Austin’s new boardwalk, which closed a more-than-a-mile-long gap in the Lady Bird Lake loop, opened in 2014 and has proved a great success, as up to 15,000 people use this part of the trail every day. This hike takes in the eastern part of the loop, crossing Longhorn Dam and coming back via the boardwalk, where you can enjoy views of the city’s skyline.
Renting a bike and riding the trail has become a popular
Austin activity, so look out for cyclists who may not be used to riding among pedestrians, or at all. With all that to look forward to, you will start by heading east on the north side of the river, walking through Festival Beach or Fiesta Gardens—the park is known by both names. People rest at the picnic benches scattered across the lush grass, enjoying the shade beneath large pecan trees.
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