Austin, TX Trails and Parks

Austin has 90 trails in the vicinity, including 71 hiking trails and 21 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.1 to 16 miles in length. The most popular trails are Three Falls Hike at Barton Creek Greenbelt, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and Barton Creek. Trails.com member Ema R. recently completed Barton Creek Greenbelt.
  • Enchanted Rock

    13 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    About 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. An easy day hike onto and around a large granite dome. Special Attractions: Pink granite dome, rock climbing. Permit required for camping.
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    About 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. An easy day hike onto and around a large granite dome. Special Attractions: Pink ...

  • Three Falls Hike at Barton Creek Greenbelt

    5 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    This out-and-back hike begins midway along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Leave the busy Twin Falls–Gaines Access, and descend into the creek canyon. Then head upstream, passing Twin Falls, Sculpture ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This out-and-back hike begins midway along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Leave the busy Twin Falls–Gaines Access, and descend ...

  • Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

    5 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    Part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and operated as an educational resource by St. Edward’s University, these 227 acres are a rare tract of undisturbed Hill Country within the city limits. With ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and operated as an educational resource by St. Edward’s University, these 227 acres ...

  • Walnut Creek Trails

    3 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    This place is marvelous. Fine, tight single-track, with creek crossings and jumps, that swoops up and down and around and through Walnut Creek. You have to either know your way around or be led ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This place is marvelous. Fine, tight single-track, with creek crossings and jumps, that swoops up and down and around and ...

  • Walnut Creek

    3 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    A veritable maze of crisscrossing singletrack spreading out from another maze of doubletrack, this city park offers endless opportunities to get out and spin your wheels. Walnut Creek is a popular ...
    •  1 hour
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A veritable maze of crisscrossing singletrack spreading out from another maze of doubletrack, this city park offers endless ...

  • Pine Ridge Loop at McKinney Roughs Nature Park

    3 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    This hike explores the McKinney Roughs from top to bottom and back again. Start on a high plateau and trace a wild ravine, reaching a crow’s-nest promontory with far-reaching views. Descend to ...
    •  2.25 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike explores the McKinney Roughs from top to bottom and back again. Start on a high plateau and trace a wild ravine, ...

  • McKinney Falls State Park, Homestead Trail

    3 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    There is water for your dog at the restrooms and from the creek but not along the trail. The park also has campsites, including walk-in sites, screened shelters, and an interpretive center.
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    There is water for your dog at the restrooms and from the creek but not along the trail. The park also has campsites, including ...

  • Town Lake Hike and Bike

    2 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    Not a mountain bike trail as much as a multipurpose hike and bike path, the Town Lake Trail is nonetheless a ride that anyone stopping in Austin ought to check out. The path runs along the banks ...
    •  1 hour
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Not a mountain bike trail as much as a multipurpose hike and bike path, the Town Lake Trail is nonetheless a ride that anyone ...

  • Muleshoe Recreation Area

    2 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    A fun, well-planned, beautiful loop of singletrack with only moderate traffic, Muleshoe Recreation Area is a great place for bikers looking for a place to either crank out a few quick laps or ...
    •  45 minutes
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A fun, well-planned, beautiful loop of singletrack with only moderate traffic, Muleshoe Recreation Area is a great place ...

  • Inks Lake

    2 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    About 20 miles NW of Marble Falls. An easy day hike through the granite hills of Inks Lake State Park. Special Attractions: Granite Hills, spring wildflowers. Permit required for camping. Inks ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    About 20 miles NW of Marble Falls. An easy day hike through the granite hills of Inks Lake State Park. Special Attractions: ...

  • Hamilton Pool

    2 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    About 30 miles west of Austin. An easy day hike along a cypress-lined creek in the Hill Country. Special Attractions: Cypresses, collapsed grotto with swimming pool.
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    About 30 miles west of Austin. An easy day hike along a cypress-lined creek in the Hill Country. Special Attractions: Cypresses, ...

  • Pace Bend Park

    2 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    The boat ramps are popular, but other than that, this laid-back park on a Lake Travis peninsula is often largely empty. Multiuse trails crisscross the central area (a wildlife preserve) and you’ll ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The boat ramps are popular, but other than that, this laid-back park on a Lake Travis peninsula is often largely empty. Multiuse ...

