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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. The Greenbelt is a 7.25mi stretch of public land that begins at Zilker Park and stretches South/Southwest 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.
Located in Austin, Texas, the Barton Creek Greenbelt has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The Greenbelt receives of rain, with the majority of the precipitation coming in the spring, and second-highest 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.
With 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 were excited to explore but after my experience this is not a safe place, people broke in my vehicle. 
    We were excited to explore but after my experience this is not a safe place, people broke in my vehicle.  more »
  • We only experienced a short segment of it on our bikes but pretty great to have access to nature like this in the middle of an urban setting. Felt far removed from the city when here. 
    We only experienced a short segment of it on our bikes but pretty great to have access to nature like this in the middle of an urban setting. Felt far removed from the city when here.  more »
  • Fun time in nature. Great exercise, and easy to access. Great for rock hunting, animal sighting, and hiking/biking. 
    Fun time in nature. Great exercise, and easy to access. Great for rock hunting, animal sighting, and hiking/biking.  more »
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  • Nature filled, beautiful and sportive trail for all ages ! Mix of everything - trees, creek, waterfalls ! The multiple waterfalls on the trail are very refreshing. You may also walk on the rocks in the middle of the creek. The trail path is paved but rough for buggies and fancy shoes! Suitable only for walking. The trail runs for few miles. Car parking is on the street side but it’s not with heavy traffic. Beware of not leaving valuables in the car.
  • Hard to believe there’s such a great gem only few minutes drive from city center. Just another reason why Austin is a special place. Great hiking trail, for all ages as well as dogs. Just walk along the river and you’ll enjoy many shades of colors. Saw some people with Crocs and flip flops, which doesn’t make sense. Sneakers is totally fine for dry days, but you would want to wear wet shoes or hiking boots for a better experience. I believe you can also swim at some places but not sure. All in all, awesome place.
  • Really nice walk. The start of the trail is a little rocky but it gets easier the further you go. The first waterfall (twin falls) is great. But the next waterfall is a must see. On the way to sculpture falls about half way you can also find a Tp next to a great oak. Where you can catch a cool pick. Please be mindful of your trash their is the only trash cans at the entrance
  • WARNING! The Green Belt is a beautiful hiking trail. You will not be disappointed if you arrive expecting a long hike through the woods. However, if you come expecting to swim? That can be very infrequent. For most of the year there is no water at all, and the rest of the time the water may be too low to swim in. Check and see if it has rained hard in Austin recently. If it has? Go down to Sculpture Falls and enjoy the water. If it hasn’t rained recently? Ditch the flippers and pack some water. These pictures demonstrate the different at Sculpture Falls. They were taken from the same place a few weeks apart.
  • Really great hiking trails. Relatively easy too. There’s a creek that you walk alongside that’s nice. My dog loved it. I’d walk to Sculpture Falls, it’s really nice to just sit and enjoy the waterfall. Make sure when you walk back to the trail head that you know which way you’re going as it splits between back to the parking lot or under the bridge.

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