Lady Bird Lake Trail

MODERATE 152 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.

hiking
6 hours ago

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

28 days 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!

29 days 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!!

1 month ago

Very busy loop. An urban trail at best.

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 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
6 months ago

walking
7 months ago

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

8 months ago

mountain biking
8 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
8 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
9 months ago

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.

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

trail running
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Excelente lugar para correr

trail running
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Excelente lugar para trotar

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Busy every time I've been here but really nice park to run/walk. I feel a little too crowded for biking. Nice stops along the trail.

mountain biking
Friday, March 13, 2015

Beautiful trail. The trail is easy, it is fairly flat for the most part. Crushed granite. There are a few areas where you wonder hey where did the trail go, but was able to figure it out, except at one spot. I started near lakeshore blvd going counter clockwise. As the path goes away go upward towards the bride walkway, narrow about 3 feet wide. When you come down just work your way near the river and you are back on track. Then you will cross some kiddy railroad tracks and then you end up in a neighborhood st. Just go up the st about 20 feet and on your left the rock trail starts again. You will go around a baseball field and then it is easy. When you get to I 35 bridge go under the bridge thru the parking lot and then you are back on your way. When you get to mopac pedestrian bridge you will cross a 2nd small bridge, you will be near Zilker park. This were I got lost. Go over the bridge hook a left towards the same crushed rock. I kept going further into Zilker. After that you are home free, easy to find your way back. I give it 5/5 just b/c of the beauty and all the sights to see. I had an easy go of it on bike, got tight when had crowds of people bunching up and taking whole walk way. went on a Friday at 1:30

trail running
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the heart of Austin, this trail has Austinites' hearts! Can do a quick loop or longer run with some really pretty views of Austin. Love the new boardwalk on the East side!

mountain biking
Sunday, July 06, 2014

I love this trail! It's long, has many route options, has bridges, water, beautiful scenery, people everywhere running, biking, kayaking paddle boarding, dogs, kids, places to eat, Baryon Springs natural pool, a little train for children, boat rentals, benches in shady areas to rest and watch the people, bathrooms, and much much more! Love it!!

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