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7 Best Hiking Trails in Austin

The Barton Creek  Greenbelt
It is a popular site for rock climbing and mountain biking.
When it’s showered with heavy rainfall you can also enjoy swimming, cliff diving, kayaking, and tubing.
It is a good spot for trail runners to practice trail running as it boasts a nearly 1000 ft. of vertical advantage in 3 miles.
River Place Nature Trail
They also welcome fur friends, provided you keep your dog on leash.
It is a beautiful place to spot the white tailed deer among other animals.
McKinney Falls State Park
Various birds like Northern cardinal, Scissor-tailed flycatcher, Painted bunting, Blue jay etc. can also be seen.
The Bull Creek District Park
It is popular for fishing, swimming and hiking.
It is also famous among rock climbers to practice on their large limestone ridges.
Mayfield Nature Preserve
It features an 1870’s built cottage and a dock with picturesque views of Lake Austin.
Every bit of its gardens look pretty with wandering peacocks around.
This trail has series of, over the water bridges atop the Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River.
Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
A pathway through luscious green trees leads you to Lamar and Waller beaches.
The trail’s unique feature is the passage beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge that houses thousands of bats. They are quite a sight to catch when they fill up the sky as the sun sets in the summer months.
It has beautiful prairie meadows and a small swimming hole with a rope swing. This place offers two main trails, The Creek Trail and The Hill Trail.
St. Edwards Park
The Creek Trail is an easier option and ideal for families. It’s over 3 km in stretch when covered to and fro. And provides views of sheer rock faces.
The Hill Trail is a moderately challenging one. Once up the limestone bluffs, you can see the clear waters of Bull creek. A sight you don't want to miss!

 Aishwarya Swamy

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Michael Weidner, Joe Cox, Erin Wilson, Brady Rogers, Tomek Baginski, Callum Blacoe