Austin is an outdoor city. Residents love to be outside, in shorts, all year round. Hike and bike trails are as much a part of the Austin scene as live music and “Keep Austin Weird”. Whether you live South or North, East or West, you can find trails in your local neighborhood or anywhere you may be in the area. There’s no reason to tire of the same old trail, you can travel a short distance or go across town and enjoy different scenery.
We suggest that you do your own research to find those hidden gems near you. Here are ten of our favorite hike and bike trails and a link to more than 100 Austin trails.
800 W. Riverside Drive Shared Use (Hike and Bike) ADA Accessible Central 10.17 miles
In the heart of Austin is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, a lush, urban path that meanders along the water’s edge and passes by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields and cultural attractions. With the completion of the Boardwalk portion of the Trail in June 2014, the 1.3 mile gap along the south shore has been closed, and the Trail now serves our city in an additional way – as an alternative transportation route for our growing urban core.
3753 S Capital of Texas Hwy. Shared Use (Hike and Bike) Not ADA Accessible Central 12.68 miles
Barton Creek Greenbelt is an urban oasis. Its trails provide opportunity for biking, running, rock climbing, swimming and hiking.
12017 Amherst Dr. Shared Use (Hike and Bike) Not ADA Accessible Northwest 1.30 Miles
You’ll generally find plenty of folks at the picnic areas, ball fields, and tennis courts, but not many people know about the peaceful trails along Walnut Creek at the back of the park.
5827 Levander Loop Hike (Hiking Only) Not ADA Accessible Central 0.35 Miles
This 43 acre preserve provides great wildlife viewing in wetland habitats.
5700 Loyola Ln. Shared Use (Hike and Bike) Not ADA Accessible Northeast 0.57 Miles
Northeast Park is a great place for a neighborhood BBQ or a picnic. With a covered area to eat and plenty of trees for shade, it’s perfect for a date, family outing or alone time.
8011 Beckett Rd. Shared Use (Hike and Bike) ADA Accessible South 1.08 Miles
This district park is a neighborhood favorite. There is a kids water-play area and hike and bike trails that wander throughout.
2100 City Park Rd. Shared Use (Hike/Off-leash) Not ADA Accessible Northwest 1.92 Miles
The main park at Emma Long, adjacent to Lake Austin, allows pets on leash only. However, Turkey Creek trail is an off-leash area, and dogs love splashing in the creek. The trail is about 2.5 miles long and crosses the creek repeatedly.
811 Nile St. Shared Use (Hike and Bike) ADA Accessible Northeast 1.17 Miles
There are shady trees, open expanses of grass, picnic tables, and characteristic Central Texas vegetation and songbirds at Boggy Creek. A quiet place to wander.
10801 Sierra Oaks Shared Use (Hike and Bike) Not ADA Accessible Northwest 1.82 Miles
The Great Hills Park Committee was formed in 1993 as a grassroots effort to bring a park to the Great Hills area. Since then, the group has worked hard to build trails, add a picnic shelter, add a playground, exercise equipment and more.
1200 Montopolis Dr. Shared Use (Hike and Bike) Not ADA Accessible South 0.27 Miles
Barbeque Pits – 2 Basketball Courts – 1 Multipurpose Fields – 2 Picnic Shelters – 1 Picnic Tables – 6 Playgrounds – 1 Swimming Pools – 1 Trail Miles – 0.2
Here is a comprehensive list of trails in Austin. You may find some that are near that you didn't know about. Have fun outdoors!