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Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin

Categories: Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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 decided to avoid Barton Spring pools due to the long line, the entry fare and that we wouldn't be allowed to bring any drinks or food. The Greenbelt is a bit tricky to where the good spots are and ...  read more »
  • Spending a weekend in Austin, my friend surprised me with this wee natural gem - sure summer is more or less over but that didn't stop us getting in the water!! We'd hit a club at the Domain pretty ha...  read more »
  • Hiked a short portion (perhaps a mile) of the Greenbelt with access from Capital of Texas Highway. I can't say about other parts of the Greenbelt but the trail is very rocky here. You need to watch yo...  read more »
  • 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.
  • These trails really do have it all. It's a great place for swimming with certain spots having smaller cliffs to jump from and rope swings in locations throughout the trail. Also a great place for trail running and biking. Also a nice place for those who choose to take the more relaxing slow hike. I've been there a few times now and will definitely be going back.
  • 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.
  • Amazing trails smack dab in the Texas capitol you would not expect to get lost here. Flowing river to jump into at any point. Towering trees, hiking, biking, swimming galore! Its truly one of the best hiking spots in Texas
  • Surprisingly great mountain biking in the heart of Austin. There's something for everyone here - easy trail riding to really gnarly, technical stuff. Be prepared to get your feet wet if the creek is flowing as riding the entire main trail requires a few creek crossings.
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