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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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  • The Barton Creek area is full of great trails to hike/bike in a good weather. The great thing is that you do not have to go far from the city to "get away".  more »
  • You can enjoy these in the nature of the large metropolises there is very miraculous. There is no urban policy in the factory again because the rivers are used as drinking water management as well as being used to clean. Connected parks and there is a very long walk time planning and preparation, please visit as well.
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  • Entered at Spyglass trailhead. Beautiful scenery, rocky trail can be tough on ankles & casual trail bikers. Those of us with hiking boots had no problems, while tennis shoe crowd had to watch ankles. ...  more »
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  • Love it out here. Trails upon trails with many good views and places to go. I take my pup to the creek bed and hike around. The one thing I really don't like are the period that litter and leave bottles and other trash. Oh and tree fact there are porcupine around late summer time. I have a dog that hasn't learned to not bite them 😒
  • I love this trail. It's one of my most favorite things about Austin. I have hiked, run, and biked on it and all are amazing. Even though it runs through central Austin you feel like you are out in the hill country. Always a great experience!
  • Awesome well maintained hiking and biking trails. Wooded, rocky, but well trafficked enough to be safe if you were to get lost or just need help. I highly recommended for exercise or just to get your nature on.
  • This is one of my favorite places to take the kids in the whole family, friends, anyone really to just go for a great hike. there are places to climb some small Cliff edges and there’s a few areas of coarse to splash around it’s a really long trail I haven’t finished it yet but we plan to one day. Cheers
  • Greenbelt is awesome. Great hiking starting just 10 minutes outside of the city. Offer walking trail and hiking trail, which some people mountain bike, mountain climbing, river (when filled with water), rocks and trench when dry. Can view some homes and highway at some point. Some trails split into other trails. Signings of position and direction are present throughout.

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