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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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  • Excellent park to visit with children and also for adults who like nature and like walks Vest time to visit is in the summer  more »
  • Our gang of 4 enjoyed the lovely hike on the greenbelt along the creek. We walked a couple of miles and back -- enjoying the beautiful flora, fauna, and wildlife! Not strenuous, but good for burning a...  more »
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  • The Barton Creek Greenbelt is awesome! It’s right in the city, yet it offers an escape into nature and allows you to explore a lot of the unique landscape of the Texas Hill Country. Each part of the trail is different, giving you various perspectives of the Barton Creek Valley. Some of the trails are rocky while others are normal gravel. There are plenty of stops by the water to check out rapids or waterfalls too. Also, the trail is mostly tree covered, so it’s a nice escape from the heat. It’s a perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon, and it’s free. Go check it out if you’re in Austin!
  • Beautifully scenic and easily accessible walking trail. There's opportunities to swim, so bring your gear. We managed to do a bit of climbing and found our own spaces to explore. There's a diversity of vegetation, terrain, scenic views and ways to traverse this trail. People tend to bring their dogs and they offer free pet waste bags at the entrance of the trail. That being said I found bags full of dog poop all over the place, apparently owners don't like the carry them around for a few hours.

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