Austin is an anomaly of a city. Yes, it has big buildings, nightlife, and the rush of traffic, but these concrete elements somehow seem at home within their lush, green setting. This contrast ensures that Austin’s Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail affords one of Austin’s many nonurban pleasures all within minutes' access to the bright lights/big city. On any given day, you can hop off the interstate and onto your bike for a spin around the lake. The sanded path is studded but not packed with runners, bikers, and walkers so as to create the warm glow of urban community wellness. On town Lake, between Pleasant Valley and Zilker Park.
Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake
The Trail Foundation, PO Box 5195, 855/448-7245
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