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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.ClimateLocated 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.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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  • Unfortunately, the water levels were way down when we visited. However, I can tell this is an incredibly scenic park.  more »
  • Shady way to get away while still being in town. Creek is pretty dry in the summer but oh well. Rock climbing & mountain biking for the adventurous, or just hiking for fun.  more »
  • There are quite a few articles online about the differences in the entrances to the greenbelt, but turns out many are outdated. We first went to the Loop 360 access. While it was a gorgeous hike, ther...  more »
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  • Beautiful trail. Tends to get busy especially when the weather is nice. I parked at the Trailhead to Sculpture falls. Early in the day it wasn't very busy, but quickly fills up. The trail is rather steep. Be sure you are confident in your strength or have hiking/walking sticks. It's an enjoyable trail and the steep descent is part of the fun. Don't think the Cairn stones have any purpose to guide your path. People seem to just stack rocks. Sculpture Falls is a pretty location. It's very popular. The trail has a canopy over much of it from where I started. In glad the day was cooler as the beginning of the trail is in the sun and is very warm when you are there later in the day.
  • Great short hiking spot! On the trail, we encountered a young lady peacefully enjoy the woods while playing her guitar and singing, her little dog by her side. It was awesome. Barton springs pool looks amazing for swimming, we came to hike, but I definitely would love to go back someday! Perfect combination of nature with man-made amenities.
  • 11-12 mile round trip! So be prepared for a long day. The main trail along the "creek" with plenty of awesome side trails.. Take plenty of water and food / snacks for a picnic or whatever you feel like Dry during Feb/Mar, so you can walk along the creek 👍 I am looking forward to making another trip during the wet season 😊
  • Such a beautiful area of nature. I went in winter but the streaming water looks so clear and refreshing, I'd love to go back during a hot summer day. So gorgeous there.
  • Great opportunity for rock climbing. The entire walking length is challenging for a family trip. Not the entire terrain best fits for biking, despite the quite flat topography, in general. Circular routes are not planned. The river crossings are quite approximate in about the falls areas with high water. The location is so urban, that no wild life can be spotted around. With all the said it's great to have this greenbelt, and it's one of the 'must' 2do.

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