Town Lake Hike and Bike

Austin, Texas

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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.
Mountain Biking Texas

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Mountain Biking Texas

by Christopher Hess (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Austin City Parks
Local Maps: USGS Austin West, Austin East
Driving Directions: Directions to Town Lake Hike and Bike

Recent Trail Reviews

5/31/2007
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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.


6/24/2004
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