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“Great place for running, walking, biking, kayaking, and more” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake, First Street Bridge at Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX 78701 (South Austin)
(512) 974-6700
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Ranked #4 of 182 Attractions in Austin
Type: Hiking Trails, Biking Trails, Trails, Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
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Owner description: Scenic trail through lush green parks and peaceful lakes: a great place to bike, hike and run.
Austin, Texas
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“Great place for running, walking, biking, kayaking, and more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I have found the Town Lake Hike and Bike trail to be one of the best places to work out and just spend time. So close to downtown it is convenient to get to and enjoy. I like parking at Zilker Park and running along Barton Springs to the Lake. The nice thing is, you can park in any number of places that are convenient to you and get access to the trail. There is also a nice dog run and park if you want to bring your dogs. Another great activity is to rent kayaks or canoes or stand up paddle boards. Prices are reasonable. I would not recommend the paddle boats as much as the other alternatives. They don't work as well and can be difficult to steer and control vs the more agile kayaks and canoes. If you have not tried the paddle boards, you should. It is not that hard to learn and really is a nice workout and enjoyable way to move around the Lake. By the way, there are no motor boats zooming by which helps to make this a really peaceful experience. The trail is almost all cinder track type running which I find to be very comfortable to run on. There are some slight inclines to give you some elevation and a good workout as you run. You can also run up to Congress and in a few blocks have a Starbucks after your run. There are some good running routes posted online giving you a choice of distances. Most involve crossing over bridges many of which are designed just for pedestrians. This just adds to the spectacular views of the city and the lake.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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“Austin is so lucky to have this network of trails right in the city! Congrats to the city planners!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

So nice to have a touch of nature right in the city. Diversity of plants and birds. If we had more time we would have rented bikes. Our only beef was that many cyclists rode was too fast past pedestians.

Visited February 2013
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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“Great Easy Running Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Easy to navigate with a lot of entrances and exits. Always people on it biking and running with dogs.

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New Jersey
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“Great Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Visited University of Texas Austin with my son and saw that this place has great review and came for a visit. This trail sure did not disappoint as we enjoyed it a lot. Saw many people biking, jogging, walking their kids in strollers, others walking with their dogs. There were also places where you can rent canoes and kayaks. The view is beautiful. Would love to visit again next time. The botanical garden and the science center are near by as well.

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Dallas, Texas
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“Very cool experience and the best part of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

First, let me say that my wife and I come from opposite ends of the 'biking' world. I ride hardcore offroad mountain bike trails on a $3,000+ full suspension bike and routinely leave a little 'blood sacrifice' to the 'trail gods'. My wife rides a cruiser with a front basket and a bell and loves to stroll around the neighborhood. With that said, we both had an absolute blast riding this trail! Lots of great things to see and do along the trail and plenty of distractions to keep you busy. If you visit Austin make sure to bring your bikes and have a fantastic time.

P.S. If you are a hardcore MTB trail enthusiast then make sure to check out Reveille Peak Ranch about an hour north of Austin. Dropped my wife off at the spa one morning and spent a few hours shredding some seriously intense trails up there. Awesome ride!

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