Austin Greenbelts: Nature's Beauty Just Steps From Downtown
Earlier this month Gadabout Gal Tiffany and I spent a long weekend in Austin, Texas for a women's travel retreat. If you haven't yet visited Austin, you definitely need to put it on your short list! It's a town with a super cool vibe, great food, live music everywhere and fantastic green spaces!
When I'm visiting a new place I like to try and walk as much as I can. So when we found out that our Stay Alfred at the Lake apartment was just a little over a mile walk to our retreat space that took us through Zilker Park (a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next to the park), we couldn't wait to put our walking shoes on and get exploring!
One of my favorite things about the retreat were the afternoon excursions. Our first afternoon we took a three mile hike through the Barton Creek Greenbelt led by Herding Hens. She was an awesome trail guide and specializes in women's adventures.
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is located in south-central Austin and contains 12.68 miles of nature trails filled with limestone, bluffs, scenic river trails and will also lead you to the Barton Springs Pool (three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming). This particular greenbelt is considered one of the top hiking trails in Texas, the 7th top trail actually.
It felt great to get out and walk and see a side of Austin that makes this super cool town that much cooler. I loved to see so many people of all ages, shapes and sizes walking, hiking, running, biking, kayaking, with their dogs, playing sports and just enjoying the outdoors!
If you enjoy the outdoors we highly recommend checking out Austin's wonderful Greenbelts!