Some really lovely, shady bits--nice work on the plant restoration

Neat garden along the greenbelt
A garden and (?)B&B along the trail including this nifty faux-ruin.
User: plectrudis - 10/11/2016

Location: Shoal Creek

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 1point5stars
Miles Hiked: 4.32 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A


I followed the recommendation from the original poster and parked at the Randall's at 38th St.  This worked out well, but I didn't care for the several-block stretch on Lamar, which felt unpleasantly exposed and hectic.  Once around the corner and down along the creek, though, there were lots of cool, shady tunnels of green, and recent restoration work has added a bunch of nice natives, including bigtooth maples, Mexican plums, and a variety of oaks. I'll definitely come back here, especially in the summer.

The downsides are that it's a pretty busy trails--lots of joggers and cyclists--and the absence of bathrooms (that I could find, anyway).  Next time, I'll start further south, probably in the parking area off Shoal Creek Blvd.

Log Photos
Neat garden along the greenbelt
A shady tunnel with Spanish moss
Recommended Item
Recommended Item Lonely Planet Pocket Austin
Amy C Balfour
Your price: $13.24 Buy Now
Lonely Planet Pocket Austin is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Jump into the icy waters of Barton Springs Pool for instant relief when the heat gets too much, catch a local band at the Continental Club or one of the hundreds of live-music venues around town, or watch the nightly exodus of America's largest urban bat colony during summer, under the Congress Avenue Bridge; at all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Austin and begin your journey now!