Lady Bird Lake Trail

Zilker Park, Texas 78783

Distance0.2mi
Elevation Gain46ft
Trailhead Elevation438ft
Top468ft
Elevation Min/Max438/468ft
Elevation Start/End438/438ft

Lady Bird Lake Trail

Lady Bird Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Austin, Texas. It is within Zilker Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 438 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 46 feet. Along the trail there is drinking water. This trail connects with the following: Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

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"Austin’s new boardwalk, which closed a more-than-a-mile-long gap in the Lady Bird Lake loop, opened in 2014 and has proved a great success, as up to 15,000 people use this part of the trail every day. This hike takes in the eastern part of the loop, crossing Longhorn Dam and coming back via the boardwalk, where you can enjoy views of the city’s skyline.

Renting a bike and riding the trail has become a popular
Austin activity, so look out for cyclists who may not be used to riding among pedestrians, or at all. With all that to look forward to, you will start by heading east on the north side of the river, walking through Festival Beach or Fiesta Gardens—the park is known by both names. People rest at the picnic benches scattered across the lush grass, enjoying the shade beneath large pecan trees."

"This has always been the most crowded trail in the capital city, more so now since the influx of downtown condo dwellers. It’s where busy Austinites come to get their outdoor fix bikers, joggers, and slackliners throng the trail, while kayakers and stand-up paddle-boarders play in the water.

To begin this loop around Lady Bird Lake on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, walk east on the south side of the river, with Zilker Park on your right. The hike as described will take you all the way to I-35 and back, but on the way you will pass Lamar Boulevard, South First Street, and Congress Avenue. At any one of these bridges you can cut the loop short. The city’s new attraction is the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk, which begins just this side of I-35 and continues past the highway into East Austin."

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Trail Information

Zilker Park
Nearby City
Zilker Park
Parks
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
512-974-6700; austintexas.gov/department/ parks-and-recreation
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