Do you love getting out and exploring the fantastic nature all around Austin? There is no better place to appreciate the more peaceful parts of the city than in all of the parks and trails that can be found here. We've put together a list of some of the most popular running trails in the Austin area below, but there are many more not mentioned here. We encourage you to go out and discover more trails for yourself, and see if you can find a hidden gem in Austin!
Check out our top 5 running trails below:
Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail - This popular 10 mile trail surrounds Lady Bird Lake, offering scenic views of the water and easy access to various downtown locations, such as Zilker Park and the Long Center. Free, dog-friendly, and ample parking at the trail's many access points.
Brushy Creek Regional Trail - Spreading out over nearly 7 miles and connecting through 6 different parks, this trail is great for a simple, tranquil run. Together, the parks offer a variety of amenities, including splash pads, climbing rocks, restrooms, and more. Part of the trail is even paved, making it even easier to traverse.
Walnut Creek Park Trails - This North Austin system of trails is great for new and experienced runners alike. With many side trails to explore and a relatively smooth path, you may find yourself wanting to spend the whole day there! Just make sure to be aware of cyclists and off-leash dogs, which are allowed in this park.
McKinney Falls Park Trails - 13 miles from the capital, this is the perfect trail system to "get away from it all." Nearly 9 miles of trails, camping sites, and the beautiful Onion Creek offer plenty of variety and views to those who visit. A small fee of $6 is required for anyone over the age of 12, and parking is available inside the park.
River Place Trail - Are you looking for a more challenging run? The River Place Trail will step up to meet that challenge! This trail is more steep and rugged than any of the others on the list, and a great place for training or just for something different. No bikes are allowed here, so you don't need to share the trail with anyone, except for leashed dogs. This trail is free to explore, and has a few limited parking options.