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Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.4 mile 5.4 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 304' 93 m
Descent: -20' -6 m
High: 853' 260 m
Low: 555' 169 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Caleb Joyce

An Austin icon when it comes to inner city green space.

Caleb Joyce

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Description

This trail can be accessed from many points. If you're running it in its entirety, a shuttle might be best. On a hot summer day, you might want to do the run in reverse, dropping you off at the famous Barton Springs for a nice cool splash!

When starting this run from Zilker Park, the trail is wide and flat, covered with your typical Texas crushed granite. This section is ideal for anyone with limited mobility or families with strollers. As the trail continues, you'll pass large overhanging limestone where you can watch rock climbers playing in the beautiful greenbelt. This run crosses the creek many times. Depending on the rainfall, there is almost always a way around these creek crossings. If it's a dry year, you can expect to run right along the creek bed.

For swimming holes and waterfalls, the first one to cross will be Campbell's Hole around the 0.8-mile marker. The next one, Twin Falls is just past the Mopac Bridge around the 4.8-mile marker. Just over a mile past Twin Falls, you'll find Sculptor Falls. Even though these are the most popular spots to swim with a view, many people will take a dip anywhere along the creek.

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Aug 11, 2019
Chris Tarbet
Ran from Zilker Park to the top of Hill of Life and back. Have done this several times.

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View from Sculpture Falls (wintertime). Barton creek is known for its beautiful blue-green water.
Jan 3, 2018 near Rolling…, TX
So much fun exploring Barton Creek!
Aug 28, 2017 near Rolling…, TX
Barton Creek is lots of fun. Keep a good eye on your dogs and kids when playing the little waterfalls :)
Aug 28, 2017 near Rolling…, TX
Can't beat Barton Creek for splashing around on a warm day ! It is always better on the weekdays.
Aug 28, 2017 near Rolling…, TX
This is cool sculptured rocks area where the water flows over just before going down the waterfalls in the background.
Aug 28, 2017 near Rolling…, TX
1....2....3.... JUMP ! It's only about 10 feet deep (at this water level) and just a few stokes to get back to shallows.
Aug 28, 2017 near Rolling…, TX

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