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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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  • This is a definite asset in Austin, but we were confused by the different accounts of how to find the trail heads and where to park. Once on the trail, it was quite lovely.  more »
  • If you need a little bit of nature in your day, and want some solitude amongst busy Austin, this is a great place to walking or hiking. You can go for a long or short walk, either way you'll be...  more »
  • Such a beautiful hike, always love going out and exploring the paths! After it rains, always nice flowing streams and wonderful swimming spots! Lots of people always around having a good time and relaxing. Very well kept pathways and pet and kid friendly. Not a hard hike by any means, just a slight incline or decline depending on direction you go. Water is consistently around the 60s in the springs and feels great to take a dip in the summer!
  • Just across the Colorado, this is a great hike. And not just a stroll on pavement like other "hikes" in Texas, you'll be watching your feet as you walk through rocky areas. It's also rather exceptionally quiet (during the week, at least; it's well traveled on weekends).

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