Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
ElevationAscent: 304' 93 m
Descent: -20' -6 m
High: 853' 260 m
Low: 555' 169 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
Current trail conditions
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“An Austin icon when it comes to inner city green space.”— Caleb Joyce
Family Friendly The creek should be family friendly but at some spots you might run into a few 4:20 friendly groups.
When starting this hike from Zilker Park, the trail is wide and flat, covered with your typical Texas crushed granite. This section is ideal for anyone with limited mobility or families with strollers. As the trail continues, you'll pass large overhanging limestone where you can watch rock climbers playing in the beautiful greenbelt. This hike crosses the creek many times. Depending on the rainfall, there is almost always a way around these creek crossings. If it's a dry year, you can expect to hike right along the creek bed.
For swimming holes and waterfalls, the first one to cross will be Campbell's Hole around the 0.8-mile marker. The next one, Twin Falls is just past the Mopac Bridge around the 4.8-mile marker. Just over a mile past Twin Falls, you'll find Sculptor Falls. Even though these are the most popular spots to swim with a view, many people will take a dip anywhere along the creek.
Land Manager: City of Austin - Parks and Recreation
May 14, 2019: Govalle Pool Parking Lot Closure: May 15 to May 30, 2019
May 13, 2019: Lifeguards Needed! Hiring Event on May 14th