Lady Bird Lake West Loop

Austin, Texas

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This has always been the most crowded trail in the capital city, more so now since the influx of downtown condo dwellers. It’s where busy Austinites come to get their outdoor fix bikers, joggers, and slackliners throng the trail, while kayakers and stand-up paddle-boarders play in the water. To begin this loop around Lady Bird Lake on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, walk east on the south side of the river, with Zilker Park on your right. The hike as described will take you all the way to I-35 and back, but on the way you will pass Lamar Boulevard, South First Street, and Congress Avenue. At any one of these bridges you can cut the loop short. The city’s new attraction is the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk, which begins just this side of I-35 and continues past the highway into East Austin.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin

by Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This has always been the most crowded trail in the capital city, more so now since the influx of downtown condo dwellers. It’s where busy Austinites come to get their outdoor fix bikers, joggers, and slackliners throng the trail, while kayakers and stand-up paddle-boarders play in the water.

To begin this loop around Lady Bird Lake on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, walk east on the south side of the river, with Zilker Park on your right. The hike as described will take you all the way to I-35 and back, but on the way you will pass Lamar Boulevard, South First Street, and Congress Avenue. At any one of these bridges you can cut the loop short. The city’s new attraction is the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk, which begins just this side of I-35 and continues past the highway into East Austin.

© 2017 Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 6.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Daily, 5 a.m.–midnight
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: 512-974-6700; austintexas.gov/department/ parks-and-recreation
Local Maps: thetrailfoundation.org/explore/ butler-trail-maps
Driving Directions: Directions to Lady Bird Lake: West Loop

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