Austin, Texas

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Austin

  • Cedar Creek, Texas

    Pine Ridge Overlook

    4.5
    2.95 mi
    Pine Ridge Overlook is one of the longest hikes at McKinney Roughs Nature Area offering 2.7 miles through piney woods that overlook valleys and offer glimpses of the Colorado River. McKinney Roughs is considered a nature and learning park and requires a $5 entrance fee per-person at the Visitor ...
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  • Spicewood, Texas

    Camp at Pace Bend Park

    4.4
    Pace Bend is a favorite camping and day use destination near Austin, Texas. The park is approximately 45 minutes West of Austin located off of Hwy 71 and offers visitors a wide range of recreational activities. There is an entrance fee of $10 per vehicle for Day Use only and $15 per vehicle for p...
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  • Spicewood, Texas

    Climb at Pace Bend Park

    The "must have" campsite is along Marshall Cove in Pace Bend Park. From the park's entrance head straight along the road and take the 3rd left onto the Marshall Cove turnout. The sites are not numbered, but locating the site is pretty easy--it's on the left-hand side of the the road along the edg...
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  • Leander, Texas

    Hike the Cactus Rocks Trail

    2.0
    1.01 mi / 177 ft gain
    The Cactus Rocks Trail is located in Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge near Leander, Texas. The trail is a 1 mile loop perfect for kids, hikers, trail runners, and birding expeditions (watch for the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species). You will see a variety of naturally oc...
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  • Leander, Texas

    Hike the Vista Knoll Loop

    2.0
    0.89 mi / 223 ft gain
    The Vista Knoll Loop is a .9 mile hike, accessible year round. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. The trail offers great views of Lake Travis, with good wildlife viewing opportunities. 
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  • Round Mountain, Texas

    Explore Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

    0.7 mi / 80 ft gain
    Located about 25 miles from downtown Austin, Westcave Preserve is a beautiful and family-friendly day adventure. The trail is out-and-back about .7 miles long. It leads down into a very lush green canyon filled with a variety of plant species and ferns. At the end of the trail is the main feature...
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  • Leander, Texas

    Explore Dinosaur Tracks in Leander

    4.1
    1 mi
    About a half mile west from the Hwy 183 bridge that crosses the South Fork of the San Gabriel River lies approximately 12 dinosaur footprints embedded in the river bed. Not many people know about the dinosaur tracks just northwest of Austin in Leander, Texas. This is not a marked trail, there ar...
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  • Spicewood, Texas

    Hike through Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

    5.0
    5.4 mi / 365 ft gain
    Spend all day wandering the endless fields of bluebonnets above the banks of the Colorado River in this hill country oasis. MuleshoeBend Recreation Area is just 50 minutes outside of Austin in Spicewood, TX. It has 540 acres of trails, camping, and picnic tables. The highlight of this park is the...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Hike San Gabriel River From Blue Hole

    10.4 mi / 380 ft gain
    San Gabriel River from Blue Hole is a 10.4 mile out and back hike that follows along the North San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas. The trail is moderately trafficked. A large majority of the trail is paved, shaded, and well-maintained. It provides beautiful views of the river with an abundan...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Hike the Pickett Trail

    3.5
    1.7 mi / 66 ft gain
    The trail features a gorgeous river, and is enjoyable for all skill levels. Dogs are allowed to use this trail, but must be kept on leash.  Parking at Blue Hole Park is relatively easy. Once parked, head west down the river for about a quarter mile and you'll find some picnic tables and a pavili...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Hike the San Gabriel River Trail

    7.6 mi / 498 ft gain
    The San Gabriel River trailhead is found within Cedar Breaks Park, just northeast of Georgetown, Texas. The trail is a 7.6 mile moderate out-and-back trail. The trail is heavily trafficked and even more so on weekends. There are several inclines and declines, but nothing too significant. The trai...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Crockett Gardens and Falls

    4.5
    7.68 mi / 1030 ft gain
    This is a 7.6 mile out-and-back trail snaking along the banks of Lake Georgetown. The trailhead is located in Cedar Breaks Park. There is no fee to hike the trail however there are fees for camping, boating, or picnicking so be sure to tell the attendants you are just there to hike. Once through ...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Good Water Loop

    5.0
    25.58 mi / 2241 ft gain
    The Good Water Loop is a loop trail around the San Gabriel River through Russel Park and Sawyer Park. Just outside of Georgetown, Texas, this trail is perfect for a lengthy trail run or for an overnight backpacking trip. This trail is open year-round, and dogs are allowed to use this trail if kep...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Hike Good Water Trail Loop From Cedar Breaks

    10.1 mi / 688 ft gain
    The Good Water Trail Loop from Cedar Breaks is a 10.1 mile loop hike that begins within Cedar Breaks Park, just northeast of Georgetown, Texas. The trail is heavily trafficked and even more so on weekends. There are several inclines and declines, but nothing too significant. The trail has rough t...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike the Spring Lake Preserve Loop

    4.31 mi / 380 ft gain
    The Spring Lake Preserve Trail is a 4.3 mile loop trail located within the The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos, Texas. The hike offers beautiful and scenic lake views. It's perfect for families and those of all ages. There are a wide variety of nature and wildlife spott...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Spring Lake Wetlands

    5.0
    0.65 mi / 39 ft gain
    The Spring Lake Wetland Walk is a 0.7 mile loop hike located in The Meadows Center for Water and Environment. It's a great walk with a self-guided tour purposed for learning about the surrounding nature, wildlife, and invasive species. This area is not particularly great for exercising or anythin...
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