The Austin Thru Hike route spans approximately 33.5 miles (54 km). There are optional trails that can extend the route. The Northern Terminus is at Copperfield Park and the Southern Terminus is near The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It can be hiked North to South or South to North.
This route is an intermediate level thru-hike which passes thru the heart of Austin, Texas. The main route is 33.5 miles (53.91 km) long. There is an optional loop trial around Town Lake which adds 7.12 miles (11.46 km) to the route (see the blue trail). There is an optional out and back trail that passes by the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Sculpture Falls and the Hill of Life that adds 5.83 miles (9.38 km) (see the purple trail). Hiking the main route and the two optional routes will total about 46.47 miles (74.78 km)
The route passes through many of the well known and lesser known greenspaces which include parks, forests, creeks, neighborhoods, train tracks and even through The Domain shopping mall. The terrain may include groomed or ungroomed trails, rocks, sand, mud, water crossings, creek beds and concrete. The route was created in Jan 2020 by @troyfromtexas. It may be hiked year round, as a whole, or in sections. Perhaps the best time to hike the route is October to April.
The route passes through Copperfield Park, Walnut Creek Metro Park, The Domain, Shoal Creek Greenbelt, Pease District Park, Duncan Neighborhood Park, Town Lake Metro Park, Butler Shores, Zilker Park, Barton Creek Park, The Violet Crown Trail, Dick Nichols District Park, Circle C Ranch Metro Park and ends near The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The route may be hiked North to South or South to North.
There are parking lots, restaurants, coffee shops and convenience stores located near each terminus. There are a variety of restaurants grocery stores and pubs located along the route.
This page will be updated with additional information and GPS data as additional mileage or alternative routes are added to the route.