Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail

Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail (formerly called Town Lake Trail) is one of the most natural, fitness-friendly hike and bike paths in an urban area anywhere in the United States.

photo:  Photo by R. E. Martin. Type: Greenway
Length: 10.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: On both sides of the lake in downtown Austin, TX, in Austin's Town Lake Park.
States: Texas
Counties: Travis
Latitude: 30.27225   Longitude: -97.7719

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Description

The trail bisects the center of downtown and is surrounded by 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, with access to parks, nature centers and wilderness preserves.

It's Austin's most memorable tourist attraction and Central Texas' link between north and south and east and west. The Trail is the central meeting point for recreation, concerts, fairs, the arts, and family gatherings. With its diverse and unifying role, the park is a critical ingredient to what makes Austin a "livable" city and is a key element of what makes Austinites proud to call this city home.

Scenic downtown location along linear lake, lots of use. Millions of bats live under major bridge crossing over the trail. Site of 2004 National Trails Symposium.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 3%
Elevation Low Point: 434
Elevation High Point: 450
Year Designated: 1975

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Featured NRT page from American Trails
Website: The Trail Foundation

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Joe Diaz
Austin Parks & Recreation Dept.
200 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin , TX 78704
(512) 974-6700
Joe.Diaz@austintexas.gov
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/ann-and-roy-butler-hike-and-bike-trai

Information Contact:
D'Anne Williams
Landscape Architect
Austin Parks & Recreation Dept.
200 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin , TX 78704
(512) 974-6763
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation

Information Contact:
Susan Rankin
Executive Director
The Trail Foundation
P.O. Box 5195
Austin , TX 78763
(855) 448-7245
susan@thetrailfoundation.org
http://www.thetrailfoundation.org

 

Photos

Historic Lamar Blvd. Bridge with new bridge parallel to it. Photo by R. E. Martin.

Historic Lamar Blvd. Bridge with new bridge parallel to it. Photo by R. E. Martin.

 Photo by R. E. Martin.

Photo by R. E. Martin.

 

A young angler along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas. Photo by Chris Sheffield.

A young angler along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas. Photo by Chris Sheffield.

 

Young anglers along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Ladybird Lake just south of downtown Austin, Texas. Photo by Chris Sheffield.

Young anglers along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Ladybird Lake just south of downtown Austin, Texas. Photo by Chris Sheffield.

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