How to get to Austin, TX
Austin is Texas’ capital city and is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” The city has more live music venues per square foot than any other American city, which is of course a big part of its appeal. Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” which explains its funky vibe. Austin is home to the University of Texas, as well as the state capitol. The city is also known for its film and tech industries.
Austin is located in north central Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico. It is about 300 miles from Fort Worth and 360 miles from Houston, making it a natural stop for Texans traveling between these two cities. Austin can also be reached by air through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The airport has non-stop flights from several large cities, including Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Austin is also a ride-sharing town, with credit card companies like Lyft and Uber offering ridesharing to the city.
Which Hikes are Best in Austin?
For families and hikers of all ages, Austin’s trail system is world-class. Hikers looking for a challenge should head to Mount Bonnell. The trailhead is located at the end of Mt. Bonnell Rd., and the strenuous hike winds up to an observation deck that offers spectacular views of Austin and Lake Austin below. Not far from there is the Old Settlers’ trail, which leads to an amphitheater where visitors can enjoy live music and a beer at the end of their trek. For those looking for something easier, Hippie Hollow Park off of the Hwy. 71 frontage road is a perfect destination. There are even trails on the beach!
When you’re done hiking, go visit Richard’s Mini-Donuts in South Austin. While you’re there, you can hop on the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail and keep hiking while you eat your donut.
The Austin Trail Conference and the Austin Parks Foundation offer maps of the trail system, as well as guides that include reviews of hikes in downtown and East Austin.
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The Scenery Around Austin is Mix of Hilly, Rocky & Wavy
The hot, dry climate of Austin allows for spectacular wildflowers in the spring. To see white bluebonnets, head west to the town of Dripping Springs and hike the Enchanted Rock Trail. The 8-mile roundtrip trail ends with hikers standing atop a mushroom-shaped rock outcropping. The hike is easy, but it requires an early start in order to beat the heat.
The panoramic view from the top of Enchanted Rock will leave you breathless. It is free to climb the rock and get your photo taken in the view. At noon, there is a ranger program that features live music and other activities. For more information, call 512-378-7820 or go to enchrredrocktexas.com .
Texans love to enjoy the simple pleasures in life – like taking a drive on the road that was once called Route 66. For many people, there’s no better place to enjoy such an experience than Austin. The city is surrounded by miles of scenic Texas Hill Country and is located just outside the famous capital of Texas, Washington-on-the-Brazos. It’s easy for tourists to drive out of town and into the hills, but there are also many other ways to enjoy the area’s natural beauty from inside Austin.
The weather in Austin can be hot, but the area’s hills allow for the cool breezes to still flow through at times.
Hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt
Known as “The River of Grass,” Barton Creek Greenbelt has more than 100 miles of trails that follow the banks of the historic stream. Many trails are rated as difficult and strenuous, but it’s a great place to explore the Texas Hill Country. The best trails are in Barton Creek Preserve and Barton Creek Greenbelt. Both parks are adjacent to each other.
Barton Creek Greenbelt [web site, hours of operation]: A 7-mile natural surface trail that is one of the most popular places to hike in the Hill Country. The upper portion of the trail is less used by hikers and more popular with mountain bikers. This portion of the trail is an excellent place for bird watching and observing wildlife, including deer and bobcat.
Barton Creek Preserve [web site]: Includes a 2-mile paved trail that provides excellent opportunities for birding. The trail begins at the Barton Creek Greenbelt parking area.
Hike the Anderson Mill Nature Preserve
The Anderson Mill Nature Preserve is located at the heart of Austin and has trails that wind through rolling hills and meadows. Hikers will have a chance to take in views of Lake Travis, historic buildings and the wildlife that inhabits the land. It’s a great place for beginner and experienced hikers. From the parking lot, hikers can either turn right and head to the taller hills or left for a more flat hike. The trailhead is located at Anderson Mill Park, 600 Riverbend Dr., Harker Heights.
To get there from Austin, go south on I-35 to Exit 230B and head west on Highway 190 for about 9 miles until you reach Anderson Mill Road. Turn right on Anderson Mill Road and head north for about 2 miles until you reach Riverbend Drive. Make a left on Riverbend Drive and follow the road until you see the park.
Trailhead address: 600 Riverbend Drive, Harker Heights
Trailhead coordinates: 30.34317, -97.57350 (WGS84) [ARTICLE END]
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