Austin may be hot, but there are plenty of places to cool off. On the top of our list is the Barton Creek Greenbelt at Austin. The greenbelt’s main channel flows for eight miles through 809 acres alongside just over 12 miles of trails.
There are multiple places to access the Barton Creek Greenbelt from, but some of the most popular include Loop 360, Gus Fruh, Spyglass, Twin Falls, Trails End, Homedale Access Point and Violet Crown Trail. The first access point is at Zilker Park, less than 10 minutes from many of our rentals.
Barton Creek Greenbelt is an outdoor sport haven. Swimming isn’t all there is. You can hike, rock climb, mountain bike and bird watch here.
The Greenbelt flows past limestone bluffs that are perfect for rock climbing. If you’re planning your climbing trip, you can find a list of the best walls and boulders online with descriptions of each. And when you’re an exhausted and sweaty mess after a day of climbing, jump in the creek to cool off.
We highly recommend making a day hike of the Violet Crown Trail and stopping along the way to enjoy the Barton Creek Greenbelt at Austin. The trail extends along most of the belt, starting at Zilker Access Point and going past the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and stretching miles into Hays County.
This isn’t just a greenbelt by its classic definition; Barton Creek Greenbelt has a beautiful, teal green hue to it and is bordered by tall trees, grasses and shrubs. It’s literally a green belt. Lush and verdant, this is the perfect place to cool off virtually any time of the year in Austin. While a lot of Austin may be dry, this little slice of green is a beautiful contrast and a much-needed reprieve. Barton Creek Greenbelt is best to visit during the springtime, when there is more water in the creek.
Austin has so much natural beauty to offer. So grab your picnic sack, your swimming suit and rock climbing shoes, and come join us in Austin and take advantage of hikes, climbing walls and swimming holes along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s just minutes from your rental. Call us or browse our website today to book your next vacation!