2. Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin
Arguably Austin’s most popular greenbelt, Barton Creek is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts interested in hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or even just soaking up the Texas sun. There isn’t much of a trek involved with going to hike Barton Creek Greenbelt trails. The 7.5 mile main trail at Barton Creek is minutes from downtown Austin and city life. Climb masses of limestone or the Hill of Life, which rises 300ft after just a third of a mile, connecting with multiple trails leading to quiet spots by the creek and swimming holes that appear after there’s been enough rain.