Austin Area Parks and Recreation

We’re blessed with having many parks within 3 hours of Austin!  Texas Outside is a great guide to check out to get descriptions of parks and facilities along with some good reviews of the trails by users.  

The city of Austin itself is home to a number of parks that appeal to all ages.  From the City Parks and Recreation website- "On Wednesday, October 14, 2004the Austin Parks and Recreation Department received National Recreation and Park Association’s 2004 Gold Medal Award. The award given in partnership with the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration recognizes the best parks and recreation system in the nation. "

According to the  the Parks and Recreation Department website, ".. oversees more than 16,682 acres of land containing 206 parks12 preserves. The department currently maintains more than 74 miles of hike-and-bike trails; 117 miles of lake patrol; 172 athletic fields; and 90 playscapes. Other facilities include 17 recreation centers; 3 senior activity centers; 1 garden center; 1 nature and science. ; 1 art center; 2 party houses; 4 museums, 6 amphitheaters; 6 golf courses; 108 tennis courts; 47 swimming pools and 2 beach-front facilities."

One of the newer parks in Austin is the Town Lake Park- possibly to be renamed since the lake is now Lady bird Lake?  A recent trip there to enjoy the fountains and climb the "mountain" was great fun!  Quite a crowd of little ones were wading in the little pools and waiting for the fountains to spray.  We enjoyed the wide sidewalks- easy access for our wheelchaired member- and admired all the plantings.  A grove of crepe myrtles are already pretty and will be  breathtaking as they gain some height.  The 10 year olds in our little group were quite taken with the large mound and the views from the summit.   Adding to the enjoyment of the afternoon was a short walk to Auditorium Shores where we watched some canine athletes in pursuit of tennis balls, frisbees, and each other!  A promise to return with our own family dogs was immediately made.  Smallest dog seen was a tea cup poodle.  Largest was a Mastiff mix to whom the poodle would have been less than an hors d’ouerve, but all were getting along beautifully! 

Texas State Parks

Bastrop State Park
1.5 miles east of Bastrop

Buescher State Park
FM 153 off Highway 71, Smithville

Colorado Bend State Park
FM 580, West of Lampasas near Bend

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Rural R 965, north of Fredericksburg

Links Lake State Park

Highway 29 on Park Road 4, near Burnet

McKinney Falls Parkway
McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin

Pedernales Falls State Park
FM 3232, near Johnson City


LCRA- Lower Colorado River Authority
Primitive camping areas:

Camp Creek Primitive Area
Lake Travis, off 1431

Gloster Bend Primitive Area
Lake Travis, off FM 1431

Grelle Primitive Area
Lake Travis, off #71 near Spicewood

Muleshoe Bend Primitive Area
Lake Travis, off #71 past Bee Cave

The Narrows Primitive Area
Lake Travis, off #71 near Spicewood

Shaffer Bend Primitive Area

Lake Travis, off 1431

Turkey Bend (east) Primitive Area
Lake Travis, off 1431

Travis County Parks

Arkansas Bend
Sylvester Ford Road, off RM 1431

Ben Fisher
FM 973 off US 290 East

Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point
On Lake Travis access from Comanche Trail

Cypress Creek
On Lake Travis, Anderson Mill Road at RM 2769

Dink Pearson

On Lake Travis near Lago Vista

Fritz Hughes
Lake Austin, near Mansfield Dam

Hippie Hollow
Lake Travis near Comanche Trail of RM 620

Little Webberville
On the Colorado River near FM 969

Mansfield Dam
RR 620

Pace Bend
2701 FM 2322, off #71

Richard Moya
Burleson Rd, 2.6 miles from 183 and Burleson

Sandy Creek
On Lake Travis off Lime Creek Road

Selma Hughes Park
Lake Austin off Quinlan Park Road

FM 629

Windmill Run
US 290 West and #71

City of Austin Parks and Greenbelts

Austin Parks and Recreation Department
200 south Lamar

Barton Creek Greenbelt

3755-B Loop 360

Boggy Creek Greenbelt
1114 Nile Street

Bull Creek Park and Greenbelt
6701 Lakewood Drive

Emma Long Metropolitan Park
1600 City Park Road


Johnson Creek
2100 Enfield Road

Lake Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park
6614 Blue Bluff Road

Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park

907 Slaughter Lane

Mount Bonnell Park
3800 Mount Bonnell Road, off Scenic Road

Pease Park
1100 Kingsbury Street

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail
Lamar Boulevard, from 38th Street to Town Lake

Slaughter Creek Metropolitan Park
507 West Slaughter Lane

Town Lake Metropolitan Park
Along the Colorado River

Waller Creek Greenbelt
403 East 15th Street

Waterloo Park
403 East 15th Street

Zilker Botanical Gardens
2200Barton springs road

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road


Austin Nature Preserves

Austin Nature and Science Center
303 Nature Center Drive

Barrow Preserve
7715 Long Point Drive

Blunn Creek Preserve

1200 St. Edwards Drive

Colorado River Preserve
US 183 at the Montopolis Bridge,
5827 Levander Loop

Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary
Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park
6614 Blue Bluff Road

Karst Preserve

3900 Deer Lane

Mayfield Preserve
3505 West 35th Street

Onion Creek Preserve
7001 Onion Creek Road

Vireo Preserve
1107 North Capital of Texas Highway

Zilker Nature Preserve
Zilker Park

Balcones Canyonlands

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

LCRA Preserves

McKinney Roughs Preserve
North Bastrop HWY 71

Westcave Preserve

Hamilton Pool Road

Travis County Preserves

Hamilton Pool Reserve
Hamilton Pool Road

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
805 North Loop 360


Cycling in Austin, Texas

Austin Cycling Association

Austin Flyers

Austin Ridge Riders

Bicycle Sport Shop
1426 Toomey Rd


University Cyclery 
2901 North Lamar Boulevard


Highland Lanes
8909 Burnet Road


Showplace Lanes
9504 North I-35

Westgate Lanes
2701 William Cannon Drive