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Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin

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The Barton Creek Greenbelt, located in Austin, Texas is managed by the City of Austin's Park and Recreation Department and is considered the seventh best hiking trail in Texas. The Greenbelt is a 7.25mi stretch of public land that begins at Zilker Park and stretches North/Northeast to the final section commonly referred to as "The Hill of Life" which ends in the Woods of Westlake subdivision. The Barton Creek Greenbelt consists of three areas: the Lower Greenbelt, the Upper Greenbelt and the Barton Creek Wilderness Park and is characterized by large limestone cliffs, dense foliage, and shallow bodies of water.ClimateLocated in Austin, Texas, the Barton Creek Greenbelt has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The Greenbelt receives 30 to 35in of rain, with the majority of the precipitation coming in the spring, and secondary maximum in the fall.3 Small bodies of water can be found at all times of the year throughout the Greenbelt, however the creek bed that runs along the spine of the Greenbelt actively flows only 1 to 2 months out of the year depending on precipitation levels. Watershed from Barton Creek, a tributary that feeds the Colorado River in Central Texas, is responsible for the area's highly concentrated vegetation.Sports and recreationWith its diverse terrain, the Greenbelt is a popular location for adventure-loving locals. The large limestone cliffs that line portions of the Greenbelt make for excellent rock climbing. Hikers and bikers can be found year round, although during the wet season mountain biking is more challenging as the biking trails crisscross the creek bed, making it difficult to cross when it is full. During years of heavy rainfall the water level of the creek rises high enough to allow swimming, cliff diving, kayaking, and tubing (recreation). During the annual "Tubin the Belt" parade hundreds of individuals tube the greenbelt on a Saturday in Spring.
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  • It looks like a jungle. You can scarcely see the creek from the trail anymore. It was really special once. Still a great place to swim when there's water.  more »
  • This is such a gorgeous part of Austin. There is great hoking through the woods and along the creek. The hikes are not super challenging but there are many so you could really hike several miles and m...  more »
  • We enjoyed this hike with four adults and five kids: ages 11, 10, 9, 8 and 7 yrs. It was neat since we are from FL and our family from Austin guided us. The river bed rocks were brilliant white. Lots ...  more »
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  • The Creek flow is sporadic. Sometimes, after heavy spring rains it can be shoulder high but later it’ll be completely dry. Rock climbing sites in the middle and a good place to mountain bike just a few miles from downtown. The north end of the trail ends at the Barton Springs pool. Where you can swim throughout the year in cold, clear water with no chlorine. Seniors swim for a dollar
  • Great trail! I prefer views and not just starring at trees the whole time. It has really cool rock faces, places to climb (if you have equipment, know how to belay and lead rope). But very nice. Limited bikers, which is great!!!
  • Has transitioned into a on leash only, unfortunately I won't be coming often anymore due to this. Was a really nice area to let my dogs spend all of their energy and swim and have a nice hike. Still a good place to hike and be in nature.
  • Always great. Been going here since 1988. Various parts. Better with water of course. Upper stretches have decent bass fishing too! You might get laughed at because people don't know. F'em
  • A lovely area to visit. We parked (on a weekend) at the business center at MoPac/Spyglass and then walked down the hill. A great, free, place to park and very accessible. Turn right when you hit the path and you get the climbing area eventually. Left and you will eventually get to the swimming area.
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