A great place to go hiking in Austin is Barton Creek Greenbelt. It features different entrances and trails that are available for you to choose from with different unique elements in each. A good resource for the different trails is here. This website has the different addresses and also explains where you should park for each entrance.
My boyfriend and I went on the Gaines/Twin Falls Access trail that’s listed on the website. We went with a big group of people of his club members at UT Austin. The weather was super nice; it wasn’t too hot or too cold. We started walking on the trail which was a lot more prettier than I expected. The trail consists of many trees (a rare site in Texas) and views of hills that surround the area. You don’t realize that you’re actually on top of a huge hill when you’re at the top of the trail, so majority of the trail is downhill. There are some tricky parts, we had one person slip and fall after missing their footing on some of the rocks. Other than that, it’s a fun trail with a rocky terrain; I’m a person who doesn’t like boring dirt trails so this was exciting for me.
You get to see tons of cute dogs along the way and there are even bikers who go on the trail as well. There is also a river that runs along the trail that is available for you to swim in, however it wasn’t hot enough for us to swim and parts of the river were dried up. Although, we got pretty far into the trail when we got to a part of the river that wasn’t dried up. It was astounding with all of the pretty colored trees and rocks. We sat there for awhile skipping rocks and taking pictures of the area. It was very peaceful as it wasn’t crowded at all, which I was pleasantly surprised with as we went on a weekend.
We didn’t fully finish the trail as we ran out of time and people had to leave but we spent about 2 hours hiking and I enjoyed every bit of it. I highly recommend this trail with its beautiful views and diverse terrain if you’re into hiking. I will definitely be going on the other trails of Greenbelt soon and am excited to see what they have in store!