Hikes Around Town

These are some favorite outdoor pockets to explore on foot.

In the heart of Austin is the 10mi. Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, an urban path through the city along town lake. You don’t have to do the whole 10 miles either, there are several loops that are shorter. But be sure to make time to see the boardwalk!

Bull Creek

This trail has some of the highest elevations in the city and lots of great switchbacks with views. There is a 5 and a 10-mile loop. And when there's water in the creek there's a great swimming hole too.

Spyglass

This Barton Creek Greenbelt trailhead provides a 13-mile trip to the Hill of Life at about a 400-ft elevation. 

Walnut Creek Park

The park has 7 trails available for hiking, biking and running. The short loop is an easy 1.1 miles while the Walnut Creek Metro Loop is 8.8 miles.

Turkey Creek at Emma Long Park

This 2.8 mile trail is moderately difficult with a rocky and rooty terrain.

Onion Creek and Homestead Trail

6.8 miles, moderately difficult with outstanding views and swimming holes.

Mary Moore Searight

This is an easy 2.1 mile trail that has connections to many other trails within the park.

Mckinney Roughs

Just a bit outside the city there are 3 and 4 mile trails here that can be looped together.