Lower Barton Creek Greenbelt
ElevationAscent: 167' 51 m
Descent: -167' -51 m
High: 564' 172 m
Low: 487' 148 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
Popular runs nearby
Lady Bird Lake
10.5 mi 16.8 km • Loop • 200 ft Ascent 61.1 m Ascent
Upper Barton Creek Greenbelt
5.0 mi 8.1 km • Out and Back • 299 ft Ascent 91.01 m Ascent
Homestead Trail Loop
3.4 mi 5.4 km • Loop • 156 ft Ascent 47.44 m Ascent
Hamilton Greenbelt & Hurst Hollow Preserve
4.2 mi 6.7 km • Loop • 271 ft Ascent 82.57 m Ascent
Lakeway Canyonlands & Mt. Lakeway Scenic View
5.8 mi 9.4 km • Out and Back • 751 ft Ascent 228.8 m Ascent
Lime Kiln Loop
1.3 mi 2.1 km • Loop • 172 ft Ascent 52.42 m Ascent
“A great day trip to explore the swimming holes, scenery, and rock climbing areas of lower Barton Creek Greenbelt.”— Donovan Acker
Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers
This run is a fun and practical way to experience the entire Barton Creek greenbelt system as well as the scenic downtown Austin trails that continue off from the greenbelt through Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and the Shoal Creek downtown section. If you have already done the downtown day trip around Lady Bird Lake Trail, then this route will take you deeper into the Austin greenbelt experience.
Need to Know
Along the greenbelt, there are a ton of nice spots to rest and even try some basic rock climbing if that's your interest. The highlight of this route is at the halfway turn-around point where you arrive at the Barton Creek Falls and sculptured rocks area. This one of the most popular locals spots around in the summer or whenever the water is up.
The run itself is pretty straightforward, and this route allows you to access the Barton Creek Falls without having to deal with the heavy traffic and often over-crowded upper trails near the falls themselves... this is the experts back way into the falls!
As with most trails and runs around Austin, this is a very dog friendly/fun route.
Land Manager: Hill Country Conservancy