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Top 7 Hikes and Trails in Austin to do with Kids

Published Mar 18, 2020

Getting outside and exploring the natural beauty of Austin is a great activity to bond with your family. Whenever I get outside for some exercise, I find I feel happier and more calm the rest of the day!

Instilling into kids the importance of getting outside for some fresh air and greenery is super important. Getting into the habit of playing outdoors and even just going for a nice walk outside among the trees is a routine that will set kids up for a positive lifestyle. Here are seven of our favorite hikes and trails to do with the whole family!

Lady Bird Lake 

There are trails running alongside Lady Bird Lake which runners, walkers and cyclists visit. They give a great opportunity not too far from downtown to get out in nature. Other ways of enjoying Lady Bird Lake's beauty include paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, or river cruising.

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Barton Creek Greenbelt

A 7.25-mile strip of public property, the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It consists of three areas: Lower Greenbelt, Upper Greenbelt and Wilderness Park Barton Creek. It's a popular outdoor destination for casual strollers and athletes alike. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, bouldering, swimming and bird-watching are common outdoor activities that visitors enjoy in the park. 

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McKinney Falls State Park

Think of this park as the backyard for Austin; it is just 13 miles from the state capital. Camping, climbing, mountain or road biking, geocaching, bouldering, and picnicking are all happening at McKinney Falls State Park. In Onion Creek you can fish and swim too. After rainfall onion creek will flood so look out for the flow of the creek; contact the park for current conditions at the creek. 

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Red Bud Isle Park

Red Bud Isle Park is the perfect trail for anyone with smaller kids because it is a flat walking path. Dogs are free to go off leash so it's a great option for your furry friend. If you're feeling extra adventurous you can even go kayaking or canoeing and play a game of volleyball!

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River Place Nature Trail

River Place Nature Trail is a heavily trafficked 5.5 mile back and forth trail located near Austin, Texas, which features a waterfall and is considered a more challenging hike. The path provides lots of different activities, and is open throughout the year. This trail can also be used by dogs but must be kept on leash.

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Southern Walnut Creek Trail

The Southern Walnut Creek Trail is a treat for nature lovers. Located in East Austin, this stunning twisting and turning labyrinth of trees and vegetation is the newest recreational opportunity for hikers, joggers and cyclists in the area.

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Mount Bonnell

The name Mount Bonnell can seem like a bit of a stretch to people from mountainous regions of the world. The 775-foot summit would qualify, by most standards, as a great hill. It's one of the tallest in Austin though. But if you're not impressed with Mount Bonnell's height, it's still a perfect place to get an overview of the city and enjoy a stunning view.

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We hope these 7 hikes and trails are great options for your family. Please let us know if there are any great ones we missed in the comments below!

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