Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

A nice maybe 15-20 minute walk to the water fall, if that. I took my 3 year old here today to do a little hike and swimming. The grass was a bit overgrown and there were a few flying critters around, but overall not bad because it was a short trail. The water was 1 ft maybe 1.5 in areas but mostly just a few inches so it was the perfect height for my 3 year old to walk and splash around as he pleases and me not be too worried. He was wearing his KEENs which I would recommend for children; he did not slip once.

Easy relaxing walk...would be a great place to go fishing if there were not so many families swimming. The waterfalls were non-existing due to lack of rain. Trail was EASY! Trails were not marked so it was hard to tell which trail you were on. Lots of people. And this was on a Monday afternoon walk.

walking
13 days ago

Nice for a leisurely walk with your pet, decent scenery. Not my favorite of the choices of hiking around Austin, but the falls were nice.

Very well maintained and the trail markings are great. A lot of benches here and there. Quite a few steps and Rocky areas but the overlooks totally make up for it. I suggest making a visit to the waterfall. it's pretty cool but not much water.

Lovely location specially for walking dogs and family relaxing. Beautiful

trail running
1 month ago

I had good time running this trail, it's easy to get a little turned around but there's no way to get off the trail. it's a wildlife and nature preserve so it's quite clear where the dont want you to go. The creek is pretty and it really makes you feel like you're away from the city.

Great place to enjoy with your dog. The further you hike the more private swimming ops become.

hiking
1 month ago

Narrow and Lots of weeds/vegetation growth. Encountered a lot of bugs and huge spider webs across the trail. A serene waterfall, but the path to it is a bit obscure. Bring lots of bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked all the trails forwards and backwards. As always, this trail system delivers the "outdoors hiking" goods.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking on a Sunday was more of a challenge than the actual hike! It’s next to Barton Springs city pool. Place was jam packed at the pool and their were a lot of people on the trail. The trail leads to mountain climbing areas, small water holes, small observation cliffs. There was a really nice place where a couple found a random lone tree in a pebbled creek and we’re having a picnic. The biggest issues are the bikers on the trail. I passed about 11 of them and only one warned me that they were behind me. The rest were zipping by liked they owned the place. No heads up, no head count if they were in a pack, and going too fast on lose gravel.

BEAUTIFUL walk! There were wildflowers and cacti and a creek you could swim in. There’d were a lot of side trails, so I had to keep this app open to keep me on the official trail. It should be noted that you have to cross the creek to do this loop.

Hiked to lower falls and the mill.

The falls were not what I expected the trail were ok. would choose another place to hike at if I had the option

Good hike with kids. Some parts rocky and steep but kids handled it well. Lots of different paths to take and great spots for kids to play in the water. Recommend getting there early. Parking fills up.

Nice easy hike with good views of the lower and upper waterfalls. Go early to avoid the crowds of people swimming. The paved Onion Creek loop adds some miles but is more like a leisurely walk instead of hiking. Nice wildflowers along the loop.

backpacking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail. Great for a long backpacking training hike.

Ok route, very well marked and traveled.

Great hike trail went on Mother’s Day

Love to hike on weekends and on climb some bluffs here. It has some pretty nice views and fun sights! Bring bug spray, camera, and sun screen. There are also lots of animals out there!

fun trail for the family, well marked and cool sights

Decent spot to swim but the red trail runs right next to a road the entire time. Not the best hike

on Wild Basin Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice hiking trails. Moderate level.

I went on a Tuesday morning and it was mildly crowded, but still lovely. There are many areas where the trail splits with no trail markers, however these all lead back to the same trail for the most part. The falls are small, though beautiful, and make a great little swimming hole.

Mild hike, rocky at parts, had to cross in the creek twice. Hill of life was a great end to the trail! Mostly shaded woods, so bring bug spray. Still Texas, so bring sunscreen too!

Easy route, beautiful view of creek the whole time, and water is low enough to step across

It was easy and relaxing.

Great little hiding spot amongst the city. We drove by all the time and on the weekends it’s packed. We went during the week and there was a good amount of people still. There’s plenty of room to be in the water without others bothering you. We brought our dog and she loved it. The trail can be a little rough in some spot with slick rocks.

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