Length: 7.6 miles
This one is obvious: the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail run is a long one that begins at Zilker Metropolitan Park and ends at the highly technical, and steep, Hill of Life. You can enter anywhere along the trail, and take a cooling dip at multiple places like Twin Falls or Sculpture Falls. And no day on the greenbelt is complete without a well-earned meal at Tacodeli on Spyglass.
North Central Austin
Length: 1.3 miles
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park’s shady Walnut Creek trail (not to be confused with the Walnut Creek trail in East Austin) is pretty popular for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners. This trail, which is less rocky than the Greenbelt, is marked with arrows that show you the quickest way out, so you can bail anytime. There’s plenty of parking, restroom facilities, and a pool close by that is open during summer months.
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