Austin: Barton Creek Greenbelt South

Waterfalls, swimming holes, and shady lunch spots highlight this 10.4-miler, just a short bus ride from downtown.

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Mapped by Melissa Stolasz

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.4



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Head S on Spyglass Access Trail and turn R onto Barton Greenbelt Trail to follow crystal-clear Barton Creek


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Canyon widens; trail enters Gus Fruh Park shaded by sycamores and elms


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Go L @ Y and cross creek onto small island


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L @ T; cross creek again and follow it, arcing SSW


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Tip-toe on rocks @ Three Falls


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R @ T; across creek, spot climbers on Seismic Wall, one of Austin’s popular crags. Continue W under Loop 360 (Capital of TX Hwy.) and keep R @ Y


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L @ Y where trail crosses wood bridge; stay on S side of creek


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Trail climbs rock ledge; chipped footholds and anchored chains assist near-vertical climb. Ahead, pass under MoPac South Hwy. and turn L @ Y to stay on W side of creek


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Take a dunk! Wade around boulders to Twin Falls, a small terraced cascade


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More falls; wide creekbend forms rapids. Continue N; pass creeklets feeding Barton, and angled rock jutting above


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Small cave


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Reach lush riparian area sheltering Twin Springs, which feeds Barton Creek. Turn around and hike back to Metro stop