Barton Springs District
Zilker Metropolitan Park


This 351-acre park is arguably the most popular in town. Train rides, a playscape for kids, a swimming pool, and jogging trails are available. Other attractions include Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin Nature and Science Center, Umlauf Sculpture...  Read More

McKinney Falls State Park


This 640-acre park boasts a unique swimming pool located under the falls. Hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking are available, along with camping facilities. Located 13 miles southeast of downtown Austin off US 183. For camping reservations, call 512-389-8900.

Town Lake Metropolitan Park


At one point, an effort was made to rename this park after Lady Bird Johnson, who was instrumental in its beautification process. Any time of the day, you'll find its trails packed with hikers, joggers, cyclists, and nature lovers. From Memorial...  Read More

Hamilton Pool Preserve


Once private lands, this 232-acre preserve is now owned in part by the county and is being restored to its natural state. Its focus is a soothing green pool nourished by a 45-foot waterfall. The formation took shape millennia ago when the land...  Read More



This spot offers the best view of Austin from its peak at 780 feet above sea level (the rest of the area is about 580 feet). A great spot for picnicking, too, with rolling hills, the Colorado River, and all of Austin virtually spread out before you.

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail


This wide trail spans more than four miles along Shoal Creek, starting in Pease Park. The lush greenbelt is a favorite of cyclists, joggers, and hikers.

Barton Springs District


This huge, spring-fed swimming hole is surrounded by lovely gardens and pecan trees. The pool is fed by spring waters that maintain a year-round temperature of about 68 degrees, and bubble up at the rate of 27 million gallons a day. Trivia note:...  Read More

Brushy Creek Regional Trail
Photo courtesy of Krissy Mayse


Brushy Creek Regional Trail encompasses seven miles of either paved or gravel trails. Cyclists cross the top of Brushy Creek Lake Dam and have the opportunity to view several informative markers describing the area's early history. There is...  Read More



Home to the "Lost Pines," a forest of pine trees that would seem more at home in East Texas, this park offers twelve log cabins, camping facilities, a swimming pool, a ten-acre lake, hiking, golfing, and more for the entire family to enjoy. For...  Read More



Popular with picnickers and joggers thanks to a convenient location and almost palpable serenity, Pease Park is also a favored hangout of students from the nearby University of Texas. Many local events are held here throughout the year. Located...  Read More