Enjoy Austin's Natural Beauty at 5 Great Walking/Running Trails

October 18, 2016

Walking_Paths_Austin.jpgAmong its many other amazing attractions, Austin is a paradise for outdoor lovers and fitness enthusiasts. Take advantage of these great walking and running trails within convenient access of our Springs at Lakeline and Springs at Round Rock apartment communities.

1. Barton Creek Greenbelt
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

After a few minutes on the Barton Creek trail, you'll forget you're actually just minutes from downtown Austin. The 7.2-mile trail has several access points and it's well-marked so even newcomers can easily find their way. After your run or hike, cool off with a dip in the swimming holes at popular landmarks Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls.

2. Lady Bird Lake
1820 S Lakeshore Blvd
Hours: 5 a.m. to midnight daily

The 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Trail circles the banks of a scenic lake named after one of Austin's most beloved figures. Stunning views of the downtown skyline highlight the boardwalk, which is made up of a series of bridges spanning the water. Be sure to check out the belts embossed with song lyrics from well-known Texas songwriters that stud the boardwalk's railings as part of Austin's "Art in Public Places" program.

3. Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 N Lamar Blvd
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

With 15 miles of meandering trails, you'll have a different experience each time you visit Walnut Creek. The dog-friendly grounds are heavily wooded for a true wilderness feel that provides welcome coolness on hot days. Other amenities include a swimming pool, volleyball and basketball courts, BBQ pits and a kids' play area, so why not make a whole day of your visit?

4. Mueller's Lake Park
4550 Mueller Blvd
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

This charming 30-acre park forms the centerpiece of Mueller, a mixed-use urban village where every resident lives no more than 600 feet from greenbelt space. The trail circles a lake with a spouting fountain that's home to several ducks and geese. You can also hike and run along the 10-foot-wide greenway trails that feature native Texas plants along with public art.

5. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
805 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily

Shorter trails and easy terrain make this spot a great choice for kids and novice hikers/walkers, while the more advanced can get a good workout by covering all the trails. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the babbling brook and waterfall that's particularly lovely after a rainfall. The on-site Creative Research Center gives guided hikes so you can learn about the preserve's native plants and wildlife.

Have you discovered another great trail in Austin? Tell us about it in the comments!

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