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Violet Crown Trail



5.4 mile 8.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 149' 45 m
Descent: -387' -118 m
High: 695' 212 m
Low: 453' 138 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (5°)


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Trail shared by Kylie Rush

A gem in the heart of Austin that is on its way to becoming the longest trail in Central Texas.

Kylie Rush

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Whether you start at Zilker Park or any one of our trailheads, you can find plants, animals, and plenty of views that the whole family will enjoy.

This trail has an uneven and rocky surface, and steep slopes. Numerous creek crossings along the route could periodically be flooded – proceed at your own risk.

This is a sensitive wildlife area. Please be kind to the plants and animals that live here. Stay on the designated trail. Respect others and share the trail. Bicyclists yield to pedestrians and pass slowly on the left. Dogs on leash at all times. Leave no trace. Pack it in, pack it out.


The first six-mile segment of the Violet Crown Trail is now open and is on its way to becoming the longest trail of its kind in Central Texas.

Once complete, the 30-mile trail will provide a unique recreational experience as it passes through the urban wildlands of the Barton Creek Wilderness Park, the City of Sunset Valley, and eventually into Hays County. Along its route, the trail will connect scenic natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, a library, and public parks. Passing near the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Violet Crown Trail will head south, winding through the rolling countryside of the City of Austin's Water Quality Protection Lands in a uniquely natural setting.

The Violet Crown Trail represents the greater vision of Hill Country Conservancy's work to get people out on the land. Users will have the opportunity to experience conservation lands like never before – surrounded by wildlife, clean streams, and the breathtaking views of land preserved by HCC and its partners.

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Sep 22, 2019
Kelli Marcella
Sep 7, 2019
Cliff Wilson
Jul 27, 2019
Laura Levisay
Apr 21, 2019
Ashley Fetsch
6.6mi — 2h 03m
Mar 23, 2019
Alan Cohen
Hiked from 360 trailhead 1.5 miles to Twin Falls and back. Then 0.25 mile too far and back to trailhead. 3mi — 3h 10m
Jan 5, 2019
Erica Pallo
Zilker trailhead to Spyglass trailhead. 2.5mi
Dec 25, 2018
Erica Pallo
May 6, 2018
Daniel V

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Some of the rock formations seen on the Violet Crown Trail.
Nov 25, 2015 near Rolling…, TX
Beautiful views like this are along almost the whole trail.
May 4, 2016 near Rolling…, TX
There are several rock climbing points along the trail.
May 4, 2016 near Rolling…, TX
Learn about some of the big plans for the future of the Violet Crown Trail!
Dec 1, 2015 near Rolling…, TX
Violet Crown Trail
Jan 4, 2019 near Rolling…, TX


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