Looking for kid-friendly hikes in Austin? We’ve got the full scoop on trails that are stroller-friendly and even some that include a waterfall or swimming hole. Get ready to get out an explore with your family!
Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe!
Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail
We love this trail around Lady Bird Lake because it offers tons of options if you want to do it again and again. This 10-mile hike-and-bike trail meanders along the water’s edge and passes by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields and cultural attractions. Hop on at any point and use the bridges to cut across the water when you want to loop back around. There are even some parks located along the way.
More info: thetrailfoundation.org
Violet Crown Trail
If you are looking to really get out into nature, this is the trail for you. Designed to be a 30-mile trail once completed, you can currently trek on six miles of trail past the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Much of the trail is ADA accessible and therefore stroller friendly.
More info: violetcrowntrail.com
Turkey Creek Trail
This 2.8-mile trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park is particularly fun for kids as you'll be crossing over a number of creeks along your way (don't forget the water shoes during the wetter months). Dogs are allowed off-leash here so keep that in mind when hiking with the little ones.
More info: alltrails.com
River Place Nature Trail
There are three trail options at River Place Nature Trail from flat to one with lots of stairs and elevation gain. The Panther Hollow Trail is the best choice for children, walkers who don’t regularly hike or who aren’t as comfortable walking on rough terrain, or for an easy stroll with the pups.
More info: friendsofriverplacetrail.com
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Located near the Capitol of Texas Highway, this 2.5-mile trail is particularly awesome for kid hikers. Head to the Wild Basin Creative Research Center to learn about the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler that lives here. There's even a waterfall and gorgeous viewpoint along the way!
More info: parks.traviscountytx.gov
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Known just as "the Greenbelt" this is a great spot to take the kids when the heat is on and you want to get a little exercise with some swimming holes thrown in. There are multiple different access points so you can mix it up for your next visit and enjoy a different portion of this 7.25-mile trail.
More info: austinparks.org