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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. 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.
Parking is available on the west end of the trail in Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Rd.), mid-trail at Shoal Beach Park (707 W. Cesar Chavez St.) and Auditorium Shores Park (900 W. Riverside Dr.), and at Longhorn Shores Park (60 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.) on the trail's east end.
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