Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
Training for the Livestrong Marathon in Austin? Are you a weekend recreational jogger? In either case, there are lots of places to hit the track and put in a few miles before heading to work. For you beginners, you can try the smooth, friendly trails close to Auditorium Shores. The well-loved 3.2-mile loop from the South First Bridge all the way down to the Mopac Bridge is thought by many to be the best place for rookie runs or quick tune-ups for the more serious runner. This trail also provides 7 & 10 miles loops for those who have a little more time or are more experienced and eager. You’ll be safe with the 3.2 mile section, and it has two water stops for your convenience. Learn more.
Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail
The Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail offers Austin runners a stunning, if less manicured, 3 miles of terrain close to Central Austin (3 miles one way, 6 round trip). Be prepared to be more nimble along the way than you have to be at Lady Bird. Park at the trailhead, located at 2600 N. Lamar, or you can pick up the same trail from Lady Bird Trail between Caesar Chavez and Lamar Blvd. Learn more.
Brushy Creek Trail
The Austin Brushy Creek Trail is a wonderful gravel-paved trail located in the far north area of Austin, in the Avery Ranch area. It runs parallel to Brushy Creek, offers 2.5 miles of one-way running, and again, is less manicured than Lady Bird. Brushy Creek Trail is adequate for biking and running, and much better for walking in a pet friendly atmosphere. Learn more.