We all know how gorgeous Mt. Bonnell is -- hell, half of our population got engaged there. Barton Creek Greenbelt is right in the heart of Austin and has something for everyone. But what about the other beautiful parks and preserves, the ones that get a little less love (and luckily for you, slightly less people)? Grab your best girl/guy, your pup & some good shoes, and get ready to break a sweat.
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
West of Austin in Marble Falls, this 23,000-acre wildlife refuge offers seven miles of trails, including one called the Rimrock Trail. Stop off at the Doeskin Ranch Public Use area and you’ll find a couple of easier loops but the real treat is Rimrock Trail -- 2.2 vigorous miles that will get you onto a plateau with sprawling Hill Country Views. No dogs allowed, be sure to take water!