Barton Creek Greenbelt
Barton Creek Greenbelt
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Oliver T
Atlanta, GA852 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Parked our car on the side of road. As we walked to the trail head, noticed several cars with windows broken into. Decided to just go back to our car. There must be a homeless settlement in the woods. Easy to see the paths where they come and break into the cars.
Written June 11, 2023
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nancymoon
Austin, TX5 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
I used to love the green belt. I've gone to various parts for 20 years. In the past few years more and more people are finding their way there which would be okay except for the fact that every one and their dog brings their dog. Which would be endurable if they adhered to the leash laws. I love dogs, have one of my own, but I leave him home. Why? Because when there does happen to be water running (rare, unfortunately) and I find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the sound of rushing water I'm continually bombarded by dogs barking, growling, attacking one another, walking across me and shaking water all over me. Ruins the experience. Last two times I came home with gashes across my legs from dogs walking across me (with nearby owners smiling?). I wish Austin PD would hand out more tickets. I don't care about all the pot smoking - it smells like old memories and pot smokers are a quiet, peaceful group. So leave the pot smokers be but discourage the free roaming dogs.
Written July 20, 2012
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Ron S
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Jun 2019
So much fun just swimming, picnicking and having fun. The easiest way to access some great spots without having to walk five miles. 3900 Mopac Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78746, from this location you can access swimming within 100 yards or walk a little farther to get to the popular Twin Falls area.
Written July 6, 2019
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Deserted Dave
New Mexico353 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
I usually hit the Greenbelt at the 360 (Capitol of Texas Highway) access point, but have entered at nearly all places. I've been there in the hottest of summertime to the coldest winter days. I've walked the blistering boulder-strewn dry creek bed, and have seen Barton Creek flowing like it came out of a fire hose. I've climbed the Hill of Life and hiked to where the creek empties into the Colorado River (that's not a lake, folks), on both sides. I've seen the vegetation greener than the greenest of greens, and burnt to a crisp from drought. I've biked and hiked, sweated and bled on those trails, and have thousands of images to show for my efforts.
Written July 30, 2013
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,305 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is a very nice urban trail. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that outside of it's length it is just not that tough to do. It's a nice walk in the woods. Went out about 8AM and the small parking lot at 360 and Mopac was already 1/2 filled. A Saturday or Sunday..... I'd say be there at daylight if not before the parking area is pretty small. Now about the trail. This trail follows Barton Creek through quite an impressive canyon. The trail splits to the left along the creek and I stayed Creekside as much as possible. And the creek was running full although I have heard at times there is no water running just the deep pools of stagnant water. Along the trail are some very visible sights. 1st comes the Twin Falls. These were running well on this day. Next is Sculpture Falls. This impressive falls is not particularly high but weaves it's way through the limestone at various places with a large limestone out cropping in the center. Next there were a couple of small unnamed cascades. At the far end is the Hill of Life Dam a very impressive water feature. After visiting the dam you might as well climb the Hill of Life which is the only tough part of this 6.5 mile hike. You will leave the dam at an elevation of 510 feet and in 1?2 mile you are standing at 825 feet so it is quite a climb up. Why is it called the Hill of Life? I dunno but I saw numerous runners run down and go right back up so maybe it's a health thing. The trail is well worn and well marked. There is a mile post every 1/4 mile but most of them have been vandalized so the mile marker is gone. On most someone has used a black sharpie to write the mileage back on. I don't know why there can't be more respect for property. Shoes... since I moved to Texas one thing I have discovered, limestone is almost always damp and slick unless in the direct sun so wear good shoes. I have even grown to love the trekking pole because of the slippery limestone. And I saw many instances of dog pooh ON THE TRAIL! Come on folks if your gonna take your dogs out clean up after them or get them off the trail before they do their duty. If I step in it bushwhacking that's on me if I step in it on the trail well that's on YOU! Well worth the time this one but again get there early especially on weekends.
Written March 8, 2019
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Austinprogress
Austin, TX192 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
The Barton Green Greenbelt used to be a nice hangout for nature lovers in Austin. Well, then growth happened and armies of people have destroyed the greenbelt. Trails like highways, plastic trash everywhere, destroyed vegetation, civilization trash like entire bridges picnic tables etc in the dirty water and so forth does not make for a healthy place anymore. And on top of this development is more and more encroaching into the green. The greenbelt went down with Austin due to armies of migrants coming in from everywhere. Very sad.
Written December 29, 2016
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lizajj494
Shreveport, LA13 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
We were a little confused about where to enter but started at the Barton Springs pool parking lot. Pretty easy hike to some beautiful falls/rapids. The kids wore bathing suits and had so much fun playing in the rapids. Lots of poison ivy along the trail, just be aware.
Written April 23, 2015
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LRadMinneapolis
Minneapolis, MN69 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
This is a beautiful walk in the spring when the water is flowing. In March, before everything is leafed out you get to see more of the Creek while you are walking. The first part of the walk is downhill, but not difficult to traverse, until you get to the riverbed area, and it is basically flat after that, all the way to sculpture falls. The walk to twin falls only takes about 20 minutes. It is definitely worth it to keep going to sculpture falls. I would say its approximately an hour total (each way), if you are going slow and stopping a lot. Neither of these are actually "waterfalls" - I would consider them to be rapids- but the water is flowing over the rocks in beautiful formations in these areas, and is definitely worth the walk. Between the 2 "falls" you will pass two massive live Oak trees on your right that are really something to see. There are also pretty limestone outcroppings. Note that when you are heading back to the parking area the trail splits in a not very noticeable way, and you can accidentally keep going straight (as I did), and miss the upward climb to the parking area. There is a little marker with a left pointing arrow there - look for it. Another hiker told me that you can enter this trail at the "twin falls" marker on google maps where MoPac and 360 merge, as I did - or you can start at the other end - off of loop 360 where Scottish Woods Trail comes to a T intersection. There is a parking area at that end of the trail as well. I am going to try that half of the hike next!
Written March 6, 2015
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zeke h
Houston, TX757 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
I lived in Austin for over 3 years, and never made it to the Greenbelt. Shame on me. I went this past weekend, and it was glorious. Be warned, the Greenbelt is massive, and it's very possible to walk and not find a watering hole. The best way is to take the entrance off of Capital Highway. There are a couple of other spots, but are hard to find if you haven't been there before. Be prepared for at least a mile walk. Depending on where you park, the hike could be easy or moderately difficult. The Greenbelt is beautiful, with a running river, caves, trees, tons of walking paths, little beaches, rock cliffs and so much more. Definitely worth your time. Enjoy!
Written April 29, 2014
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trainerleslie
Austin, TX21 contributions
Apr 2013
What many people don't know about this greenbelt is that is an 8 mile track that keep you busy for hours. I'm surprised when I mention of the Hill of Life and get quizzical looks...so here's the rundown.

One end is at Barton Springs Pool. The other is the Hill of Life, located near Westlake High School.

Barton Springs area is wide open, 8-14 foot wide trail that's flat and with not much shade at first. When you get closer to the Spyglass entrance it starts to get really rocky. That's where you'll see rock climbers and hardcore biking.
The Hill of Life is the more scenic side. There are springs with constant water and panoramic views (if you take a route to the left while traversing down the Hill of Life) that look over 100's of preserved acres. A lot more shade, a lot more fun in my opinion.

However, my fave thing to do is go with friends, park cars at both ends and do the entire thing. Around 3hrs 15min and makes for a great day. Swim a little, take a snack...
Written May 30, 2013
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