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    Looking for the best mountain biking in Austin? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Austin. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top Mountain Biking Spots in and near Austin

    • Austin, Texas

      Shoal Creek Greenbelt Trail

      5.0
      4.99 mi / 351 ft gain
      The Shoal Creek trail is located along the Shoal Creek Greenbelt which stretches the length of central/downtown Austin. It is a 5-mile loop trail following along Shoal Creek. Much of the trail runs through residential area. And though it runs parallel to a creek, itis a city trail and not ideal f...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike the Mayfield Park Lake Trail

      3.0
      1 mi / 0 ft gain
      Mayfield Nature Preserve is a 21-acre park located just west of downtown Austin, Texas. This nature preserve is unique from all other parks in Austin in that it that features free-roaming peacocks. It's a beautiful park full of beautiful nature and the trail leads down near the lake. The trail is...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike Barton Greenbelt Trail Via Barton Creek Plaza

      6.6 mi / 380 ft gain
      The Barton Greenbelt Trail via Barton Creek Plaza is a 6.6 mile out-and-back hike located within the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This trail follows along the creek and features a couple prominent waterfalls that also serve as popular swimming holes in the summer months. Depending on the rainfall for ...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike the Violet Crown Trail: 360 to 290 Trailhead

      1.8 mi / 239 ft gain
      The Violet Crown Trail: 360 Trailhead to 290 trail is a 1.8 mile point-to-point hike that stretches from Loop 360 to Highway 290. Only a portion of the trail follows alongside Barton Creek before heading south towards HWY 290 while the creek veers off to the west. Dogs are more than welcome as lo...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

      3.0
      3.23 mi / 141 ft gain
      This hike is about 3.2 miles in total and is an out-and-back trail found within the Barton Creek Greenbelt stretch. The trail follows along the Barton Creek and is popularly known for the two major waterfalls it entails: Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls, which are very popular swimming destinations...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Three Falls Hike

      7.35 mi / 600 ft gain
      The Three Falls Hike is a 7.35 mile out and back hike located in the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, Texas. The hike is heavily trafficked. The trail takes you past three waterfalls, which during the summer time serve as extremely popular swimming holes. Please note that the flow of the waterf...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike Hill of Life Hiking Trail

      4.5
      3.1 mi / 328 ft gain
      The Hill of Life hiking trail is an out-and-back hiking trail around 3 miles long total. Parking is parallel parking on the street and can be found in the neighborhood where the trailhead is located. The trail begins with a half mile descent down a very rocky and gravel-ridden trail. The descent ...
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    • Travis County, Texas

      Hike Violet Crown Trail: Zilker to 360 Trailhead

      3.0
      3.7 mi / 282 ft gain
      The Violet Crown Trail: Zilker to 360 is 3.7 mile out-and-back stretch through the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The trail begins in Zilker Park and follows Barton Creek all the way south to Loop 360. Parking can be found at Zilker Park. Though on weekends and during the summer time, the park is usuall...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike Onion Creek And Homestead Trail Loop

      5.0
      6.5 mi / 387 ft gain
      The Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop is a 6.5 mile loop hike within McKinney Falls State Park, just outside of Austin city limits. The trail is long however pretty beginner level as there are not many inclines. The trail features two waterfalls: the Upper and Lower falls which are popular swi...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike the Homestead Trail

      4.0
      3.1 mi / 157 ft gain
      The Homestead Loop hike is a 3.1 mile loop featuring the Lower Falls of McKinney Falls State Park. The hike is pretty intermediate and is mostly shaded. There are not many inclines. It is both dog- and kid-friendly. The trail does cross small streams, so be weary to bring water shoes/sandals.  Th...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Stephenson Preserve Loop

      2.17 mi / 243 ft gain
      The Stevenson Preserve Trail is a 1.5 mile loop hike located in South Austin. The outer trail makes a large loop around the entire park, however there are several interconnecting trails within the loop. This trail system is part of the Stephenson Preserve, which is also connected to the Longview ...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Bull Creek South to North

      3.67 mi / 335 ft gain
      The Bull Creek Trail is an Out-and-Back trail along Bull Creek; it's a pretty beginner to intermediate hike. The trail follows along Bull Creek which runs between the hills of the Austin Hill Country. There are several waterfalls which can be found along the creek. The trail has multiple access p...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike the Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail

      5.0
      2.86 mi / 78 ft gain
      Park in the lot off of Lakewood Drive (see map) to access the trail. This trail is good for all skill levels and is dog-friendly. 
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    • Austin, Texas

      Turkey Creek Trail

      2.72 mi / 259 ft gain
      Turkey Creek trail is a 2.7 mile out-and-back hike located within Emma Long Metropolitan Park in Northwest Austin, Texas. This trail is perfect for cycling, running, walking, and general exercise. The trail is made of dirt with few inclines. Please note, however, at the beginning of the trail the...
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    • Austin, Texas

      Hike Valburn South Loop

      1.0
      2.3 mi / 334 ft gain
      The Valburn South Loop is a 2.3 mile loop trail within the Bull Creek Greenbelt in Northwest Austin, Texas. The trail is known for its grand views of the surrounding Hill Country. The trail is shaded for the most part and is pretty rocky, good shoes are highly recommended. The trail is made up of...
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    • 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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