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Gems in Central Texas - 6

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gem Favorite Sunset on top of NW Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

(23) Frederi…, TX
gem Favorite View from Sculpture Falls (wintertime). Barton creek is known for its beautiful blue-green water.

Sculpture Falls

(9) Rolling…, TX
gem Favorite Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool

(9) The Hills, TX
gem Favorite Switchbacks await on the Peninsula Pass Trail.

Rough Hollow Cove

(1) Lakeway, TX
gem Favorite View of Colorado River from the riverbank near Gorman Falls

Gorman Falls

(14) Lampasas, TX
gem Favorite Zilker Park Barton Springs spill out...leading out the Barton Creek finger. Such a blast for the kids. Super refreshing spring water! The spring itself is on the upper other side of this spill out.

Barton Springs

(8) Austin, TX

Recommended Routes in Central Texas - 20

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Favorite Nature's stair stepper. It does not disappoint!
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

River Place Nature Trail

5.6 mi 8.9 km 620' Up 189.12 m Up 620' Down 189.11 m Down

Barton…, TX
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Favorite Trickling waterfall
Intermediate Intermediate

Turkey Creek Trail

2.8 mi 4.6 km 167' Up 50.94 m Up 168' Down 51.3 m Down

Lost Creek, TX
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Favorite Barton Creek is lots of fun. Keep a good eye on your dogs and kids when playing the little waterfalls :)
Intermediate Intermediate

Upper Barton Creek Greenbelt

5.0 mi 8.1 km 299' Up 91.01 m Up 299' Down 91.13 m Down

Rolling…, TX
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Favorite Sloping flanks of Enchanted Rock
Intermediate Intermediate

Enchanted Rock Tour

6.3 mi 10.1 km 771' Up 234.96 m Up 769' Down 234.53 m Down

Frederi…, TX
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Favorite This trail takes you to the little beach finger you see sticking out into the water on the left side of the picture.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Lakeway Canyonlands to Rough Hollow Cove

6.0 mi 9.7 km 660' Up 201.29 m Up 658' Down 200.63 m Down

Lakeway, TX
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Favorite My son navigating us through our hike and creating new GPS tracks with the Hiking Project app ! :)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Lakeway Canyonlands & Mt. Lakeway Scenic View

5.8 mi 9.4 km 751' Up 228.8 m Up 751' Down 228.76 m Down

The Hills, TX
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Favorite Pennybacker Bridge, Austin, TX
Intermediate Intermediate

Pennybacker Bridge Overlook Trail

0.1 mi 0.2 km 18' Up 5.49 m Up 8' Down 2.45 m Down

West La…, TX
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Favorite Barton Creek is lots of fun. Keep a good eye on your dogs and kids when playing the little waterfalls :)
Intermediate Intermediate

Lower Barton Creek Greenbelt

7.8 mi 12.5 km 167' Up 50.98 m Up 167' Down 50.87 m Down

Rolling…, TX
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Favorite Hamilton Pool.... minus the crowds .... in the off season.  This is a great short trail just about anytime of the year... after summer crowds are gone is best  :)
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Hamilton Pool Loop

0.6 mi 1.0 km 137' Up 41.69 m Up 137' Down 41.87 m Down

The Hills, TX
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Central Texas Hiking

  • 498 Miles 801 Kilometers of Trail
  • 20 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Gems Gems
  • 218 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 276 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central Texas - 488

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26.4 mi 42.5 km #1Goodwater Loop Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Serenada, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Serenada, TX 32 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fredericksburg, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fredericksburg, TX 23 
10.1 mi 16.2 km #3Juniper Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Johnson City, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Johnson City, TX
6.4 mi 10.3 km #4Great Escape Trail
Easy Easy
Spicewood, TX
Easy Easy
Spicewood, TX
0.3 mi 0.5 km #5Trophy Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Lakeway, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Lakeway, TX
0.6 mi 0.9 km #6Rim Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
The Hills, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
The Hills, TX
1.0 mi 1.6 km #7Canyon Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
The Hills, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
The Hills, TX
3.0 mi 4.9 km #8Pine Gulch Loop
Intermediate Intermediate
Smithville, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Smithville, TX
1.2 mi 2.0 km #9Lake Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Lakeway, TX
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Lakeway, TX
3.4 mi 5.4 km #10Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Rollingwood, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Rollingwood, TX 19 

Photos of Central Texas - 458

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Sloping flanks of Enchanted Rock
Jul 25, 2016 near Frederi…, TX
Nature's stair stepper. It does not disappoint!
Nov 11, 2016 near Lost Creek, TX
Hamilton Pool.... minus the crowds .... in the off season.  This is a great short trail just about anytime of the year... after summer crowds are gone is best  :)
Aug 28, 2017 near The Hills, TX
Enjoying a lift on Wolf Mountain
Dec 2, 2017 near Johnson…, TX
Hamilton Pool
Jan 5, 2018 near The Hills, TX
The morning sun looked amazing on this field!
Jul 23, 2019 near Wyldwood, TX
the flattest part of the trail is between mile 10 -15, great for casual bike rides.
Nov 24, 2021 near Serenada, TX
Steps down to the trailhead at Horseshoe Bay Nature Park.
Jul 13, 2023 near Horsesh…, TX
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