The Texas Hill Country offers a plethora of state parks, nature preserves, and private ranches perfect for great hikes. The Hill Country is known for towering limestone bluffs, deep canyons with fern-lined springs guarded by tall bald cypress, and trails that meander through oak, juniper, and madrone groves. In order to make your trip the best it can be, the team at Walker Luxury Vacation Rentals has compiled a list of the best hiking trails near Austin, Texas. Make your pick of any of these Texas Hill Country hiking trails to witness the beauty of the area.
1. Hamilton Greenbelt and Hurst Hollow Preserve
With miles of well-maintained trails along the Hurt and Yaupon Creeks, the Hamilton Greenbelt and Hurst Hollow Preserve offers options for hiking, biking, or running. With a variety of trail lengths and difficulties, highlighted by shade, waterfalls, creek crossings, and scenic views of Lake Travis, the greenbelt is perfect for new and experienced hikers alike.
2. Homestead Trail Loop
Located within Austin’s city limits, McKinney Falls State Park is a popular state park, and for good reason. The scenic Onion Creek is the highlight of the park, and you can enjoy wading, fishing, or swimming in the creek to round out your day.
3. Pedernales Falls
Located a short drive west of Austin, Pedernales Falls State Park offers a unique getaway along the Pedernales River. The hike to Pedernales Falls is a short one-mile round-trip and explores the main Pedernales Falls area, a beautiful set of waterfalls cascading over large limestone slabs.
4. Milton Reimers Ranch Park
Located in Travis County Park, Milton Reimers Ranch Park is most notably known for the world-class rock climbing but make a day trip out to Reimers Ranch, and you’ll find extensive trails for both hiking and mountain biking. Enjoy over 18 miles of trails through the classic Central Texas landscape.
5. Turkey Creek Trail
Located in the Emma Long Metropolitan Park, The Turkey Creek Trail is a delight for hikers looking for a slightly more technical excursion than the groomed trails found downtown. This 2.8-mile round-trip loop takes hikers on a singletrack adventure that feels more rugged and remote than might be expected given the park’s proximity to downtown Austin.
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After an exciting day exploring the natural beauty of Texas Hill Country, relax and unwind in your Austin vacation rental. One great thing about Walker Luxury Vacation Rentals is the variety of luxury vacation rentals that are offered. We provide vacation rentals in Downtown Austin, Lake Austin, Lake Travis, and Hill Country. No matter what you’re looking for in an Austin vacation rental, we have something to suit your needs!