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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hike to Gorman Falls
Austin / Gorman Falls Trailhead
Gorman Falls is truly a gem of the Texas Hill Country.
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.
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.
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.
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.