Town Lake Hike and Bike

Austin, Texas 78789

Town Lake Hike and Bike

Town Lake Hike and Bike Professional Review and 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 stopping in Austin ought to check out. The path runs along the banks of Town Lake, a part of the Colorado River, traveling through Zilker Park and passing the Auditorium Shores concert area, an imposing statue of local deity Stevie Ray Vaughn, and numerous other parks and recreational spaces in a loop from west to east and back again. A ride around the Town Lake Hike and Bike should be undertaken more for the purpose of getting a look at the city of Austin than for getting in any serious bike riding.

This slow-moving, peaceful path is heavily used by walkers and joggers and their dogs and kids, often moving along three to four abreast. Be patient and move carefully; that’s what this trail is all about. There are tremendous views of the city skyline and of other parts of town from either side of the lake, making for a remarkably placid setting in the middle of town. Local treasures such as the statue of Stevie Ray Vaughn just west of the Auditorium Shores parking area and the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature train that runs through Zilker Park along the trail, are just a couple of the things that can capture your interest on the way. Tread: Mostly wide, crushed limestone path; some street."

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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)."

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The Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail is one of the best urban trails I have experienced. Its proximity to the banks of town lake, the towering trees and green understory all make it unique greenspace right in the heart of Austin, Texas. It is ideal for a run, a walk or a casual bike ride. You can see a lot of Austin from it. The trail connects to other trails and recreational attractions like the Barton Springs pool and Barton Vreek greenbelt. Don't miss this one if you find yourself in Austin.
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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
1 hour
Year-round, local conditions permitting
Austin City Parks
Local Contacts
USGS Austin West, Austin East
Local Maps

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Oct 2018