Austin is well known for being an active city – fitness and outdoor activities are a highlight for many locals. One reason is the abundance of trails, paths and hikes available to its residents. While there are too many trails or paths to put together in just one list, here are some of our top trails to check out in the area. We tried to add different trails from different areas all around our city so you always have one close to you and you have ideas of different trails to check out in the area you might not be familiar with as well!
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of the most popular and longest trails in the Austin area. Out and back, it is 13.8 miles and heavily trafficked with numerous activity options. Dogs are permitted on this trail and it is accessible year-round.
Twin Falls & Sculpture Falls Via Barton Creek Greenbelt
Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls are part of the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail but are two of the most popular spots along the route. Don’t miss these falls!
Lady Bird Lake Trail
This trail runs next to downtown Austin with numerous bridges and over-water stretches. Ten miles in all, this loop has great views of Austin. It is accessible year-round and pet friendly!
Walnut Creek Trail
Located within Walnut Creek Metro Park in North Austin, this 1.3 mile loop trail includes a river and is accessible year-round. The creek is a common place for dogs to play and people to sunbathe and there are other interconnecting trails to explore
Onion Creek and Homestead Loop
McKinney Falls State Park is a popular stop in the Austin area and features the Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop. They are good for all skill levels and allow dogs as long as they are leashed. The waterfall is a popular spot but reservations are required during COVID-19 so make sure to check the park’s website before setting out.
Great Hills Park Trail
Great Hills Park Trail is a 2.3 mile loop located in Northwest Austin at Quarries Park. The trail is great for hiking, walking and trail running and will allow leashed-dogs with you.
Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt
Close by Great Hills Park Trail is another great trail, the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail. This trail is 2.2 miles with beautiful wildflowers!
Lake Austin – 360 Bridge Overlook
The 360 Bridge Overlook provides one of the most popular photo spots in all of Austin. The hike up from 360 is a little steep but short and the views at the top make it all worth it. You’ll probably recognize the Pennybacker Bridge over Lake Austin from postcard and tourism photos – you’ll want to stop to take your own too! There is a gradual path off the top running about 1.7 miles.
Mount Bonnell Trail
Mount Bonnell Trail is one of the shortest in the Austin area – only .5 miles. In reality, it is a short climb up the steps to the top of Mount Bonnell. At the top, you’ll find great Austin views and picnic areas to rest or relax.
Three Falls Hike
Another trail on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Three Falls Hike is 7.3 miles out and back with a waterfall and activity options along the way.
Austin is a great place to live with plenty of indoor and outdoor activity options! Did we list your favorite trail or hike?! Let us know your favorite in the comments below!