bird Lake. The total is over 11 miles. This app says it's only 4.4 miles but that ignores the beautiful and far less crowded part of the trail that is east of Interstate 35.

trail running
5 months ago

Same review as the "Towne Lake Austin Trail",.
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Parking is most abundant at Zilker Park. Elsewhere, you could be driving the streets of that part of downtown Austin for hours and never find a single good spot. This trail has plenty of restrooms, water, exercise equipment, water craft, etc. along the way. Trail is very wide in most places, and very VERY wide in some places. Very well marked, and well maintained. But if you're looking for a wilderness experience, go elsewhere. The scenery is nice, nice trees and flowers, a nice lake, cool looking urban buildings and sculptures and other stuff. But it's in the middle of an urban area, right next to busy roads most of the time. You will never not here cars and construction and such. But hey, sometimes you don't need a backwoods, rough hike- just a nice stroll which this is. And almost all of it is shaded.

As for trail running, well, it's not really for trail running. I've run here a few times, and mostly it's good for those long continuous runs (versus running slower due to high stepping over roots and rocks, twisting and turning of the trail, ups and downs, etc) It's still a good place to run, if...

If you don't mind what seems to be hundreds of people. People with strollers, people with dogs, people running, walking, biking fast and slow. Half the people don't move out of the way, some of them can be in groups of two or three and somehow take up the entire 10 foot spread of the trail- but that's less about the trail and more about people just don't care.

I give it a three- I would give it a two for trail running, but the amenities, and the general "serenity" it somehow has, even despite all the people and cars and such, I guess it's worth an extra star.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike,pretty views.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail!

road biking
11 months ago

Great ride! Went all the way to Barton Springs and down past 35 by the dam. Came out to about 10 miles.

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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.

trail running
Friday, October 28, 2016

Nice trail running close to the Colorado river. A lot to see along the route.

trail running
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Amazing people watching. Good soft footing. Long track. I like the pull-ups and dip station. Nice water fountains too.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Run here a lot with my dog, mix of gravel and cement that juts over the water for great views of the city. Frequent water fountains and dog waste stations.

trail running
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Often take a run here with my dog, it's nicely shaded, some up and down. Gravel mostly.

road biking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Flat ground. Dirt trails and cement trails. Watch out for construction. Scenic and fresh. Water smelled a little. circles by the power plant.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Great pace for light cardio, beautiful scenery, canopied trails with old trees, the evening bats, sometimes an odd fishy smell near riverside embankments, and journeying with the unplugged.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nice

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

nice for walking
not for mtn biking

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Very good Trail

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