Water is one of the great benefits of Austin and the surrounding counties. The Colorado River runs through the heart of Austin. In the area, we also have the Pedernales River, the Comal River, the Guadalupe River, the San Marcos River and many creeks, lakes, campgrounds, and water features to enjoy. So, if you are a water person, Austin is your town.
Below we cover some of the great spots to indulge your desire to be in or on the water:
1) Lady Bird Lake, Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail + Zilker Park
Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail is one of the most often mentioned features of Austin and a great place to dog-walk. It’s downtown, and it’s ten miles of trail, with local restaurants and bars close by. There’s also lots of opportunity to get on the water in paddle boards, paddle boats, river cruises, and party barges.
2) Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt
The Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt has always been one of the, “hang out”, places in Austin. It’s a great place to get wet and cool off on those hot summer days.
3) McKinney Falls State Park
Close in to Austin, it’s a state park that have great water access, “the falls”, and is one of Texas’ early homesteads. It has 81 campsites, all with water and electric hookups, along with cabins you can rent. Make your reservations well in advance to be sure you get a spot.
4) Pedernales Falls State Park
A little further out but a great place to access the Pedernales river and the falls. This state park has camp sites with water and electricity and an Equestrian Group Camp.
5) Comal and Guadalupe Rivers (New Braunfels)
Tubing anyone? Check your search engine for places to get in the water and tube down the Comal River. A great way to spend the day! The river is also used by Schlitterbahn and is close to the famous Gruene Hall, Texas’ oldest dance hall.
6) Blanco and San Marcos Rivers (San Marcos)
Another tubing favorite is San Marcos. Again, check your search engine of choice to find tubing in and around San Marcos. San Marcos is the home of Texas State University. There’s always lots of places near the water to eat and consume an adult beverage.
7) Lake Travis
Another one of the crown jewels of Austin, Lake Travis is fairly large and 180 feet deep or deeper in some parts. A great place to take your boat, wake board, swim and ski. There are several restaurants around the lake and live entertainment is also available.
8) Lake Austin
Lake Austin is just up the river from Lady Bird Lake. It’s a great place to take your boat, wake board, ski and take in local restaurants.