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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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  • We rented a canoe for an hour, it was around $15. Worth it, we saw birds, fish, turtles, and the sites  more »
  • We recently hiked this on a Saturday afternoon on a warm day. There were lots of people of all ages and dogs enjoying the trail and the creek. Parking at our trail head was in a residential area and w...  more »
  • The Barton Creek Greenbelt offers about 7 miles of nature trails inside Austin city limits along Barton Creek. It features several attractions along the way including the beautiful Sculpture Falls. Pl...  more »
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  • Awesome hiking. I have now hiked the entire greenbelt and it's great. Cool waterfalls and great places to hike and have a picnic
  • We went in early November and overall it was a disappointing hike. The trails are not well marked, there is quite a bit of trash, you can hear the highway, and the worst part is the graffiti. This area just seems to not be kept up and people do not respect this area. It's crazy how much graffiti there is especially on the main trail by the bridge. Also, there was no water or stream. If you have hiked in Colorado or Utah be prepared to be disappointed.
  • Pros: Long hiking trail right in the center of the city. Trail runs alongside the creek with places to take a dip. Rock climbing options available a few miles down the trail. If entering the trail from Lamar there are many restaurants and bars right outside the entrance. Cons: Sometimes smells swampy in some areas of the trail. Water levels not always high. Many dog owners ignore the requirement to keep their dogs on a leash. Mountain bikers may appear without warning, stay on your toes! Bring a bag to pack out trash, not everyone else does. Our last trip we packed out a wine bottle, some beer cans, a frying pan, some old socks, miscellaneous food wrappers, and some old socks.
  • This is such a beautiful place. Trails, greenery and water will keep you happy, carefree and relaxing with no thought of time for hours. You may swim, and also do geocashing! It was a wonderful date with my fiance. Just don't forget bugspray! My legs were eaten up! The river relieved me though.
  • It's a beautiful place to enjoy nature, contemplate life, and spend time with friends and family. The water is cool and lovely, the rocks are wonderful for basking. You can't go wrong.