As the fall air settles, a retreat into the wild becomes more appealing than the bustle of urban life. These three trails offer fun and the best views of central Texas.
Overlooking the Colorado River with a spectacular view of Austin’s landscape, Mount Bonnell is a popular attraction for Austinites. Ideal for casual hikers, all it takes is a picturesque stair climb leading to the top. Once visitors finish the short hike, there are opportunities to settle down and enjoy the surrounding aesthetics or picnic at tables provided on the summit. There are also a few diverging trails for some more exploration of the river view, its surrounding mansions and city skyline. Mount Bonnell is a popular favorite among Austin residents and is a must to explore the city of Austin.
Known for hosting Austin City Limits, which draws over a hundred artists and thousands of fans to the city every year, Zilker Park has much more to offer than the sold-out musicians who come to perform. Featuring expansive green fields and a glamourous view of downtown Austin, the park is a hotspot destination for outdoor-loving people looking to have a good time. Every day, residents and tourists come to take advantage of the play grounds, running trails, tennis courts, volleyball pits, picnic tables and multi-purpose fields. It’s also easy to cool off afterwards in the neighboring Barton Springs Pool. Along with ACL, Zilker Park hosts a number of events including Trail of Lights and the Austin Kite Festival, and even offers boat and canoe rentals at the river nearby. Zilker Park is an Austin staple, visit for a run or memorable day of enjoyment.
Enchanted Rock State Park
For the more fearless outdoor enthusiasts Enchanted Rock State Park offers a multitude of rugged and adventurous landscape. Located in Fredericksburg, the park offers scenic nature and wildlife. The rock itself can be seen from a distance and creates the mythical appeal of sacred ground, hence the legends surrounding it. Stories tell of Tonkawa Indians bestowing the name on the giant dome as they believed it was the magical result of spell cast on it. At the height of 425 feet, Enchanted Rock is an uphill marathon. Creeks and caves with narrow entrances beckon the risk-takers. Rock climbing is also available. Surrounding the rock are several miles of hiking trails circle with stops for picnicking and camping.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a hassle when it can be an adventure at any one of these parks. Whether you’re a beginner or looking for a challenge, Texas has the perfect trail for you and your friends to visit.