If you’re interested in hiking in Austin and the Texas Hill Country, the area offers many miles of secluded, rugged trails as well as gentler options for the whole family.
For those limited to a short stay in downtown, head to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. With its variety of trail types—from very steep and rocky to hard-packed flat dirt to creek crossings and boulders—this place has it all within easy access from the city’s center. Another quick trip for those with limited time is Mount Bonnell, the highest point in the city proper. It’s a steep but short hike to the top, so it’s doable with children, and the view is a great reward.
If you really want to get away though, head to places like Enchanted Rock or Reveille Peak Ranch, both within about a two-hour drive from town. Both of these places give a great taste of the rugged central Texas Hill Country, with its granite rock formations, spiky plant life, all of it remote.