River Trail, Austin
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a gem in Austin. There are swimming holes and miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. If you love the outdoors, this is the place to go in Austin. Climbers like this place too. On a nice afternoon, bring your bathing suit and a lunch and spend the day exploring the trails. If the weather is nice, don't expect to have this place all to yourself...as it is not a hidden treasure.
Austin has a great trail for hiking along the river. You can go for miles on this gravel trail and stroll casually, run or bike. This hike will give you a great overview of the city. If you want to go for about a 4 mile hike, start out at the Congress Street Bridge and make a loop to the Mopac Bridge and back. There are a couple water stations and drinking fountains, but bring some water on a hot day.
The hike and bike trail is a really popular place for joggers and walkers as well as for spectators to the bats spectacle. It is a nice area to view the city too.
The Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue looks out over the Austin skyline from the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Bluesman Stevie Ray is honoured in a city along with Statesmen and founders.
Take a walk along the hike and bike trail around Town Lake. If you are feeling more adventurous, find your way to the Green Belt for a hike.
The Green Belt is a huge tract of land in the middle of Austin that has been left wild. It is a great place for a hike--you wouldn't even know that you were in town. However, watch out for the mountain bikers!
Depending upon the season and the amount of recent rainfall, there are some small waterfalls and Barton Creek flowing through the middle of the area.