Austin, Texas

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Austin

  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike the Ringtail Ridge Trail

    4.0
    1.93 mi / 91 ft gain
    This trail is shared by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and dog walkers. The trail is open for use year round, featuring beautiful wildflowers in the spring.  The trail can be slightly hard to spot - a good place to park is next to a church off Old Hwy 80, and a spur trail will take you t...
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  • Wimberley, Texas

    Old Baldy Trail

    0.17 mi / 92 ft gain
    Old Baldy Trail is a 0.2 mile out-and-back trail located between FM 2325 and FM 12 in Wimberley, Texas. The trail leads to the summit of a large hill with an overlook of the town  and its surrounding area. It's a great location for a picnic or to just hang out and definitely worth the effort. Fa...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Dante's Trail And Backend Loop

    2.5 mi / 213 ft gain
    The Dante's Trail and Backend Loop is a 2.5 mile loop hike located within the Purgatory Creek Greenspace area just south of San Marcos, Texas. This particular section of the Greenspace is made of flattened crushed gravel and is mostly shaded. The trail is very well maintained and several benches ...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Purgatory Creek Overlook Via Dante's Trail

    2.8 mi / 209 ft gain
    The Purgatory Creek Overlook via Dante's Trail is a 2.8 mile out-and-back hike located within the Purgatory Creek Greenspace area just south of San Marcos, Texas. This particular section of the Greenspace is made of flattened crushed gravel and is mostly shaded. The trail is very well maintained ...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Limbo, Dante, Old West, Beatrice, And Ovid East Loop

    5.0
    3 mi / 131 ft gain
    The Limbo, Dante, Old West, Beatrice, and Ovid East Loop is a 2.98 mile loop trail that begins in Prospect Park and makes a  loop around through the Purgatory Greenspace in San Marcos, Texas. The trail is mostly shaded and a little rocky at certain sections. However, this is a great hiking trail ...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Limbo, Dante, and Ripheus Loop

    2 mi / 98 ft gain
    The Limbo, Dante, and Ripheus Loop is a 2-mile loop hike in San Marcos, Texas found within the Purgatory Creek Green space. The trail is a filled with nature and is perfect for escaping the business of town. The trail is beautiful during the spring, with an abundance of wildflowers. It is mostly ...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Limbo Loop

    1 mi / 55 ft gain
    The Limbo Loop is a 1-mile loop hike in San Marcos, Texas found within the Purgatory Creek Green space. The trail is a filled with nature and wildlife. The trail is beautiful during the spring, with an abundance of wildflowers. It is mostly shaded, with few inclines. The trail is family and dog-...
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  • Liberty Hill, Texas

    Hike the Good Water Trail

    5.0
    12.6 mi / 1270 ft gain
    The Good Water Trail which is part of the larger Good Water Loop, is a 12.6 mile point-to-point hike. This trail is heavily trafficked by both hikers and mountain bikers alike. It's a great trail for scenic views, nature, and wildlife. Please be advised that the trail is severely rocky and uneven...
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  • Round Mountain, Texas

    Twin Falls Nature Trail at Pedernales Falls State Park

    0.51 mi / 75 ft gain
    Twin Falls Nature Trail is a half mile loop trail located within Pedernales Falls State Park between Dripping Springs and Johnson, City, Texas. The trail head is located near the campgrounds and parking can be found near the bathrooms. It is an easy trail with a very slight descent. The trail its...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Lower Purgatory Creek Greenspace To Dante's Trail Loop

    3.5 mi / 173 ft gain
    The Lower Purgatory Creek Greenspace to Dante's Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile loop hike located in San Marcos, Texas. The trail is great for hiking, biking and general exercise. It's shaded for the most part. The trail is very rocky and uneven at certain points, but flat and smooth at others. It's a f...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Dante's, Lower Purgatory Creek and Blue Trail Loop

    2.74 mi / 249 ft gain
    Dante's, Lower Purgatory Creek and Blue Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile loop hike located in San Marcos, Texas. Located outside of downtown, it serves as a great nature trail for hiking, biking, and general exercise. It's primarily shaded and is a very moderate trail. It is not heavily trafficked, espec...
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  • Johnson City, Texas

    Hike Wolf Mountain, Juniper Ridge And South Loop Equestrian Trail

    6.6 mi / 374 ft gain
    The Wolf Mountain, Juniper Ridge and South Loop Equestrian Trail is a 6.6 mile loop hike within Pedernales Falls State Park, right outside of Johnson City, Texas. The trail is pretty wide and great for all sorts of exercising and social distancing. The trail is relatively moderate, with few incl...
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  • Johnson City, Texas

    Hike Juniper Spring Via Wolf Mountain And Juniper Ridge

    8.4 mi / 462 ft gain
    Juniper Spring via Wolf Mountain and Juniper Ridge is a 8.4 mile loop hike within Pedernales Falls State Park, right outside of Johnson City, Texas. This trail is moderately trafficked. The trail is pretty wide and great for all sorts of exercising and social distancing. The trail is relatively ...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Purgatory Creek Natural Area Loop

    4.0
    7.77 mi / 568 ft gain
    Park in the dirt lot off of Hunter Road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is open year round and is dog-friendly. 
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  • Johnson City, Texas

    Hike Wolf Mountain And Juniper Ridge Trail Loop

    11.2 mi / 472 ft gain
    Wolf Mountain and Juniper Ridge Trail Loop is a 11.2 mile loop hike within Pedernales Falls State Park, right outside of Johnson City, Texas. The trail is pretty wide and great for all sorts of exercising and social distancing. The trail is relatively moderate and well maintained. There is littl...
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  • Johnson City, Texas

    Hike the Wolf Mountain Trail

    7.4 mi / 416 ft gain
    The Wolf Mountain Trail is a 7.2 mile loop hike within Pedernales Falls State Park, right outside of Johnson City, Texas. The trail is pretty wide and great for all sorts of exercising and social distancing. The trail is relatively moderate and well maintained. There is little shade but it is st...
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