Austin is known for having beautiful sunny days most of the year, but the state of Texas can heat things up quickly. There are not many 75-degree weather days left, so make the most of them by taking to the trails! From springing into an energetic trek to burn off steam or taking a peaceful stroll to enjoy nature, Austin has a trail for you.
By: Ryan Wheeler
Barton Creek Greenbelt
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy
You won’t feel lonely on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. A popular spot in the warmer months, Austenites love trekking around the lake and finding new hidden places along the trail. There are plenty of spots to cool off in the water and several rock climbing areas just waiting to be explored. The trail is wild enough to enjoy nature but sits right in the heart of urban Austin.
River Place Trail
8820 Big View Dr
This off-the-beaten-path park has three trails to offer hikers and nature-seekers. The Fern Trail does indeed have ferns as well as a few waterfalls to check out. The Canyons Trail heads up the Fern Trail and takes hikers alongside the golf course. The Panther trail, which has the highest elevation change in the Austin Area, is a great training location for dedicated hikers.
The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail
2102 Veterans Dr
Encircling Ladybird Lake at the foot of downtown Austin, the Hike-and-Bike trail is full of Austinites enjoying the Texas climate. This is a great spot for being open to try it all. The trail opens up to beautiful views of the skyline on one side, and has access to tons of restaurants and music venues on Barton Springs Road and Zilker Park. Hikers often break their stride to paddleboard and kayak on the lake or take a dip in Barton Springs Pool.
Austin 360 Bridge
5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy
If you’re looking to do as the locals do, climb to the observation deck overlooking the 360 bridge. Locals and visitors beam with pride over the spectacularly vibrant, Texas sunsets overlooking the famous Pennybacker Bridge. The trail will lead you up a hill to see stunning views of rolling hills, the big Texas sky, the lake, and downtown Austin tucked away in the distance. Make sure you have a camera and a buddy to snap insta-worthy pictures with!
Mayfield Park and Natural Preserve
3505 W 35th St
Mayfield Park is unlike anything else. It offers a completely surreal atmosphere that many often use as artistic inspiration. The grounds have lush gardens with palm trees and ponds. Peacocks, turtles, and koi fish loom about on the grounds and in the water of Mayfield Park. A charming cottage also occupies part of the 23 acres of meander-able land. The wildlife and plant life give this park the secluded feel of a refuge from daily stress or even just real life.
*Many Austin trails welcome leashed pups as well, but don’t forgot to double check before heading out! And please, keep the trails clean. Clean-up bags are available in some areas, but not all, so come prepared.