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    • Niederwald, Texas

      Explore the Five Mile Dam Park

      Located about 6 miles from downtown San Marcos, the Five Mile Dam Park is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and other outdoor activities. It has a large flat field for playing soccer as well as many bathrooms. The Blanco River flows through the park and as the name implies, there is a ...
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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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    • Austin, Texas

      McKinney Falls

      4.2
      McKinney Falls is separated into the Upper and Lower Falls along Onion Creek just 15 miles outside of Austin. The pin I dropped on the map gets you to the parking lot at the Upper Falls. From there it is a very short walk past the Smith Visitor Center to the falls. The upper falls offers some sha...
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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

      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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    • 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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    • 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, 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

      Visit the Cathedral of Junk

      4.7
      The Cathedral of Junk is a hidden gem within the Austin City Limits, actually located in the Artists backyard. Construction was started back in 1988 by Vince Hahnemann and he still continues to add to it to this day! Climb to the top of the tower to rock out on the drum set or maybe even catch a ...
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    • San Marcos, Texas

      Swim at Rio Vista Waterfall

      4.7
      Located about an hour north of San Antonio. The San Marcos River at Rio Vista Park in San Marcos, a short drive off from I-35. There are pretty trees for setting up your hammock or to have have a picnic in the shade. Rio Vista offers a small waterfall that you can slide down, flotation recommende...
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    • 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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    • 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 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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    • 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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    • 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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    Camping and Lodging in Niederwald

    Austin East KOA Holiday
    Austin, Texas

    Austin East KOA Holiday

    Getaway Hill Country
    Wimberley, Texas

    Getaway Hill Country

    From $99 / night

    Potters Creek Park
    Canyon Lake, Texas

    Potters Creek Park

    Cranes Mill Park
    Canyon Lake, Texas

    Cranes Mill Park

    Leander / NW Austin  KOA Holiday
    Leander, Texas

    Leander / NW Austin KOA Holiday

    Russell Park
    Georgetown, Texas

    Russell Park

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Niederwald

    Top 20 hikes near Austin, Texas

    Top 20 hikes near Austin, Texas

    Aurora Slaughter

    Erin's Travel Guide to Austin, Texas

    Erin's Travel Guide to Austin, Texas

    Erin Newman-Mitchell

    10 Must-Do Adventures Near Austin, Texas

    10 Must-Do Adventures Near Austin, Texas

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