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)."