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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 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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  • 1st official hike in Austin and it was a lot of fun. Scenery was wonderful and the trail was challenging in apts but still quite doable. Not a lot of water so much of the creek/riverbed was dry but there was water flowing at Sculptured Falls so all was good. Our yellow lab, Bonnie had the best time and was so happy to lead us out and back. Looking forward to our next hike on this trail and we will make sure there is water in the river!!!
  • I love hiking here! After it rains a lot there's a bunch of places to wade in the water or all out swim around and it's super awesome. There's also so many trails that there's always going to be a new spot to explore and discover. There's also a good range of difficulty so whether you're an avid hiker or it's day one of your new year's resolution, there's a trail for you

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