Take a Hike!

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The trees are changing, the temperature has dropped…it’s time to #TakeAHike! No, seriously, it’s #NationalTakeAHikeDay and we’ve got some great hikes here in Austin.

Below are six hikes that APF staff members have recommended – are you ready to hit the trail?

St. Edward’s Greenbelt

This hidden gem in Northwest Austin is the perfect destination for hikers and trail runners alike and features a stunning natural swimming hole to cool off after your trek.

Spicewood Valley Trail

This quaint trail sits inside the Spicewood Estates neighborhood offering an escape from the hustle and bustle.

Photo courtesy of Jared McBride

Hill of Life

This trail has beautiful views as you wander down toward the creek – remember, what declines must incline so be prepared for the hike back up! Enjoy the sounds of water flowing over the Hill of Life Dam or get lost in the beauty of the trees.


Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Take a stroll along the scenic shores of Lake Austin (P.S. it’s one of the few places with campsites in Central Austin if you want to turn your day trip into an all-night adventure).

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park

Similar to Emma Long Metro Park, you can escape to Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park. This park offers a quiet space to explore and relax! Miles of trails, woods and plenty of quiet space to explore or relax!

Bull Creek District Park

Home to some of Austin’s best hiking trails, this park connects to the larger Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt along Hwy. 360.