Three Falls Hike at Barton Creek Greenbelt

Austin, Texas

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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 Falls, and finally Bench Falls at Lost Creek. I recommend saving this hike until after a good rain, when the falls become attractive swimming holes.
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 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 Falls, and finally Bench Falls at Lost Creek. I recommend saving this hike until after a good rain, when the falls become attractive swimming holes.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 6.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m
Local Contacts: 512-974-6700; austintexas.gov/department/ parks-and-recreation
Local Maps: tinyurl.com/bartongreenbeltmap
Driving Directions: Directions to Three Falls Hike at Barton Creek Greenbelt

Recent Trail Reviews

5/30/2010
0

For Texas this trail had lots of shade to help reduce the heat (nearly 100 degrees). The variety along the lake side was outstanding with a nice blend of corral rock and then flat trails. So as a moderate trail it did have some fun rocky areas. The overlooks of Georgetown lake are very nice and easily accessible. We ended up going about 4.5 hours for 12.5 miles round trip. Advice - bring plenty of water since it is a fairly dry heat and can quick dehydrate you without feeling it. Also, be sure that when you head out on the trail that you are on the right one. there are a couple of short loop trails and a much longer trail along the lake side. The Trail guide is right on, just make sure to read it carefully before going :p Enjoy!!


7/28/2009
1

Nice even trail along edge of Georgetown Lake with some nice views. Relatively flat and easy walk (3.5 hrs out and back). Limited shade. Bring lots of water (esp this summer -100 degrees plus). Crocket Gradens is a beautiful cool spot to rest and take in view. No falls to speak of this time. Only saw one other group on trail. Will do complete loop once a bit cooler.


11/22/2008
2

The Trail Guide describes this trail exactly! If you bring your dog make sure you equip them with paw boots. There are a lot of sharp volcanic rocks that will cut up a dog's paw pads. I saw one couple carry their small dog out. My dog got a cut through her boot but not her pads. There are alot of brambles at Crockett Springs and you will spend a few minutes picking them out of you dog's coat. The scenery along where the trail skirts next to the lake is great. The trail is well maintained.


4/5/2008
2

Lake Georgetown is absolutely beautiful. The variety on the trail was fantastic. Very scenic. The water was a lovely green and the bluffs were amazing. While the falls were "amazing", they sure were pretty and we enjoyed picnicking near them. The trailhead was difficult to locate, but the trip was definitely worth it. I would recommend this trail to any hiker.


12/10/2007
0

Gentle trail with sufficient variety to make it interesting. Falls are not particularly impressive, at least in December. Directions from I35 to trailhead in "60 Hikes..." trail guide are poor unless one is a local.



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