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The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, named for a former Austin mayor and his wife, is a natural gem in the heart of the Texas capital. The scenic trail forms a loop around Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River, and is sometimes referred to as the Lady Bird Lake Trail or the Town Lake Trail.
The trail is bookended by two major recreational areas: Zilker Park on its western end and Guerrero Park on its eastern tip. The lush, tree-lined pathway also provides access to Lamar and Waller Beaches. Fishing is allowed on the rest areas but not along the main route. A unique highlight of the trail is its passage under the Congress Avenue Bridge, home to thousands of bats that canvas the sky at sundown during the summer months.
In June 2014, a lakefront boardwalk, including a series of bridges directly over the water, was completed, closing a short gap on the trail's south side and uniting its east and west halves. The 7,250-foot boardwalk is composed of concrete deck planks, is well-lit, and includes an art installation by Ken Little, 7 viewing areas, an ADA accessible pier, and a trailhead restroom. Water and restrooms are available at numerous locations along the trail. Refer to the TrailLink map for the exact locations of these amenities.
Austin's regional public transportation system (CapMetro) provides access to the trail. Visit the CapMetro website to plan your trip.
For those driving, parking is available at numerous locations along the trail. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions. Locations include Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Rd), Shoal Beach Park (707 W Cesar Chavez St), Auditorium Shores Park (900 W Riverside Dr), and Longhorn Shores Park (60 S Pleasant Valley Rd).
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