Austin, Texas

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Austin

  • Johnson City, Texas

    Pedernales Falls

    4.8
    0.69 mi / 167 ft gain
    Pedernales Falls drops 50 feet in elevation over 3,000 feet of titled, layered steps of limestone along the Pedernales River in Blanco County. In order to reach the falls you must enter Pedernales Falls State Park and follow the park road until the very end. There you'll find a parking lot and it...
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  • Marble Falls, Texas

    Camp at Shaffer Bend Recreation Area

    6 mi / 80 ft gain
    After turning off Highway 1431 you'll drive through a little quiet and narrow one road neighborhood to arrive at the entrance to Shaffer Bend Recreation Area. From there you will drive down a dirt road which will take you almost all the way through Shaffer Bend's 523 acre lot, and lead you direct...
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  • Taylor, Texas

    Granger Lake Trail

    7.54 mi / 400 ft gain
    Granger Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that starts off in Taylor Park in Granger Texas. At the end of the trail are primitive campsites, accessible by hike or by boat. This trail is used by hikers and bikers and dog-friendly on leash. Backcountry campground reservations for Fox Bottom Camp A...
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  • New Braunfels, Texas

    Hike the Panther Canyon Nature Trail

    1.7 mi / 131 ft gain
    This trail is perfect for the whole family (including dogs)! The trail is shared by walkers and runners. The Panther Canyon Nature Trail is open for use year round, and is a great location for birding. The trail is a bit rocky in spots - so shoes with ankle support are recommended. 
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  • Burnet, Texas

    Tour the Longhorn Caverns

    5.0
    1.1 mi
    The Longhorn Cavern State Park is a hidden gem in the Hill Country. The caverns are breathtaking and some of the walls are completely covered in Quartz. During prohibition, bootleggers used the caverns as a speakeasy and there are remnants left from that era. In order to view the Caverns you must...
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  • Gonzales, Texas

    Hike the Ottine Swamp Trail

    4.0
    1.2 mi / 13 ft gain
    The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.Wide gravel partly shaded trail that is well maintained. $3 / person over 12 (or free with a Texas State Park Pass) to enter the park.
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  • Burnet, Texas

    Camp at Inks Lake's Pecan Flats

    5.0
    2 mi
    Inks Lake is located northwest of Austin and is home to about 200 campsites. For a more unique experience and to be set away from the parks many visitors, choose the Pecan Flats Trail Primitive Camp which is about a mile hike from the Pecan Flats trailhead.Once you enter the park, the Pecan Flats...
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  • Burnet, Texas

    Hike the Inks Lake State Park Trail

    4.0
    4.7 mi / 347 ft gain
    The Inks Lake State Park Trail is a 4.7 mile loop trail located within Inks Lake State Park, just outside of Burnet, Texas. Only a small portion of the trail follows the lake, then it veers off through the rocky and hilly terrain of the Texas Hill Country. The trail is only partially shaded at ti...
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