Austin, Texas

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Austin

  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Western Oaks Trail

    1.74 mi / 49 ft gain
    The Western Oaks Trail is a 1.7 mile trail located in the Legend Oaks neighborhood in Southwest Austin, Texas. The trail is looping however there are several interconnecting trails which can shorten or lengthen the duration of the hike. The trail is mostly flat and made of crushed gravel. It is p...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Take a Stroll on the Dick Nichols Park Trail

    1.09 mi / 16 ft gain
    The Dick Nichols Park Trail is a 1 mile loop neighborhood park trail located in Southwest Austin. The trail is completely flat and is entirely paved. It circles the park and is equally shaded and exposed. It's very kid-friendly and perfect for walking the dog, biking, trail running, hiking, and e...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Lost Trail

    1.5 mi / 52 ft gain
    Lost Trail is a 1.3 mile loop hike through the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt in northwest Austin, Texas. The trail features a beautiful waterfall, an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers, several benches, and many beautiful scenes. During the wet season, the creek fills up and flows very nicely. T...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Mary Moore Searight Park Trail

    2.1 mi / 65 ft gain
    The outer loop trail at Mary Moore Searight park is 2.1 miles and is interconnected by several smaller trails, which can be used to shorten the length of the hike. The trail is relatively easy with very few inclines and declines. The trail is mostly very thin crushed gravel and great for an easy ...
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  • Garfield, Texas

    Hike the Southeast Metropolitan Park Primitive Trail

    4.0
    2.17 mi / 223 ft gain
    The Southeast Metropolitan Park Primitive Trail is a quick 2.3 mile hike, perfect for families, hikers, and trail runners. This trail is dog friendly, and is open for use year round. This hike is lightly trafficked, so this is a great place to go if you are looking for some solitude. 
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  • Austin, United States

    Riverplace Nature Trail

    4.4
    5.41 mi / 768 ft gain
    This is a great trail to get some exercise close to downtown Austin, Texas. The trail at Natural Preserve at River Place is well maintained and has stairs and plenty of elevation gain to make your legs a little wobbly by the time you get back to your car. The trail is a 5.5-mile out-and-back hike...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Great Hills Park Trail

    2.31 mi / 127 ft gain
    The Great Hills Park trail is a 2.3 mile point-to-point nature trail found within the Great Hills neighborhood of Northwest Austin. The trail is perfect for cycling, hiking, or just for taking a regular walk. The hike features a multitude of wildlife and is primarily shaded. There are several bat...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Little Fern Trail

    0.5 mi / 140 ft gain
    The Little Fern Trail is a 1.9 mile out-and-back hike that is a part of the River Place Nature Trail. It is perfect for hiking, walking, running, and biking. The trail is open for use year-round and is easy to follow, with lots of small, side waterfalls and lush greenery scattered along. The tree...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike or Bike the Walnut Creek Trail

    3.7
    4.4 mi / 190 ft gain
    Walnut Creek Park has a TON of little side trails that make this a must do if you are in or near the area. This particular trail (1 of 2 major ones) is a 15 mile loop but can be done as a shorter out and back. Once you park in the parking lot head southwest to find the trailhead and you're good t...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Walnut Creek Metro Loop

    4.0
    8.8 mi / 534 ft gain
    Walnut Creek Metro Loop is an 8.8 mile loop hike located within Walnut Creek Metro Park in north Austin, Texas. The trail is moderately hiked and relatively easy. It's great for walking/running/cycling. There are many smaller trails that connect portions of the main loop and it's easy to get conf...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Bull Creek Loop

    4 mi / 100 ft gain
    Part park, part preserve, St. Edwards Park is not too well known, even among long time Austin residents. It's hidden away on old Spicewood Springs Road, beyond the Loop 360 boundary beyond which most people do not venture. The park consists of two parts, one park and one preserve. The portion of ...
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  • Austin, Texas

    St. Edwards Park Greenbelt Loop

    0.75 mi / 43 ft gain
    Parked in parking lot and walked yellow trail until it met up with the river then followed the river to the blue, purple, green trails back to parking lot. With many stops for photographs this little loop took less than an hour. North red is a little trail is longer. Where the yellow/orange/red ...
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  • Austin, Texas

    St. Edwards Green and Red Loop

    2.8 mi / 328 ft gain
    St. Edwards Green and Red Loop is a 2.7 mile loop hike located in northwest, Austin, Texas. The trail is heavily trafficked, but has a great nature scene, including a multitude of bird species and wildflowers. Bull creek flows through the trail, creating a waterfall at one point which makes for a...
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  • Austin, Texas

    St. Edwards Park Yellow & Blue Trails

    4.7
    1.24 mi
    St. Edwards Park offers 2 main trails taking you along a creek, up hill trails with gorgeous views from atop a bluff, through exposed meadows filled with prairie grasses and cacti, and to a small swimming hole with a rope swing. The Creek Trail is a much easier, family friendly hike compared to ...
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  • Lakeway, Texas

    Hike Hamilton Greenbelt

    5.1 mi / 374 ft gain
    The Hamilton Greenbelt is a 5.1 mile out-and-back neighborhood hike located in Lakeway, just 15 miles outside of downtown Austin. The trail is located in a neighborhood and is extremely well-maintained. At the entrance of the trail you will find a little garden area with a small waterfall and a s...
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  • Cedar Park, Texas

    Hike the Brushy Creek Regional Trail

    4.5
    6.5 mi / 85 ft gain
    Park in the big lot off E Little Elm Trail Road (see map) to access the trailhead. Trail is accessible year round and is dog-friendly. 
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