Local Hikes: Austin, TX

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» Barton Creek Greenbelt Austinites don’t even have to leave city limits for a legit hike. “From Hill of Life trailhead, go 8.5 rolling miles through woods and crags to the swimming hole on Barton Creek,” says president Bill Talbot. “Then hit Shady Grove for live music.” Miles from city center 3; Trip ID39465

» Lost Pines Trail, Bastrop SP Beat Lone Star heat by cruising this soft, loamy trail shaded by the area’s “lost pines,” an isolated stand of loblolly pines in an otherwise barren, arid landscape. The 8.5-mile Lost Pines Loop tours the forest and passes primitive camping. Miles from city center 33; Trip ID7758