Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk

Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks

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Best Attractions & Activities: Lady Bird Lake - once named Town Lake and still called that by many locals - is a major recreation area for the city. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail around the lake lies at the heart of Austin, with 10 miles of a unique urban path that meanders along the water's edge and the downtown core. The Boardwalk portion was completed in 2014 and adds new paths and beauty. The lake itself bans motorized boats, so kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding are more popular in its downtown location. The trail and boardwalk are pet friendly (leashed). The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, named for a former Austin mayor and his wife, is a natural gem in the heart of the Texas capital. But the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail is more than a great pathway--it is a place where Austin thrives. For many citizens and visitors, it represents the best Austin has to offer: outdoor recreation; a scenic, natural environment; and a diverse, vibrant mix of people.

Outdoor Activities: Austin's physically fit reputation is in full effect on the popular Hike and Bike Trail, a 10-mile loop of natural and urban splendor encircling picturesque Lady Bird Lake (aka the Colorado River) in the heart of downtown. From buff bikers to dog walkers to strolling slackers, Austin is well-represented on this busy, crunchy, and well-worn path.


1928 S Lakeshore Blvd
Austin, TX 78741

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Expert Tips by Shelley Seale

Austin Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "Park in the lot next to Austin High School for easy access to the trail; or on the east side if I-35 for Boardwalk access."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: There is no better way to enjoy central Austin and stay healthy than a walk, run or bike ride along this trail.

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