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Barton Creek Greenbelt Hiking Trail Austin Tx - Twin Falls on South Mopac Austin Tx

Brigitte Thompson has been a realtor in Austin, TX, since 2007. Enjoys cooking and writing blogs about Texas.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Twin Falls - Map and Location

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Barton Creek Greenbelt and Wilderness Park - Twin Falls entrance and trails, Austin TX

Twin Falls Entrance Location: 3900 W. Frontage Road Mopac, Austin TX

Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday - Sunday

Admittance: Free

Pets allowed on Leash only


Hiking - Biking - Rock Climbing - Swimming

The Barton Creek Greenbelt - Twin Falls trail offers a little more rugged trail for the mountain bikers and hikers. This trail is minutes from downtown Austin and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Twin Falls Trail is surrounded by nature at its best – Wildflowers, Cliff Walls, Caves, Wildlife, Hill Country Views, Natural Swimming Holes and Waterfalls.

The Barton Creek Greenbelt trail follows along Barton Creek for about 7.9 miles and encompasses an area of 809 acres. Most people park along the service/access road located at 3918 S Mopac Expressway. See trail map below, there are six entrances to the greenbelt (Starting at Zilker Park, Spyglass, Gus Fruh, Loop 360, Twin Falls and Scottish Woods).

Twin Falls is located half a mile from the entrance, during the drought there may be some dry areas, but still fun to walk along the dry creek bed to do what I call “Central Texas Hill Country Beach Combing.” My family and I have discovered interesting rocks and I even found an arrowhead or two. Some of the swimming holes, have enough water and are deep enough to jump in and cool off.

It takes about 20 to 30 Minutes to walk to the falls, and you do have to be respectful of the mountain bikers as they ride the bikes on the same foot path as the hikers. Pets are allowed, and usually on leash.

Caves and Rock Climbing

Caves and rock walls for climbing, as seen in this photo of my mother who is 73 years old climbing this cliff wall to a small cave like she was 16 years old!!! Proof that life is what you make of it, and you're only as old as you think you are! Go Mom!

Barton Creek Greenbelt is also a popular site for cavers and spelunking. The Airmen's cave is the longest cave in Travis County. There are scheduled guided exploration tours of the Airmen's cave with the Austin Texas area spelunking clubs and organizations. This cave was sealed off to the public due to lost hikers and explorers resulting in too many rescues.

Kayaking, Tubing, Fishing and Wildlife/Bird watching

During the rainy season when there is water in Barton Creek you may find joy in floating on a tube or exploring the creek in a kayak. Toss in a fishing pole and catch a channel cat or a striped bass. For the nature lover, you can spot turtles, squirrels and various bird species to include Indigo Bunting, Summer Tanager, Orchard Oriole and on a few rare occasions a Golden-cheeked Warbler.





Here are few trail tips

  • Bring Plenty of water
  • Pack a lunch or snack
  • Where appropriate hiking shoes
  • Take your cameras
  • Watch for snakes
  • Keep your valuables at home, as there have been a few break-ins in the parking area
  • Take a bag for your trash, there are garbage cans at the entrance and exits of the trail-Help keep our parks clean.
  • Keep your pets on leash and clean up after them-keeping your pets on leash protects them from harm, we saw a few lost dog signs on the trail and the bikes do come around the corners pretty fast.
  • Best time to find water in the creek is in the Spring and after a good rain, otherwise the creek will dry up during the hot summer months.
  • Keep in mind the the trails can become slick and and muddy right after a heavy rain, and several hiking accidents have been reported-- watch for those slippery downward trails.


There are picnic benches in a few areas, to sit and relax and enjoy the Texas Hill Country Views.


Twin Falls Hike and Bike Trails Austin Texas

The Critique's Corner

The only critique I have about this trail are the bikers, while we all have to share the trail and be respectful of each other many of the bikers, have no regard for the hiker, children or pets. They come barreling down the path expecting you to jump out of the way and give leering looks if you don't move fast enough. Some of the trails are narrow and follow along steep gorges and ravines. One false move out of a bikers way could spell catastrophe.

Please keep your dog on a leash -- It is so sad to see lost dog signs posted along the trail!


The History Behind the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Trails

Over a quarter of a Million People visit the Barton Creek Greenbelt every year.

Between 1992 and 1999, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) purchased nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Barton Creek watershed, this park protects the water quality of the Edwards Aquifer, conserves habitat for endangered species, maintains the area's dramatic views, and expands hiking trails and picnic areas. (source: TPL.org). Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Land Management is managed by the City of Austin, TX Barton Creek Greenbelt and Wilderness Preserve. Protecting endangered species, caves and watershed.

In Summary

If you are a nature lover, photographer, sports enthusiast, enjoy nature and it's beauty or just curious as to why all the cars are parked along Mopac on the weekends. Barton Creek Greenbelt and the Twin Falls Trails are one of the best places to take your family and enjoy the day.



See The Barton Creek Greenbelt Austin TX -- Trail Map Below the Photos

Please leave a comment in a comment box at the bottom of this page. I would love to hear your reviews about the Twin Falls Trails at Barton Creek Greenbelt.



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Comments

steven on May 29, 2014:

thanks for the good read!