Lady Bird Lake Trail

MODERATE 191 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
78 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.

trail running
24 days ago

Nothing moderate about this trail - it's easy. Great scenery, plenty of space, and well groomed non-technical dirt trail. Some sections are engineered (boardwalk, paved). In addition, plenty of options to add on distance if you're looking for a longer day. I ran 7 miles out from Barton Creek Pool lot and could have completed the loop at probably 8-9 miles. Just note - if you park at the pool, there is a $5 fee after 8am.

1 month ago

As an in-town, beautiful, easy access trail, it’s about as good as they come.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent urban multiuse with tons of smiles given and taken

2 months ago

Nice and wide. Does a loop so you return to your starting point.

hiking
2 months ago

I like this one for fun.

3 months ago

it's nice.

3 months ago

what an awesome trail, so many changes in scenery, all beautifully groomed

trail running
3 months ago

I have done this couple of times now. But every time it was in summer. So it is best to start early to avoid doing it when the sun gets hot. A pretty long loop that takes you through different parts of the Austin downtown along the Colorado river. You will never be alone on this trail There were enough joggers and cyclists every time I did this trail.

4 months ago

Beautiful scenes along lake
Many joggers and cyclists
Worth the time and effort

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. It's pretty crowed unless you go really early.

hiking
5 months ago

Great urban hike! Can be modified to be up to 10ish miles.

5 months ago

This is one of my favorite spots in the city! It is full of life on the trail and on the water- tons of amazing city view photo opportunities during a sunset or night hike- take a flashlight as the trail isn’t lit!

6 months ago

I've ran there twice while on the road and plan to as I go through Austin today. I've ran one loop and two loops previously, I ran the full length both times for a 10 and 20 miler. Excited about returning as it's an awesome place to run!!

6 months ago

Very busy loop. An urban trail at best.

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 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
11 months ago

walking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Easy hike,pretty views.

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beautiful trail!

road biking
Monday, January 23, 2017

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.

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