Barton Creek Greenbelt is a diverse terrain full of limestone cliffs, beautiful trees, and shallow creeks and is a popular location for adventure loving locals! It’s the perfect place to go rock climbing on limestone cliffs, mountain biking on challenging biking trails, or swimming, cliff diving, kayaking, and tubing in the creek! Barton Creek spans about 7.25-miles and is only minutes away from downtown! Accessing the greenbelt can be a little bit confusing, especially for newbies, so we compiled a list of the best access points and tips!
Best Greenbelt Access Points in Austin:
- Barton Hills Access
- Bull Creek Access
- Gains/Twin Falls Access
- Gus Frus Access
- Loop 360 Access
- Lost Creek Access
- Spyglass Access
- Trailhead Access
- Trails End Access
- Violet Hill Crown Trail
Barton Hills Access
2010 Homedale Dr, Austin, TX 78704
The Barton Hills Access is found in a residential neighborhood just north of Barton Hills Elementary School. You can find street parking in the neighborhood, but please be considerate for those who live in the neighbourhood. This entrance will lead you to Campbell’s Hole, a popular family-friendly swimming hole, and multiple hiking trails.
Bull Creek Access
300 Old Spicewood Springs Road Austin, TX, 78759
Bull Creek Greenbelt is a favorite hiking destination in northwest Austin known for its scenery, natural springs, waterfalls, swimming holes and limestone bluffs. Inga’s Trail, an entrance point that the Austin Sierra Club often uses, is located northeast of the trailhead. Parking is also available in a gravel lot across from the entrance to The Marquis at Treetops apartments.
Gaines/Twin Falls Access
3918 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78746
The Gaines/Twin Falls Access is a tricky spot to reach because there is no official parking lot. So make sure to be extra careful of traffic when walking along the road as you enter the access point. As you start to hike, you can find yourself at the popular swimming hole, Twin Falls. This access point is great for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers and is less crowded than the others.
Gus Fruh Access
2640 Barton Hills Dr, Austin, TX 78704
Gus Fruh access point is another popular swimming hole, and it can get quite deep, unlike Campbell’s Hole. You can also find multiple limestone climbing walls just south of the access point. There is parking, but it is street parking in a residential neighborhood. Make sure to be courteous of the residents in the neighborhood and not block driveways.
Loop 360 Access
3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704
Don’t be fooled by the office building as you pull up to the parking lot to access the trail; you’re at the right place! Loop 360 access is friendly and magical with magnificent rock structures, beautiful landscapes and tiny swimming spots along the trail. Loop 360 is also the main access point for the climbing destination Seismic Wall and is very popular for mountain biking.
Lost Creek Access
3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704
Lost Creek is now one of the most frequented entryways to the Greenbelt since it’s the perfect place to swim and relax! The first spot to Lost Creek has a huge rock in the middle where people usually set up shop and sunbathe on the flat rocks. Lost Creek is a hard entrance point to find, and a lot of people get frustrated, but don’t! When people talk about Lost Creek, they’re not talking about this spot; they’re talking about another! Lost Creek is about a 20 to 25-minute walk beyond this point, and the first step is to cross the creek. Once you cross the creek, you’ll find yourself at a popular watering hole with plenty of hammock space and a lounge room for partygoers.
1601 Spyglass Drive, Austin, TX 78704
Known for its proximity to Tacodeli, Spyglass has been one of Austin’s favorite access points. So find a parking spot, grab some breakfast tacos and head either north or south on the trail. If you go north, you’ll have easy access to Campbell’s Hole, and if you go right, you’ll be climbing walls and boulders at Seismic Wall and Enclave at the Barton Creek Greenbelt!
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Considered the trailhead of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, this access point is great for beginners and those looking for a low-impact, relaxing hike. This access point is the most accessible entrance for downtown dwellers, and there’s parking in and around Zilker Park, though it does get busy on weekends and you have to pay. The trail itself is flat enough for a relaxed first-time hike, but watch out for joggers and bikers. From here, if you head about 1.2 miles south, you’ll come to the next access point divided by a fork. You can either continue on the path or verge onto the other path to Violet Crown Trail.
Trails End Access
1710 Camp Craft Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Trails End access point leads to plenty of secluded trails ready to be explored as well as access to the Hill of Life and Sculpture Falls, a concealed swimming hole, perfect for a post-hike dip. The trail is perfect for mountain biking and perfect for trail runners who want an extra challenge with its loose rocks, concrete ledges, and 300-foot steep slope. It’s the most difficult hike of the Greenbelt, so make sure you take precautions. Keep in mind that you are entering a residential neighborhood, so be courteous to those who live there!
Violet Hill Crown Trail
4970 US-290, Austin, TX 78735
The Violet Hill Crown Trail follows the Greenbelt trail from Barton Springs, and continues south and onto the Gaines Creek Greenbelt. This trail features multiple caves and cliffs, but you’ll have to hike 4.5 miles with some steep, rocky areas to get there. It’s the perfect trail for a hiker who wants an adventurous challenge! There are several creek bed crossings so make sure to pay attention to the trail so that you don’t hurt yourself.
Map of Best Greenbelt Access Points in Austin