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  1. 5 Unique Glamping Getaways in the Texas Hill Country

    Whether you’re looking for a treehouse or a (non-criminal) jail cell, here are a few must-visit Texas Hill Country getaways to have on your radar.

  2. A Complete Guide to Austin's Barton Creek Greenbelt

    One of the most popular and beloved outdoor spaces in all of Texas, the Barton Creek Greenbelt has become something of a synonym for outdoor fun in Austin. In fact, although several greenbelts exist within the Austin city limits, when locals simply ...

  3. 5 Ways to Camp in Central Texas

    Here are some of the best ways to camp in Central Texas, from glamping to sleeping like a cowboy beneath the Hill Country stars.

  4. 10 Best Central Texas Swimming Holes

    Austin is wonderful, but it's hot as hell in the summer. The 10 best Central Texas swimming holes help you beat the heat once the summer hits.

  5. Fly Fishing in Austin

    There are many excellent spots for fly fishing in Austin, & with the launch of Patagonia's new Simple Fly Fishing, expect the sport to grow

  6. When Will Austin's Swimming Holes Dry Up?

    How Central Texas aquifers (and pumping them out) affect Austin's swimming holes and your outdoor recreation.

  7. Krause Springs

    Less than an hour’s drive from anywhere in Austin, Krause Springs is probably one of the most peaceful day trips you can take from Austin, any time of year.

  8. 7 Survival Tips for Cycling in Austin's Flash Flood Alley

    For most days out of the year, cycling in Austin is about as good as it gets. But when downpours threaten to dump flood-level amounts of water on the city, you'll need to be prepared.

  9. 3 Epic Cycling Routes in the South

    From the tallest peaks to the coastal retreats, here are 3 Epic Cycling routes in the south that you don't want to miss.

  10. Austin’s Boardwalk

    Austin's boardwalk is a new addition to the city that is just what was needed for outdoor enthusiasts in the area.

  11. SUP ATX

    Austin isn’t just the Live Music Capital of the World, it’s also increasingly becoming a leading city for the SUP community that's been sweeping the nation for several years now.

  12. Austin’s Backwoods

    Austin's Backwoods is an outdoor gear and apparel retailer

  13. An Insider's Guide to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

    Balcones Canyonlands is a pristine wilderness that serves as a refuge for several birds and offers plenty of hiking.

  14. Q&A with Austin Ultra Runner Erik Stanley

    Austin ultra runner Erik Stanley talks about what keeps him running, why he loves the sport and his future running goals.

  15. Erik Stanley: Pro Trail Running Coach

    Erik Stanley is a professional runner who not only wins gold but has a heart of gold. He once held the high school record for the mile and now he runs a company that helps build the Austin running community.

  16. SUP Summer Escape Austin

    The best places to learn and enjoy SUP, or stand-up paddleboarding, in and around Austin, Texas.

  17. Naked Austin!

    What better way to enjoy nature than au-naturel? Sure, it may seem weird to some, but more people are opening up to the idea of naked austin!

  18. A Beginner's Guide to Climbing in Austin

    Interested in rock climbing? Not sure how to get started? Check out this beginner's guide to climbing in Austin.

  19. Surfing in Texas?

    “There’s no surf in Texas.” Yes, please continue perpetuating this line – it leaves all the waves for us. Or, just don’t tell anyone and quietly slip away to the “Third Coast,” which is only three and a half hours from Austin, have some waves for yo...

  20. Austin’s Best Outdoor Bars

    New York has the cramped basement bar. Los Angeles has the red-carpet club. But Austin has the outdoor bars- lots of them. Here are the best.

  21. Top 4 Climbing Spots in Austin

    Looking for places to climb in Central Texas? Check out these Top 4 climbing spots in Austin.

  22. Wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country

    Road-side pull-offs are a must, but here are great local tips on how to best enjoy wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country .

  23. A SXSW Guide for Lovers of Adventure and the Outdoors

    We reached out to Sarah Knapp—founder of OutdoorFest and Mappy Hour—to find out which SXSW events are not to be missed by those whose passions lie outdoors or are committed to positive environmental impact.

  24. Wildflowers and Watering Holes: A Road Tripper's Guide to Texas Hill Country in the Spring

    Far removed from big city livin’, every road along this journey is scenic, and in the springtime, is lined with the waves of wildflowers and several historic, heritage-rich Texas towns.

  25. Off-the-Beaten-Path: The Weekender's Guide to Outdoor Adventure around Austin

    From paddling on Ladybird Lake to hiking, climbing, and swimming along Barton Creek, here is Chaco's guide to a weekend in Austin.