60 Hikes within 60 Miles San Antonio and Austin  by Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin Guide Book

by Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles San Antonio and Austin  by Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy
It's time to take a hike! No more excuses like "there's nowhere to go around here," "the woods are too far from the city," or "I don't have time to wander the trails." With 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin as your guide, you have dozens of places to hike to your heart's content, and most within an hour's drive or less. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin blows the lid off the myth that you can't have a great hike close to home. The San Antonio/Austin area may be ever-expanding, but there are still plenty of super hiking options: short hikes, long hikes, hikes for kids, rural hikes, wildlife hikes, historic hikes, and many others.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

The highlight of this long loop around a plateau bordered on three sides by the Pedernales River is a grand view of the park. There are stiff climbs on the farthest section, and you must ford the river to get to the loop, but for the most part this is an easy and underused hike along old ranch roads. The hike goes through the northern portion of the park across the Pedernales River and gets much less traffic than the popular Wolf Mountain Trail. Restrooms and water are available at the trailhead and the park office.
Henly, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
This hike through the Bauer Unit of Guadalupe River State Park takes you into virgin Ashe juniper woodlands, descends to a grove of ancient oaks, and then loops around a grassy meadow. This still little-known section of the other wise popular park has no river access and is moderately hard to get to, which means it’s perfect for a quiet trek through nature. Unmentioned on the park’s website, the Bauer Unit is 661 acres of untouched juniper forest and savanna north of the Guadalupe River and deep in the ranching country on the border of Comal and Kendall Counties. The unit’s remote location and lack of facilities are a deterrent to casual park visitors who simply want to unwind by the river. But for hikers and off-road bikers, it is an exciting destination.
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
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This lengthy out-and-back hike travels up the Barton Creek canyon from Zilker Park to Twin Falls. You will see rock bluffs overlooking a clear blue stream bordered by riparian hardwood forests as well as drier woods of cedar. The beautiful canyon has deep swimming holes, beaches, and cascading falls. The high cliffs are popular with rock climbers.
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.2
This hike makes a loop over the sandy hills and dales of Bastrop State Park, now bursting with fresh life after the devastating fire of 2011. From the stone gazebo at the lookout on Park Road 1A, the Red Trail winds south along Copperas Creek before breaking off to join the Orange Trail and heading back to the start point.
Bastrop, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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The Lost Pines were indeed nearly lost in the great fire of 2011, Texas’s worst wildfire, but replanting efforts have reinvigorated the forest, and fresh growth is everywhere. Much of the park remains closed, however, and with it half of the celebrated Lost Pines Trail. This shortened version, now called the Purple Trail, takes you to Harmon Road and back. Efforts are under way to reopen the rest of the trail, but no date has been made public.
Bastrop, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
Get a workout on this hike climbing up rocky slopes to rewarding vistas. Government Canyon State Natural Area is the setting for a trek that briefly visits the boundary of hill and grassland before climbing onto rocky wooded prominences with extensive views of the Hill Country of northwest San Antonio.
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
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This hike traces an old roadbed along the North Fork San Gabriel River at the western end of Lake Georgetown, passing impressive bluffs on the way. It then opens to a flat meadow before reaching a sharp turn in the river, where more cliffs offer extensive views.
Andice, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
This hike across the Williamson County town of Cedar Park makes use of another expanding greenway of the greater capital region. The trail travels along heavily wooded South Brushy Creek to Brushy Creek Lake and continues through three more greenbelt areas before ending at Fern Bluff, with views aplenty along the way.
Cedar Park, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
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This lengthy loop explores high highs and low lows of the Government Canyon State Natural Area backcountry, heading up a wild and luxuriant canyon before climbing to breezy summits. Far-reaching views from two vista points are the reward here. The last part of the circuit visits the restored savanna of the frontcountry.
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
A success story on ever y level, Boerne’s Cibolo Nature Center protects 100 acres of wetland and riparian forest while welcoming more than 100,000 visitors a year. Education programs are available for adults and for children, who will love the wetland boardwalk and dinosaur tracks.
Boerne, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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This trail might surprise Central Texas hikers used to the limestone and cedar of the Hill Country. You will pass through dense hardwood savanna and traverse open areas over-looking sleepy inlets to reach a fishing camp in a green glade that feels a long way from the demands of civilization. The combination of moist surroundings and rich bottomland is reminiscent of eastern forests. Granger Lake, formed by a dam on the San Gabriel River, is rimmed with willow, not cypress, and the bottomland is covered with oak, elm, cottonwood, hackberry, and pecan trees. There are some lovely views of the leafy San Gabriel Valley from Farm to Market Road 1331 as you approach the park.
Taylor, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
This hike travels up and around a historic hill in northeast San Antonio. A paved trail ascends to a medieval-looking tower and an overlook with stupendous views of the city.
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
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Justifiably gaining in popularity, this section of the Good Water Loop is one of the best hikes in the area. After tunneling through the cedar breaks that give the park its name, the route opens onto tall bluffs with grand views over Lake Georgetown. The destination is Crockett Falls, where a spring rains down an overhanging rock.
Georgetown, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Opened in 2006, this city of San Antonio natural area offers an excellent loop hike in a canyon that serves as a recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer and a home for native flora and fauna.
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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Explore rocky coves and headlands along the lake, walk through dense woodland, and enjoy the view from limestone peaks at this uncrowded park on the shore of Stillhouse Hollow Lake, part of the Lampasas River.
Harker Heights, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
This trail makes the most of the odd-shaped tract of land surrounding the Little League field. Hikers and bikers can wander along the creek and through dense woodland where the birdsong can be louder than the traffic on Landa Street.
New Braunfels, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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The city of Leon Valley has expanded around Friedrich Wilderness Park, the setting for this loop, and the well-tended preserve gets heavy use, especially on weekends. Who wouldn’t want to get their exercise in such a pristine slice of Hill Country? For hikers, this first-rate trek delivers steep climbs to high outcrops, varied environments, and an abundance of Central Texas plant life. San Antonians have taken to the Friedrich Wilderness Park, enthusiastically using the preserve's nearly 6 miles of trails for running and walking, as well as hiking. We can imagine that Norma Friedrich Ward, who bequeathed the park's original 180 acres to the city in memory of her parents, would be happy to see the land both enjoyed and in good health. The preserve is a delicate ecosystem, and the rules require that it be treated as such. No pets or bicycles are allowed, and fires and smoking are also prohibited.
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
This hike follows Government Canyon in the state natural area that bears its name to an overlook and old ranch house. Nearby are springs and dinosaur tracks. On the return journey, wander through a grove of live oaks hung with Spanish moss that was home to early inhabitants of the land.
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
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Central Texans flock here to cool off in the Guadalupe River, but the park also offers easy hiking on multiuse trails that loop through live oak savanna and along bluffs above the river.
Bulverde, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
The Canyon Lake Tailrace offers anglers the best fly-fishing in the state and hikers a quiet getaway through the woods along the Guadalupe River. The walk offers a chance to learn the names of various species of riparian flora.
New Braunfels, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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