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Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Austin’s Barton Creek Greenbelt is the type of place that all nature lovers wish they had close by. We lived in Austin for several years but had no idea the place existed - had we lived there now, a simple internet search would have led us straight to it.

Trail at Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

Trail at Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

I think this is Nandina domestica. I had to do some research to be able to identify it. It turns out that it's an invasive plant, albeit a very pretty one.  

I think this is Nandina domestica. I had to do some research to be able to identify it. It turns out that it's an invasive plant, albeit a very pretty one.  

The 7.9 mile greenbelt trail begins at Zilker Park and continues south, on the east side of Mopac. The trail passes under 360, where we normally access the trail, and later turns north, passing to the west of 360 where it ends at the Barton Creek Wilderness Area.

Barton Creek, Austin, TX

Barton Creek, Austin, TX

Barton Creek, Austin TX

Barton Creek, Austin TX

The trail has been left in a very natural state, meaning that exposed roots and rocks can be expected along some areas of the trail. The trail is open to both hikers and mountain bikers but as far as we've seen, this mingling doesn’t cause a problem. Running alongside the trail is Barton Creek, which provides some amazing scenery along the way. For a photographer, this is the main attraction! 

Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

Barton Creek, Austin, TX

Barton Creek, Austin, TX

I am including a link to a very informative article about the Barton Creek Greenbelt. If you plan on going, make sure to click the link about the Violet Crown Trail extension. 

http://austinot.com/austin-greenbelt-guide

Barton Creek, Austin, TX

Barton Creek, Austin, TX

Trail at Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

Trail at Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX

The Backspace in Austin

The Backspace in Austin

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center