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Violet Crown Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (15)

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


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5.4

Miles

8.6

KM

Point to Point

695' 212 m

High

453' 138 m

Low

149' 45 m

Up

387' 118 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Description

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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Shared By:

Kylie Rush

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  3.9 from 15 votes

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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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Aug 23, 2020
Brian Burgi
With Barrett and Clementine 2mi — 1h 24m
Jun 25, 2020
Brian Burgi
4.5mi — 1h 55m
May 4, 2020
Caitlyn Mccormick
Jan 1, 2020
Stephen LaChance
Dec 15, 2019
Paige Davis
Dry season so there was very little water in the creek, walked along the creek bed and watched some climbers along the way. 6mi — 1h 30m
Nov 29, 2019
Amanda E
Muddy, drizzle, slick leaf decay
Nov 3, 2019
Lisa Benoit
Great hike to start the year 11.2mi — 4h 45m
Sep 22, 2019
Kelli Marcella