Best Scenic Running Trails in Austin

Austin is known for its succulent slices of BBQ brisket and an amazing live music scene. But there is so much more to this inland city in Texas, including its undeveloped lands that have been preserved for recreational activities.  There are a few different greenbelts here, and plenty of running trails located within them where you can renew yourself physically and mentally. Reduce the stress on your joints and feel your troubles melt away on any of these scenic running trails in Austin.

Town Lake Trail

Sometimes referred to as Lady Bird Lake, Town Lake is a beautiful place to run. Enjoy the 10-mile cinder track that outlines the lake, or chart your own course for a shorter run. There is very little elevation gain, making this a great place to make your first foray into trail running.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

When you’re up for something a little more challenging, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is located just minutes from the heart of Austin and offers more than 12 miles of stunning trails.

  • Rattlesnake Trail: This 7-mile lollipop is accessible from the Loop 360 parking lot. The trail starts out relatively flat and is canopied by lush, green trees. After the first two miles, the trail gains some elevation, then drops down into a creek bed.
  • Sweet Nasty Trail: For some quick hill work on a winding, single track loop, this is the trail for you. The payoff for the elevation gain is stunning views of the city. Use the Loop 360 access point.
  • Twin Falls Trail: The terrain on this trail is more diverse than others, and is also a little less crowded. Twin falls is about .25 miles from the trailhead at Gaines/Twin Falls entrance. Keep going to Sculpture Falls, then head back for a 5-mile run. The water features on this trail make it a great place for you and your four-legged friend to get some exercise.

Barton Creek and other greenbelts boast plenty of trails for every fitness level. Treadmills are great for rainy days, but nothing is more invigorating than a trail run on a clear, cool day.

Have you explored any other running trails in Austin? Share your faves in the comments below.


Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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