Parks and Nature Preserves
Town Lake Metropolitan Parks | Austin, TX
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"I LOVE this park. I come here to run. I like to park at the east end of the park and run west. I've only come here on the weekdays and in my experience the east end has a lot less people than the west end. The trail runs along the lake offering gorgeous views of the lake and the shore. They have easy to spot mile makers at 1/4 miles all along the trail. This is great if you are training or trying to time your MPH. The trails are very well maintained and are easy to run/walk/bike on. There are least six miles of marked trails.
I always see canoes, turtles and a variety of duck species as I run along the lake. There are a lot of interesting features along the trail. From rustic bridges, cool lookouts to statuesque bathrooms made from reclaimed materials. These things really add to the charm of the park. The trail runs just east of I-35, through downtown, all the way past Lamar. The only thing I have found unpleasant is running past the bat caves, just don't inhale and you'll be fine. (:
San Gabriel Park - Georgetown
Meandering right through the heart of Georgetown are the North Fork and the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. Along the banks of the San Gabriel River where the two forks meet, you’ll find one of the most beautiful parks in the state of Texas.
San Gabriel Park is graced with 200 year-old oak trees that offer shady spots for family picnics. The 130-acre park also provides space for concerts and festivals, as well as fields for soccer and baseball.
A hike and bike trail goes through the park, including a one-mile loop in the park and other segments that connect to Blue Hole Park, Rivery Park, and all the way to Lake Georgetown.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park | 1706 City Park Rd. Austin, TX 78730
"It's a bt of a drive from my neck of the woods but I absolutely love the nature trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park. I went with my boyfriend and dog and we didn't know what to expect...it was awesome! The trails are gorgeous and fun and there are tons of fun things to see, including a cactus in a tree! My dog loved it too, there were tons of stepping stones over the water that he got to hop across, it was really exciting for him. It's an absolutely beautiful park!" -Erin K. Austin, TX
For a complete list of Austin area parks, go here.
Barton Springs Pool | 2101 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704
"OK so how could I write a review about Barton Springs and not give it 5 stars? Maybe if I didn't like cold water I guess. This is one of the quintessential Austin hotspots. If you live in or around Austin and you haven't been here, you should probably go within 5 minutes of reading this.
What could be better then an enormous swimming hole? The water is pretty cold but nothing feels better on a 100 degree summer day. It is also cheap, so you can't complain that it's too expensive. And if you go early or late it's free.