@Orb2009 We also got some local perspective from our Austin team for this question:

  • The Lady Bird Lake/Ann Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is ever an Austin staple. The 10 mile loop partially paved boardwalk/dirt track circles Town Lake, right on the downtown riverfront. Bridges which cross the lake allow you to split your hike/bike into smaller sections or you can do the whole 10 mile loop.
  • The Barton Creek Greenbelt offers miles of recreation opportunities from light well-marked walking routes to more rugged trails featuring stream crossings.
  • If you have a dog, the Turkey Creek Trail in Northwest Austin , near Emma Long Metro Park is a great option. The 2.9 mile loop trail is off-leash, features river crossings, rocky inclines, and wildflower fields. The parking lot is free for day use.
  • Pedernales Falls and Pace Bend Park are both Texas State Parks now open for day-use visitors near Austin.

We also encourage you to check out this thread as it has a couple of good ideas in it as well.

Hope this helps, thanks!

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