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8 Great Ways to Exercise in The Hill Country

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Great Ways to Exercise in The Hill Country

The Hill Country offers a plethora of lakes, rivers, hike and bike trails, and other public spaces where you can engage in pretty much any outdoor sport you can think of. Most of the state parks in the area have specific trails suitable for hiking and mountain biking. If road bikes are more your speed, you can find trails with smoother terrain and paved road routes.

The best part about outdoor activities is you can usually find at least one other person to participate with you. Windsurfing? Join the Austin Windsurf Club. Running? Try the San Antonio RoadRunners. Running and drinking beer? There’s definitely a Hash House Harriers club nearby.

Here are some more great places to exercise outdoors in the Hill Country.

1. Hit The Trail

Great Ways to Exercise in The Hill Country

Photo: tpwd.texas.gov

Hiking is low impact, low cost, and you can find a trail in nearly any Hill Country town. The state and country parks in the area offer miles and miles of trails ranging from easy, relatively flat terrain to rugged routes with frequent elevation changes.

The plethora of hiking opportunities can be overwhelming, so the best place to start is at a state park. For example, Colorado Bend State Park has over 32 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails winding through different habitats, including caves and waterfalls.

2. Ride a Bike

Great Ways to Exercise in The Hill Country
Photo: tpwd.texas.gov

Cyclists and mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels can find various trails and routes throughout the scenic Texas Hill Country. All of the state parks in the area offer miles of trails, which vary in surface type and distance. If you want to stay in an urban setting, look for a city trail like the multi-use hike and bike trail at Lady Bird Lake in Austin.

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