By the Kent Redding Group
Rated as the 3rd most popular thing to do in Austin Texas on tripadvisor.com, the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail offers the best opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the lake while getting great exercise.
If you come to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail during the summer months be sure to get there early because it’s not uncommon for the temperature in Austin to reach the triple digits but one of the great things about hiking or biking on this trail is that there are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way and you can always cool off at Barton Springs Pool which is nearby.
Austin Texas Boardwalk
There are currently 3,000 to 15,000 people using the Trail every day of the year. The Trail was formed in the 1970’s as part of a lakefront beautification effort. As the city grew in the 1980’s, it became a recreational resource. In 2011, the Trail is now serving our city in an additional way – an alternative transportation route for our growing urban core.
Completing the Trail along the lakefront has been discussed almost since the Trail’s inception. The Boardwalk was initially conceived of by a visionary Parks Department employee, Butch Smith, about 20 years ago. The Trail Foundation’s foundational 2007 Investment Study included important transportation data and focused the need to complete the Trail. This study was critical in providing a comprehensive analysis and clear articulation of the range of issues and options associated with completing the Trail. The study included schematics of alternative alignments, conceptual designs, engineering issues, environmental issues, permitting requirements and public involvement options.
Tips for Using the Boardwalk:
- Free parking is available along S. Lakeshore Blvd. You can also park under I-35 before the lake and walk across the highway to the boardwalk.
- If you plan on bringing your dog out for a walk don’t forget to utilize the free water fountains and doggie bowls along the boardwalk so that you can give your dog plenty of water to drink on hot days and if your dog does their “business” on the trail there are also free bags for clean up as well.
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