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  1. 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 .

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Enchanted Rock: The Mystical Bedrock of Texas

    A mere 90 minutes from Austin, Enchanted Rock is one of the best outdoor playgrounds in Central Texas and a local favorite for many Austinites.

  6. The Hardest Day Hike in Central Texas? Lost Maples East Trail

    The steep and rugged uphill trail sections at the Lost Maples State Natural Area make it one of the hardest hikes in Central Texas.

  7. Cyclocross Nationals in Austin Serves as a Lesson for 2016

    Let the failed Cyclocross Nationals in Austin in January 2015 serve as a lesson for next year's competition when it's held at Asheville's Biltmore Estate.

  8. A Trail Runner Shoe Guide for Texas Hill Country Terrain

    Whether you're putting in weekly runs on the Greenbelt or venturing further into the Hill Country, here are the best trail runner shoes on the market.

  9. How to Train for Austin's Famous Cap10K Road Race

    Austin's famous Cap10K road race is happening April 12 of this year. Here are some beginner tips from local pro, Erik Stanley.

  10. Southern Walnut Creek Bike Trail

    Austin has officially opened a new paved bike trail on the east side, the Southern Walnut Creek Bike Trail. Part of an ongoing, city-wide paved trail expansion system, the new trail provides more than 7 miles of super-smooth riding for residents of an area that has typically been underserved.

  11. Q&A with Ultra Runner Olga King

    New Balance and RootsRated have teamed up to profile runners making a difference in their communities. We asked each of our runners a series of questions to learn a little more about what running means to them, where they like to run and what are...

  12. Discovering the Rarely Seen Backcountry at Reimer's Ranch

    This is the rarely seen backcountry at Reimer’s Ranch, where you can get a real experience of old land, where not everything is named or landscaped or paved. Where hardly anything is controlled. Where almost everything is wild.

  13. Caving Austin

    Hiking back to the parking lot from Bullet Cave on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin caving enthusiast Phil Kearney gets philosophical when asked why he likes caving: "Outside of deep-sea diving and high-altitude mountaineering, caving is the closest that we mere mortals can come to visiting another world."

  14. Olga King: Ultra-Runner

    Olga King has always known how to persevere and endure through hardships, ever since she grew up in the former Soviet Union. Now she is a badass ultra runner.

  15. Redbud Isle

    Known as one of the best off-leash dog parks in Austin, many forget that Redbud Isle is great for people too. This little 13-acre strip of land is situated just downstream of Tom Miller Dam – the northern boundary of Lady Bird Lake – and is almost completely surrounded by water, making it ideal for swimmers, both canine and human.

  16. Canoeing Webberville

    The Webberville section of the Colorado River is a wonderful flat water segment with excellent fishing that is frequented by Austin Politico, Lee Ann Calaway.

  17. Alex Honnold On Adventure and Fear

    Pro climber Alex Honnold is best known these days for his free-solo climbing, and while some think he's just an adrenaline junkie, those who know him best realize he's much more thoughtful and calculating than that.

  18. Austin's Top 5 SCUBA Spots

    Central Texas is blessed with plenty of SCUBA opportunities, and we sat down with a local expert to discuss the 5 best places near Austin to do it.

  19. Paddling Texas

    Paddling Texas is a new book which acts as a guide to the state's best paddling routes, and RootsRated had a chance to sit down with its author.

  20. Secret Beach

    Austin's Secret Beach may not be as secret as it once was, but it's definitely still sacred and worth a visit.

  21. Barkin' Springs

    Some Austin locals consider Barkin' Springs to be the distant, more fun, much weirder cousin of the more popular (and comparatively expensive) Barton Springs.

  22. Outdoor Stereotypes

    You've seen them all before, the Frat boys decked in Patagonia, the cargo shorts birders, and the hippie yogis. Austin's outdoor stereotypes personified.

  23. McKinney Falls

    McKinney Falls is underrated, or at least misunderstood. It’s like the Rodney Daingerfield of Austin parks; it gets no respect. Or it's like...

  24. Rowing Austin

    Rowing Austin's Lady Bird Lake is a surprisingly serene experience, considering it's in the heart of downtown, and is a great workout for your min

  25. Rocky Hill Ranch

    Rocky HIll Ranch is Austin's Trail Sports Mecca, home to excellent mountain biking and trail running in a truly unique area of Central Texas

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