Barton Creek Greenbelt and Violet Crown Trail

Zilker Park, Texas

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain450ft
Trailhead Elevation475ft
Top533ft
Elevation Min/Max451/533ft
Elevation Start/End475/475ft

Barton Creek Greenbelt and Violet Crown Trail

Barton Creek Greenbelt & Violet Crown Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Austin, Texas. It is within Barton Creek Greenbelt and Zilker Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 475 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 450 feet. This trail connects with the following: Barton Creek Greenbelt & Violet Crowntrail.

Barton Creek Greenbelt & Violet Crown Trail Professional Guides

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Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy
"This lengthy out-and-back hike travels up the Barton Creek canyon from Zilker Park to Twin Falls. You will see rock bluffs overlooking a clear blue stream bordered by riparian hardwood forests as well as drier woods of cedar. The beautiful canyon has deep swimming holes, beaches, and cascading falls. The high cliffs are popular with rock climbers."
Melissa Gaskill
"This greenbelt, smack in the middle of an urban area, is surprisingly wild and quiet. About the only sound along much of the route will be birds, a lot of them. The entire trail, from one end to the other, is 7.25 miles, but there are four access points, allowing hikers the chance to vary the distance."
"The hike to Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls is a magnet for nature lovers, dog walkers, waders, and mountain bikers. The trail follows Barton Creek, which splits the greenbelt and is bordered by sheer cliff walls. The creek may be dry, depending on the rainfall. Vegetation is thick, lush, and varied. This is the most popular hike in Austin. Check the kiosk at the trailhead to become familiar with the trails. Head right (north) along the canyon rim and then down. Dog walkers, mountain bikers, and folks eager to go wading share the trail. Stay to the right and be alert to speeding bikers. Take water, a hat, and sunscreen. The dirt trail is narrow and winds its way through heavy woods of oaks and cedars. Much of the trail is flat, but some climbing and careful footwork are necessary."
"The Gus Fruh Access to the Barton Creek Greenbelt provides great scenery and some difficult single-track hiking along Barton Creek. The greenbelt opened in 1985 and is the patriarch of all hiking trails within the city. These trails are best enjoyed if hiked in segments via one of the six access points."

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6/9/2006
Not regarding the trail itself but how old is this map? It doesn't show roads that have been completed for the last 10 years or more so I wonder about the accuracy of the trail info.
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5/19/2003
This is a great trail if you live close to UT campus or downtown. There can be many people there sometimes, but the trail is pretty good overall, and are fun to zip along with a bike.
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Trail Information

Zilker Park
Nearby City
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
512-974-6700; austintexas.gov/department/ parks-and-recreation
Local Contacts
NCGS Topo: Oak Hill 7.5' quad
Local Maps