Trail Running in Austin, TX
About Austin Trail Running
Austin has a wealth of trail-running opportunities. From easy, flat, shaded lakeside trails, to rugged, rocky, and steep hills, you can find it here. Barton Creek Greenbelt is the hub of central Austin trail runners. It is 7.5 miles of varied landscapes, all of which are beautiful, and yet still right near downtown. The Greenbelt includes challenging sites like the Hill of Life, with its steep inclines and crushed limestone paths. Many runners make it a 15-mile round-trip challenge to start from the Barton Springs entrance, summit the Hill of Life, then return.
On the north end of Austin, Walnut Creek and others offer many miles of trails, although like any trail system, just watch out for mountain bikers.
The Barton Creek Greenbelt offers an adventure for everyone. Explore the 7.5 main trail or venture onto the single-track that expands close to 20 miles through a variety of terrain. The trail starts at the Barton Springs trail head in the heart of Austin, and finishes at the Hill of Life.
Run to a 50-foot waterfall that plunges into the pristine Hamilton Pool; great for summer swimming!
This short 3.5-mile west Austin trail is family-friendly and offers several swimming holes along the way. It's also great for trail runners looking for a short and speedy and easily accessible running route.
With over 11 miles of trails and plenty of backpacking/drive-in camp sites, Lost Maples State Natural Area is a low-traveled Central Texas gem perfect for trail running in the woods amidst rocky terrain. A must see in November when the leaves change colors.
Hill Country State Natural Area has 40 miles of trails for any combination of hiking, running, mountain biking, and equestrian pursuits. This rugged, beautiful natural area begs to be explored.
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