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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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  • August 9, 2017
    while not as exciting as The Oasis, really is an oasis within the city...well used and enjoyed by the neighborhood and many center of the citians who desire to get away from IT...nice walking, great p...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I was really looking forward to swimming here in all its glory, but July was a bad summer and it was really dry. There were definetly swimming holes, but not what I could see that it could be. definet...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Nice time to take a hike and explore. Stay on the hiking path and all will be well. Try to wear hiking boots or good shoes because you don't want to slip. It can be slippery and there is poison ivy in...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    Austin is BLESSED by this greenbelt. Yes it's often crowded but it's because it's freaking wonderful to have trails and water so close to the city. The greenbelt is so long and has so many different entrances, there is something for everyone. Do you love a challenge? Try the Hill of Life. Do you just want a quick swim? Try Twin Falls or the entrance near Barton Springs Pool. Long live the greenbelt!
  • June 10, 2017
    Wonderful trail. Good for a few hours of walking. If you wish to finish the whole trail at once you'll need a few hours. Lots of greenery and flowing water. Can also be used as a place to chill and enjoy few beers. Family friendly place.
  • June 14, 2017
    Great place to hike and bring your dog. After it rains you can get in and swim in certain areas along the creek, but when it's dry the water may not be moving much. My dog loves to hop in and take a swim. Remember to bring extra poop bags and keep your dog on its leash when hiking.
  • June 19, 2017
    Great place to hike. Diverse group of people hiking it also. lots of "swim holes" though not many are very deep because of the water level being low currently. i recommend Sculpture falls.
  • July 9, 2017
    Pool was closed for maintanence the day I went. However, really enjoyed the trails and small museum there. Swimming in the river was also a blast. Rented a bicycle nearby and went for a bike ride. All around, a great place for a day out with family and loved ones.

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