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The Best Hiking Spots in Austin

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When you’re looking for an escape from the concrete jungle, there’s no better place to go than the hiking trails around Austin. We are lucky enough to live in a city filled with people who love spending time outdoors and even more lucky to have so many options for hiking in or around Austin!

We’ve put together a list of the best hiking spots in Austin, so make sure to check them out as a part of your weekend schedule and circle back to UNATION for what do after!

1. 360 Overlook

This short hike leads you up to a prime rock spot that overlooks the Colorado River and Pennybacker Bridge.

The hike is located off N Capital of Texas Highway and you can find parking on the right side of the Highway approaching the bridge.

๐Ÿ—“ Open 24 Hoursย 
๐Ÿ“ 5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78730

Barton Creek is an Austin staple known for hiking, swimming, biking, rock climbing, and bird watching. The Violet Crown Trail runs through most of the Barton Greenbelt, starting at the Zilker entrance and ending at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | 5AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“ 3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy B, Austin, TX 78704

As part of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Southern Walnut Creek Trail has over seven miles of sidewalk trails through the scenic flatland and water features. The trail travels through several neighborhoods and is designed to accommodate a variety of activities.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | 5AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“Bolm Rd, Austin, TX 78721

4. Mount Bonnell

This short hike is actually considered the highest point in Austin. The pavilion at the top offers an incredible view of the Texas hill country and the astonishing homes located along the Colorado River.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | 5AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“3800 Mount Bonnell Rd, Austin, Texas 78731

Bull Creek District Park is named after the creek that runs through the 48 acres of the city park. The greenbelt is popular for its numerous hiking trails, but the park is also great for mountain biking, volleyball, and swimming.
ย 
๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | 5AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin, TX 78731

The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, a part of Travis County Parks, is home to 227 acres of woodlands and offers 2.5 miles of hiking trails.

The Creative Research center is open to the public as an information hub about the property but also serves student education and research.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | Temporarily Closedย 
๐Ÿ“805 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746

7. Mckinney Falls State Park

Mckinney Falls is full of winding trails through the woods and is accompanied by Onion Creek flowing over limestone. In addition to scenic hiking, you can explore an old homestead, geocache, bike, fish, and swim.

๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | 8AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744ย 

๐Ÿ“ธ Josh Gladbro

River Place Nature Trail is home to three hiking trails: Canyon,ย  Little Fern, and Panther Hollow, that all converge at Panther Junction. Regulars often hike this site in training and preparation for upcoming strenuous and long-distance hikes.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | 6AMโ€“9PM
๐Ÿ“8820 Big View Dr, Austin, TX 78730

St. Edwards Park and Greenbelt are 80 acres of hiking and swimming spots. The two-mile round trip trail has a swimming hole with a rope swing, stunning bluff views, and is dog-friendly!ย 

๐Ÿ—“ Every Day | 5AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“7301 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759

This hiking spot includes 81 acres filled with scenic trails and a dog park. You can’t go wrong with a stroll through Shoal Creek!

๐Ÿ—“ Open 24 Hoursย 
๐Ÿ“ 2600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705

This trail wraps around Lady Bird Lake, previously known as Town Lake. It is the most recognized trail in Austin with more than 2.6 million people visiting the 10-mile trail every year.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ Open 24 Hours
๐Ÿ“ Multiple Access Points

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Christina Pennell

Christina Pennell

Christina is a UNATION team memberย and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe to our text and email, and follow us on social!

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