If you’re looking to embrace nature but much prefer the speed of your bicycle as opposed to your own two feet, why not take a spin through the Walnut Creek trail system in Austin to enjoy a scenic Texas Hill Country cruise with an urban-esque setting. The trail, which is preferred by many bikers, provides the extent of 15 miles through North Austin’s beauty, which can be rewarded at the end with a beverage and dining experience at a Hill Country restaurant, pub, or brewery!
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Bicycling the Texas Hill Country on Walnut Creek Trail in Austin
Southern Walnut Creek Trail
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The Southern Walnut Creek Trail component was Austin’s first Urban Trail. Beginning at Govalle Park, this portion of the system is open for public use and ends in the locale of Johnny Morris Road and Daffan Lane. At roughly seven miles in length and 10 feet wide, the trail is ideal for multi-user access and is abutted by two-foot shoulders on either side of its fully paved route. Running alongside trees, flat land, soft inclines, and water, this beautifully scenic route includes five bridges, several culverts, signs, and benches for viewing opportunities along the course.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1
With nine creek crossings and four trail heads, this component of the Walnut Creek Urban Trail system was completed in early 2016. The length of this portion runs from Mopac south to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park at approximately three miles in length. Additional miles and accesses are planned for added phases, including Phase 1A which is anticipated for approval sometime in 2017. This component will see the addition of a trail from Amherst Drive to the northern endpoint of the existing Phase 1 project.