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Best trails in Austin, Texas

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Looking for a great trail near Austin, Texas? AllTrails has 123 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around McKinney Falls State Park or Bastrop State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Nature Preserve at River Place or Barton Creek Greenbelt. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 83 easy trails in Austin ranging from 0.6 to 10 miles and from 436 to 1,128 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Austin, Texas
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#1 - Riverplace Nature Trail
Nature Preserve at River Place
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
There is a $10 fee per day per hiker. Credit Card Payments only. Children 12 and under with an adult are free. See the park page here for more information: http://www.riverplacelimiteddistrict.org/trails.html Great trail with tons of stairs. Even more challenging if you park at the park at the bottom of the neighborhood and run up the hill, however this is not for the light of heart. Some cool lookout points along the way. Absolutely beautiful drive to this trail. The trail itself is challenging, as there are tons of steps! There is a lot of scenic variation throughout the hike, and the journey is almost all shaded. The trail is well groomed but some portions are pretty rocky.Show more
#2 - Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls Via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
Barton Creek Greenbelt
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
NOTE: Barton Creek Greenway is now open with limited amenities due to COVID 19. Please check here for updates: https://austintexas.gov/page/pard-facilities-closuresShow more
#3 - Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
Barton Creek Greenbelt
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
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!Show more
#4 - Lady Bird Lake Trail
Butler Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
A nice family-friendly trail around a lake in the heart of Austin, TX. Accessibility: This trail is paved, wide (typically at least four feet), and mostly gentle with an estimated max grade of 5%.Show more
#5 - Turkey Creek Trail
Emma Long Metropolitan Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Please note that the road to the trailhead was reported closed on July 3rd, 2020. Please check road conditions before hiking. Rocky and rooty terrain make for great exercise and practice on this trail. There are some climbs near the back which, while not very long, are still pretty decent. The signage and the trail itself is good enough that it'd be hard to get lost. And there are usually other people around, in case of injury. At the back of the trail, the loop part, there are several trails which branch off. You get to climb a little more, and the trails are a little more windy and single track and smooth- at least near the beginning. So if you're running (or hiking or whatever) and are like, "Man, that was a quick trip", you could always take one of the "off trail" trails at the back to add some more exploring and mileage.Show more
#6 - St. Edwards Green and Red Loop
St Edwards Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#7 - Walnut Creek Trail
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 34 m
This is a great route for dogs, bikes, and walking. Many enjoy sunbathing at the creek while dogs playing in the water. There are many interconnecting trails in the area to extend this hike and continue exploring. Please note that is not advised to travel along the route when conditions are wet. Walking and biking along the wet clay can further the damage done by rain.Show more
#8 - Hill of Life via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
Barton Creek Greenbelt
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
#9 - Great Hills Park Trail
The Quarries Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
#10 - Laurel, Yaupon, Possum and Arroyo Vista Loop
Wild Basin Wilderness Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 55 m
Note: This trail is only open Thursdays-Sundays with limited hours, capacity limits, and new trail rules due to COVID-19 as of October 2020. Reservations are required. The visitors center is closed until further notice. For up to date information, see the park site here: https://www.stedwards.edu/academics/centers-institutes/wild-basin-creative-research-centerShow more
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