Town Lake

Austin, Texas

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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 creek drainages that flow into the Colorado River, now dammed into Town Lake. The city owns most of the property fronting the lake and has turned it into a large park. A long, improved trail was built along much of the lakeshore. The trail covers about 8.5 miles in its entirety, but this hike will follow an easy 4.5-mile loop. From the suggested starting point by the auditorium, the trail goes west through parkland along the lake, crossing under the railroad and Lamar Boulevard bridges. At the confluence of Barton Creek, the trail crosses an arched steel footbridge over the creek. Side trails continue up Barton Creek, past the Barton Springs Pool and onto the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail (Hike 39).

Town Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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 creek drainages that flow into the Colorado River, now dammed into Town Lake. The city owns most of the property fronting the lake and has turned it into a large park. A long, improved trail was built along much of the lakeshore.

The trail covers about 8.5 miles in its entirety, but this hike will follow an easy 4.5-mile loop. From the suggested starting point by the auditorium, the trail goes west
through parkland along the lake, crossing under the railroad and Lamar Boulevard bridges. At the confluence of Barton Creek, the trail crosses an arched steel footbridge over the creek. Side trails continue up Barton Creek, past the Barton Springs Pool and onto the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail (Hike 39)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Buescher State Park 512-237-2241
Local Maps: Hike and Bike Trails of Austin (Austin Parks and Recreation Department), Austin West and Austin East USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Town Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

11/30/2001
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This trail fulfills many purposes due to its central location. I work in a building adjacent to the trail and often take quick walks during lunch. The water, huge cypress trees, and sunning turtles provide a great mini-escape from the work day. I also occasionally jog on the marked four mile loop. If you are adventurous and have the time you can take a detour into the trails in Zilker Park. Barton Springs feeds into Town Lake from the park and the water there is crystal clear. This trail also passes under the Congress Avenue Bridge - home to an immense bat colony. The flight of the bats at dusk is so spectacular it has become a tourist attraction. Last of all, this trail also happens to be adjacent to the Austin fireworks displays on Independence Day.



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