Explore the most popular lake trails near Austin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Parked at the tennis courts, rode my bike. Its a descent workout on a bike. Nothing super steep, one long elevation change (just south of the tennis courts). It's all paved and well maintained. There are a few sharp turns and intersections, so be wary of going too fast on a bike.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent urban multiuse with tons of smiles given and taken

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

on Walnut Creek Trail

1 month ago

This is an ok paved trail for walking, but be prepared to be surrounded by bike riders.

hiking
1 month ago

I like this one for fun.

it's nice.

Parking is easy to spot, on the north-west side of the road, just north of the bridge. There are no restrooms, benches, water fountains, etc but there is a garbage can which, well, is usually very full and thus not collecting all the trash. But as for the trail itself-

Immediately you climb lots of feet- really steep, high steps, slick rocks, loose rocks to slip on, etc. But this somewhat treacherous climb must be worth it, because lots and lots of people come here everyday. You'll see people in wedding dresses, formal attire, graduation gowns, etc. with photographers in tow, some with rather expensive looking equipment, because the view is spectacular.

But then you hit the fence. After the climb, you see the view. After the view, go west and you'll shortly come to a fence that's cut. Well, supposedly, it's not private property, you're not trespassing, etc. when you go through this fence. There are signs elsewhere saying "no trespassing" but here, well, I guess the gate people didn't want to climb or something. After the gate, the trail goes for a ways. Plenty of scenic views; some trails to the north that go into the forest, but quickly hit the no trespassing fence; and plenty of trails to the south but, of course, they're on the edge of the cliff overlooking the river, so they're rather precarious. Looking for some scrambling or some danger? Try and hike/climb down to the river without sliding. Have kids, or just want a nice hike? Stay on the main trail, and all should be well until about the last quarter mile, where it gets a bit "woods", the trail is a little hard to see, but the loop at the end is short and you're headed back to the bridge.

nature trips
2 months ago

Very pretty view as you walk above and along the water. It is Rocky climbing up at first but quickly becomes even and easy from there. There are a few areas with a trash bag set out that are more than overflowing with water bottles/trash, but other than that a very nice, simple trail.

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

trail running
2 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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

Great View , loved the hike.

walking
4 months ago

The trail is all paved. Very good for biking. The surroundings are lovely. I saw lots of wildflowers and also some wild grape. There are some unpaved side trails that we're fun to explore.

Might send my family there to ride bikes. Probably won't walk there again. Walking mostly on pavement isn't my favorite kind of walk.

Easy elementary kid and up hike. A climb to the top at the beginning. Some drop offs so people who are afraid of heights may not like parts.

on Lady Bird Lake Trail

4 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!

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!!

hiking
4 months ago

No public access

Very busy loop. An urban trail at best.

Brought my two dogs, so much goose poo and mud piles all over the trail. lots of bikes, kept having to get off the path into the grass/mud to let them by. Most never warned me they were coming up and startled my dogs. I wouldn't have minded too badly if they just warned me. Came across a dead dog in the field, and there were no rest spots to stand or sit and let the dogs breathe. It was ok, only will use if it rains again.

walking
5 months ago

Nice loop outside my office building. Easy to take a lunch lap or two. Good scenery. Nothing too special. There’s often people paddle boarding in the summer months but you need a pass for the gym next to it for access.

Not really moderate... easy trail, not really sure where it really ends though....I followed the all trails guide, but it definitely continues past where the end is listed. Nice views, but the bridge is the main attraction of the hike and to get up to the view point is more of a short climb than an actual hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views, but the trail going back gets pretty precarious at the very end. You're right on the edge of a dropoff - not advised for anyone unable to be extra sure with the footing. Also, you pass through a hole in a chain link fence, so we felt like we were trespassing. Also, a-holes have spraypainted lots of rocks and trees on the trail. What the hell, man? Overall, it's nice, but not a favorite.

hiking
6 months ago

I love this little trail. It's very low traffic, and if the weather wasn't so great that week, you might be the only person on it. The middle trailhead is hidden between two houses across from Mountain View Park. With parking and a bathroom, this is a good spot to drop in on the trail. After taking the rocky steps down, you can head left for a little bit of a scenic climb with some fun rock features and a pond or head right for an easy stroll along a creek.

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect for kiddos and alone. Beautiful.

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

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
10 months ago

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