  • Colorado Bend

    2 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    About 40 miles NE of Llano. An easy day hike through typical oak-juniper Hill Country. Special Attractions: Lush Hill Country grassland. Permit required for camping.
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    About 40 miles NE of Llano. An easy day hike through typical oak-juniper Hill Country. Special Attractions: Lush Hill Country ...

  • Barton Creek Greenbelt

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    A long, forested ride along the banks of Barton Creek through the middle of Austin, the Greenbelt Trail has something for everyone. The main trail is an enjoyable trek for beginners and experts ...
    •  2 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    A long, forested ride along the banks of Barton Creek through the middle of Austin, the Greenbelt Trail has something for ...

  • Spicewood Springs

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    About 45 miles NE of Llano. A moderate day hike through the Texas Country. Special Attractions: Colorado River, travertine pools and cascades, swimming hole.
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    About 45 miles NE of Llano. A moderate day hike through the Texas Country. Special Attractions: Colorado River, travertine ...

  • Pedernales Falls

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    About 40 miles west of Austin. An easy day hike through the undeveloped Hill Country of Pedernales Falls State Park. Special Attractions: Hill Country river.
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    About 40 miles west of Austin. An easy day hike through the undeveloped Hill Country of Pedernales Falls State Park. Special ...

  • Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    This is one of Austin’s most pristine nature preserves. The trails wind through granite outcrops, woods, and grasslands and near Bee Creek. A small waterfall about halfway through the hike is ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of Austin’s most pristine nature preserves. The trails wind through granite outcrops, woods, and grasslands and ...

  • Wolf Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    About 40 miles west of Austin. A moderately easy day hike through the Hill Country above the Pedernales River. Special Attractions: Hill Country River, views. Permit required for camping.
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    About 40 miles west of Austin. A moderately easy day hike through the Hill Country above the Pedernales River. Special ...

  • Town Lake

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    In Austin, an easy day hike around an urban lake. Special Attractions: Lake, accessibility. Austin has one of the finest systems of jogging and cycling trails in Texas. Many of the trails follow ...
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    In Austin, an easy day hike around an urban lake. Special Attractions: Lake, accessibility. Austin has one of the finest ...

  • Inga VanNynatten Memorial Trail at Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    If Austin didn’t already have Barton Creek, this would be the feted and popular outdoor destination. By comparison, Bull Creek Greenbelt is underused. Towering bluffs and gorgeous creek scenery ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    If Austin didn’t already have Barton Creek, this would be the feted and popular outdoor destination. By comparison, Bull ...

  • Pedernales Falls State Park, Wolf Mountain Trail

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    This hike traverses classic Texas Hill Country terrain, with views of the surrounding area and plenty of variety and a natural spring at the far end of the loop. There are distance markers at ...
    •  3.7 hours
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike traverses classic Texas Hill Country terrain, with views of the surrounding area and plenty of variety and a natural ...

  • Muleshoe Bend Trail

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    What a sweet piece of Hill Country single-track. I love this trail; it’s not too hard and it is in a nice quiet woods. We’re out in the boonies here, boys and girls. A good place to relax, or ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    What a sweet piece of Hill Country single-track. I love this trail; it’s not too hard and it is in a nice quiet woods. We’re ...

  • Dove Springs

    1 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    This is a hike for solitude and “roughing it” a bit. After a short walk along the tennis courts, the trail leads into the dense woods. Williamson Creek borders the south and east side of the ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a hike for solitude and “roughing it” a bit. After a short walk along the tennis courts, the trail leads into the ...

  • Homestead Trail

    0 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    A gorgeous, winding, wooded singletrack loop on the southeastern outskirts of Austin, the Old Homestead Trail offers a fun ride as well as an educational look at the ruins of the old McKinney ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A gorgeous, winding, wooded singletrack loop on the southeastern outskirts of Austin, the Old Homestead Trail offers a fun ...

  • Emma Long Motocross Park (City Park)

    0 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    This is the closest thing to free-riding I’ve found in Texas. A relentless series of steep drops and climbs with plenty of technical maneuvering in between, City Park, as it’s called by the locals, ...
    •  1 hour
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the closest thing to free-riding I’ve found in Texas. A relentless series of steep drops and climbs with plenty of ...