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Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of Austin's most popular trails, which runs for nearly 8 miles through Barton Creek Wilderness Park southwest of the city. The dirt trail, best suited for mountain bikes, is flanked in places with rock walls and follows the course of its namesake creek through lush greenery. At the east end, Zilker Park features dinosaurs hiding among the botanical gardens. In summer, take a plunge into a refreshing swimming hole. During high water in the spring, water tumbles over low fall.
From the Barton Creek Greenbelt, you can access footpaths into the hills but cyclists must remain on the main greenbelt corridor. The trail is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The main access point for the Barton Creek Greenbelt is Loop 360 (3755-B Capital of Texas Highway), located in the center of the trail. Parking is available along the highway.
Additional parking is available on the east end of the trail at Zilker Park (2100 Barton Springs Road).
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