With hundreds of parks to choose from, it can be hard to find the perfect one to fulfill your need for adventure or love for nature. Below is a list of Austin’s most spacious green spaces, all ranging from 399 to 1,885 acres. Some of these parks offer creeks, pools, disc golf courses, hiking and biking trails and more, so you are sure to find a spacious park to suit your needs.
By Kristen Schniederjan
Walter E. Long Metropolitan Par
6614 Blue Bluff Rd., Austin, TX 78724
One of the largest parks in Austin is located in the northeast and surrounds Walter E. Long Lake. At 1,885 acres, Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park offers fishing, picnic sites, sand volleyball courts, walking and biking trails, and restrooms. The 1,200 acre lake accommodates boats and jet skis and swimming is allowed.
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
1101 Walnut Creek Park Rd., Austin, TX 78758
This green space encompasses 974 acres, a municipal pool, 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a playground. Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is a dog-friendly park with off-leash areas. Walnut Creek flows through the park creating a peaceful area and includes softball fields, a pavilion, a paved foot path and more.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
3755-B S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX 78746
Made up of three areas (the Lower Greenbelt, the Upper Greenbelt, and the Barton Creek Wilderness Park), Barton Creek Greenbelt is home to a 7.25 mile hiking trail. The 809 acre park provides biking, hiking, swimming, and rock climbing and is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.
Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park
6301 W. Slaughter Ln., Austin, TX 78739
A family oriented, dog friendly park, Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park is home to scenic trails and a disc golf course as well as sand volleyball pits and a soccer field. The well-kept 573 acre area is accommodating to children as restrooms and playground equipment are in the area.
Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park
400 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741
Located on the Colorado River, Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park is home to Austin’s Secret Beach, a small stretch of sand on the bank of the river. Along with the beach feature, the 399 acre river park is dog friendly, has a disc golf course, playground equipment for children, restrooms, and walking trails.