Hiking trails plus easy access to the city? These suburbs offer the best of both worlds.
Are you always ready to lace up your hiking boots or hop on your bike? Then be sure to add these Austin suburbs to your list. With miles (and miles) of scenic hiking and biking trails, these are perfect for anyone who loves to get out and explore the great outdoors.
Here’s just a taste of what these suburbs have to offer for outdoorsy residents…
#1. Round Rock
Old Settlers Park — a 645-acre park in Round Rock — features everything from sports complexes to a man-made fishing lake. But the real draw here is the Old Settlers Park Trail. This 3.3-mile path is wide, paved, and perfect for anyone — bikers, hikers, dog walkers, or parents pushing strollers.
This town 30 miles north of Austin is known for its natural attractions. There’s the Inner Space Cavern filled with stalactites and Blue Hole Park where anyone can swim in the summer. But if you’re looking for a more low-key spot, check out Pickett Trail. This scenic trail features views of the San Gabriel River plus dogs are welcome on leash.
#3. Brushy Creek and Cedar Park
Cyclists and hikers have their pick of trails in and around Cedar Park. One of the most popular paths in the area is the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. This 7-mile moderate trail is great for anyone who wants to get out on a scenic jog or ride (it’s dog friendly, too). This path travels through the Brushy Creek Greenbelt which, in addition to trails, features a small lake for kayaking, a playscape and splash pad for kids plus an expansive sports complex for local teams.
When residents want a quieter hike, they often head to Whitestone Preserve Trail. This scenic loop trail in Cedar Park passes multiple caves and open, grassy fields. While it’s a beautiful spot it never seems to get too crowded.
Just 15 miles south of Austin you’ll find the ever-growing town of Buda. Residents have tons of options for outdoor activities but one of the most popular go-tos is Cullen Country Park. This 24-acre outdoor oasis is home to hiking and biking trails plus plenty of shaded picnic tables where you can sit and take in the view of Garlic Creek.
Head to Mueller Lake Park for tons of different outdoor activities. One of our favorite amenities is the impressive loop trail that hikers and cyclists can tackle. But you don’t have to work up a sweat to enjoy this park. Here you’ll also find a weekly farmers market, food trucks, and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts.
#6. Onion Creek
Onion Creek Metropolitan Park offers a rugged trail system, playground, and picnic areas. And if you’re an equestrian, this is the place for you. Most of the trails were developed for horseback riding and you might even meet some other equine enthusiasts while you’re out on the trails.
Living in Rollingwood means you’ll be able to make the most of the area’s sunny climate. Visitors can easily get to the Colorado River for an afternoon of kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. And when you’re more in the mood for a cycling or running adventure, make your way to the South Hike & Bike Trailhead. From here, you can explore a few different paths, like the scenic Ann and Roy Butler and Lake Bird Lake trails.
When Pflugerville residents want to get away from it all they know the Northeast Metro Park Trail is the place to go. This somewhat secluded path is the perfect place to take a relaxed run or bike ride and unwind from the stress of the day. Dogs are even welcome to tag along as long as they stay on a leash.
The trail is just one option. You’ll also find tennis courts, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds near the path. If anyone in your crew loves extreme sports, keep an eye out for the BMX Track nearby.
#9. Bee Cave
For a chance to “rough it” without actually leaving town, Bee Cave residents can head to Falconhead West Primitive Park. What makes this park so rugged? It’s been mainly untouched meaning that, while you won’t find restrooms, you’ll get to take a hike or mountain bike ride through a well-preserved natural environment. As you explore the Greenway Trail, soak in the views of the rolling hills, cacti, and wildflowers. Plus, pup parents love that this is another dog-friendly spot in the Austin area.
#10. Steiner Ranch
While you’re getting to know the Steiner Ranch area be sure to explore the beautiful Riverplace Nature Trail. This hike packs a punch — you’ll pass waterfalls, pools, and maybe even a turtle or two. But make sure you bring the right gear for this one. With more than 2,000 stairs this hike is no easy feat. Finish the trek and you’ll be treated to a great view.
#11. Great Hills
Great Hills is just 12 miles from Austin, but when you’re out on the Dominion at Great Hills Trail you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The trails at this smaller neighborhood park are great for adventurous hikers or trail runners. And if you prefer to explore on two wheels there’s also a mountain bike path you can take through the park.
Moving to town with little ones? Check out the playground and grassy field near the trailheads.
Whether you’re looking for an outdoorsy suburb (or not) we’re here to help every step of the way. Before you lace up those hiking shoes, reach out to schedule your free Strategy Session.