The Best Outdoor Activities in Austin

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Swim at Hamilton Pool Preserve

Austin / Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve, about a 45 minute drive from Austin, TX, is one of the most beautiful places to spend a hot, Texas afternoon.

Sarah Williams
1253 Saves

Hike To Enchanted Rock

Austin / Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Once inside the park, you can't miss either parking lots that are surrounded by picnic tables and well marked signs pointing towards the trails.

Nick Tort
1110 Saves

Swim at Sculpture Falls

Austin / Scottish Woods Trailhead

Sculpture Falls is a hidden gem that is part of the 7.9 mile long Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin.

Sarah Vaughn
1004 Saves

Explore Pedernales Falls

Austin / Pedernales Falls

Pedernales Falls drops 50 feet in elevation over 3000 feet of titled, layered steps of limestone along the Pedernales River in Blanco County.

Korey Taylor
969 Saves

Cliff Jump at Jacob's Well

Austin / Jacob's Well Natural Area

Jacob's well is a 12 foot opening that goes 23 feet deep in a riverbed in central Texas and makes for an awesome spot to escape the summer heat.

Korey Taylor
922 Saves

Hike to Gorman Falls

Austin / Gorman Falls Trailhead

Gorman Falls is truly a gem of the Texas Hill Country.

Korey Taylor
904 Saves

Hike Up Mount Bonnell

Austin / Mount Bonnell

The trail up is a combination of manmade and natural stairs that take you up to the top. At the summit, you will find beautiful views of the area, and a pavilion where you can have a picnic lunch.

Kyle Obermann
677 Saves

Relax at McKinney Falls

Austin / McKinney Falls

McKinney Falls is separated into the Upper and Lower Falls along Onion Creek just 15 miles outside of Austin. The pin I dropped on the map gets you to the parking lot at the Upper Falls.

Korey Taylor
659 Saves

Camp at Inks Lake's Pecan Flats

Austin / Pecan Flats Trailhead

Inks Lake is located northwest of Austin and is home to about 200 campsites.

Sarah Vaughn
568 Saves

Hike the Riverplace Nature Trail

Austin / River Place Nature Trail Trailhead

This is a great trail to get some exercise close to downtown.

Hike the Walnut Creek Trail

Austin / Walnut Creek Trail

Walnut Creek Park has a TON of little side trails that make this a must do if you are in or near the area.

Hike to Spicewood Springs via Spicewood Canyon Trail

Austin / Spicewood Canyon Trailhead

Spicewood Spring is a spring-fed swimming hole in Colorado Bend State Park and can be reached in one of two ways. There is an out and back trail that will take about 3.

Korey Taylor
243 Saves

Sport Climbing at Milton Reimer's Ranch

Austin / Milton Reimer's Ranch

Milton Reimer's Ranch is a limestone sport-climbing crag in Dripping Springs, Texas near Austin, Texas with hundreds of routes.

Sarah Williams
219 Saves