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Home Austin Insider Blog This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of. Whatever your recreational preference, Austin likely has it.
The city is, after all, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, which boasts state parksrivers, swimming holescliff wallsand every other type of outdoor destination imaginable.
Land-goers and water-lovers alike have countless ways to choose to spend their time outdoors. Here are nine reasons Austin has become a mecca for lovers of the outdoors. Credit Sean Loyless, courtesy of RootsRated. While the greenbelt meanders throughout the city, the Barton Creek Greenbelt boasts almost 13 miles of trails.
Whether you prefer to hit the trail on two feet or two wheels, you can look forward to enjoying typical Hill Country landscapes and scenery along the way.
With the Hike and Bike Trail on both sides of the lake, in addition to Zilker ParkBarton SpringsRed Bud Isleand Festival Beach along its shores, a day spent on the lake offers countless opportunities for recreation.
Credit ClimbTexas, courtesy of RootsRated. As mentioned, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a great destination for climbers, but several other parks just outside of Austin also offer great rock-climbing terrain.
Reimers Ranch on the same stretch of road as Hamilton Pool provides highly technical cliff walls that skilled climbers love to practice on. Pedernales Falls offers varied terrain along the Pedernales River. It offers wild bouldering opportunities with rocky riverbeds and giant boulders scattered from the shorelines to the center of the river.
Amazing Cycling Culture Austin features a strong cycling culturewith local bike shops providing anything you need from rentals to guidance. Mountain bikers will enjoy the off-road routes found on the in-town greenbelt and at nearby parks like Pedernales Falls.
Or take a leisurely downtown ride along the Hike and Bike Trail. Road bikers will find plenty of open road outside of town, including the Willow City Loop, where you can rack up endless scenic miles in the Texas Hill Country.
Credit Matthew Rutledge, courtesy of RootsRated. Central Texas in particular is wildly colorful, especially in the spring when the bluebonnets begin to blossom. Credit Leon Bovenkerk, courtesy of RootsRated.
Barton Springs and Deep Eddyboth of which are open year round and are long-time Austin hot spots. Outdoor Yoga Yoga is all the rage in Austin, and outdoor yoga has become a popular draw.
For one, the flagship Whole Foods on North Lamar offers seasonal yoga classes on its rooftop - for free. In addition, you can find studios teaching outdoor classes at places like Auditorium Shores, or on stand-up paddleboards on both Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin.
From breweries to old-school dive bars, there are patios all over the city where you can celebrate your feats in the outdoors. Jester King and Live Oak breweries are both outside of town in different directions that have incredible patios and house-made beer.
In Austin, Rainey Street is a local haven for patios, tacos, shade trees, and much-deserved drinks.Explore Ways to Donate. Leadership.
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