ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS: THE BEST PLACES TO HIKE IN AUSTIN

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Reason 97 Of Why You Should Move To Austin: Hiking Trails

“Austin is seriously the place to be if you are looking for hiking trails and exploring in the great outdoors.”
-Yelp user, Nancy T.

We Austinites are very fortunate in our location. Even though we live in a vibrant and industrious city, Mother Nature is not far from reach on any given day. We’re surrounded by lakes, rivers, wildlife, and forests—all of which are only a short drive away.

So to help you get out and enjoy the fresh air and take in the best Austin has to offer, we pulled together 8 of the places we like to go out and hike when we take a break from the office.

  1. Mount Bonnell
    3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731

    Sitting serenely off the shores of Lake Austin and the Colorado River, Mount Bonnell features beautiful vistas to take in no matter which direction you turn. It’s an easy climb to the top and the sunrises, sunsets, and view of the Downtown skyline are quite the scene to take in.
  2. Great Hills Park Trail
    10801 Sierra Oaks, Austin, TX 78759
    This little hidden gem of a trail offers spring-fed water features and plenty of shade. There’s a playground for the kids (and kids at heart) as well as a boulder for rock climbing. You can also bring Fido along and even let your pup roam about off leash.
  3. Bull Creek Park
    6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin, TX 78758
    You’ll want to bring your river shoes for any hike along the Bull Creek Park trails. There are rocks to climb, gorgeous scenes to take in, and plenty of swimming holes to explore and cool off in.
  4. River Place Nature Trail
    4998 River Pl Blvd, Austin, TX 78730
    Hiking all alongside the bubbling creek on this trail will give you a great workout. With its occasional inclines, it’s by no means an easy hike, but it’s not extremely difficult either. It is, however, about 30-minutes from Downtown, but well-worth the drive.
  5. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
    805 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746
    This connection of trails features a beautiful waterfall and lots of ups and downs all along the way. It’s another great workout, but because there are eight interconnected trails, you’ll want to either plan out your route beforehand or carry a map. This preserve is close to Downtown, which makes it a great spot to escape to in the middle of the day.
  6. Barton Creek Greenbelt
    3755-B S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704
    A gorgeous hike with plenty of swimming holes to wade in, Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of the best places to enjoy nature in Austin. Whether you’re down to swim, bike, hike, or run, you’ll enjoy every moment of your time in this park.
  7. Mills Pond
    15099 Mallard Green Ln, Austin, TX 78728
    While this is more of a walking trail, than an actual hike, we still wanted to include this peaceful spot. There’s a meditation garden where you can sit and reflect on your day or you can walk to the pier to watch and feed the ducks. We always leave Mills Pond feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
  8. Brushy Creek Regional Trail
    Brushy Creek Regional Trl, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    There’s plenty to see and do all along this popular path. The trail itself is mostly flat (with a few steep sections along the way) and lends itself well to bike rides, runs, or long walks with dogs, friends, or kids. There are places to picnic or wade in the water and plenty of rock climbing and exploring to do.

This Is Why You Move To Austin: Hiking Trails

Some of these trails are tucked away in local neighborhoods so be sure to keep your eyes peeled when you’re seeking them out. And if you’re looking to buy a property that’s hiking trail adjacent, contact us today!