Austin is one of Texas’ most beautiful cities. It is surrounded by lush green hills, valleys and views that will take your breath away. This city is full of artists, poets and startups. It’s also home to cowboys, hippies and other creative types. This Texas City has something to offer everyone who visits it. Austin is known for its beautiful landscapes with sunshine and clear blue skies that make every hour of every day Instagram-worthy. Austin waterfalls are a popular spot to relax and enjoy.
1. Mckinney Falls
McKinney Falls covers 641 acres and has more than 80 campsites. You can also find group shelters, shelters with screens and a restaurant for group meals. Outdoor recreation includes hiking, mountain biking (bicycling), swimming, birding, wildlife observation, and other outdoor activities. Onion Creek runs 1.7 miles through the park and offers both fishing and swimming.
You can find many activities to keep you busy, including fishing, mountain biking and swimming. Onion Creek offers a great place to relax and cool off in the Texas heat. Walking along the limestone ledges is a great way to cool off, relax close to the falls, or soak your body in the many pools of water. Fishing licenses are not required here. There is ample access to Onion Creek on the coast.
The park is home to “Old Baldy,” a 100-foot-tall bald cypress tree well over 500 years old. It is interesting to note that the park is also part of El Camino Real de Los Tejas 300-years-old, a trail once traversed by Spanish, American, and French pioneers.
2. Twin falls
Twin Falls, which is located very close to Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, is a well-known waterfall frequented by many people throughout the year. This is a wonderful place to spend, whether you’re alone, or with family, or with friends. The 3.7-mile round trip is easy to hike and does not require you to bring your pet or children along, but they must be on a leash. You can also swim or jump in the swimming hole at the base. The best time to see this spot is after a storm when the stream has turned green and is roaring with water.
3. Hamilton Pool
Hamilton Pool Preserve is a unique attraction in Austin. It’s located only half an hour from the city in the stunning Hill Country. The Travis County Commissioner’s Court declared the historic swimming area as a preserve in 1990. There are 232 acres of nature preserve. The focus is on the preservation of natural habitats and education about environmental issues. However, the pool and grotto are the jewels of the property.
Hamilton Creek creates the waterfall by letting water over limestone outcroppings. Hamilton pool’s natural beauty is its half dome-shaped ledge, which provides shade and coolness for refreshing dips. The pool leads to a brook which eventually flows into Pedernales River. Although the waterfall’s water level can drop during droughts, it is still quite constant. This makes the pool a year-round attraction in Central Texas.
Nature lovers will be delighted by the diverse wildlife and lush plant communities that make up the area. The distance from the parking lot to the pool is about.5 miles. The trail along the creek from the pool to the river is about.75 miles. Alternatively, those who prefer to swim can go 1.25 miles from the parking lots. You can see a wide variety of birds, including the Golden Cheeked Warbler. There are also juniper, oak savannah and a variety of wildflowers. Several rare species, such as the chatterbox orchid, canyon mock-orange and red bay, have been found in the canyon areas of Hamilton Creek.
4. Sculpture Falls
The 6.8 kilometers, lightly traveled loop trail Sculpture Falls Loop can be found near Austin, Texas. It features a waterfall and can be used by all levels. It is mostly used for hiking, running and nature trips. Sculpture Falls is a hidden jewel that forms part of the 7.9-mile long Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s a great way to cool off during the Texas heat.To locate the trailhead, turn onto Scottish Woods Trail at 360. It will be much easier to park on Scottish Woods than Camp Craft. Unless you arrive before 7 am, there will be cars already parked here.
From the parking lot, you can walk to Camp Craft Road’s trailhead. The entrance to Barton Creek Greenbelt will be visible. Take a glance at the map below to see where Sculpture Falls is. It will not be marked on the trail. There are many smaller waterfalls on the route that could confuse you. The trail to the falls takes about 1.5 miles one-way. It begins at the “Hill of Life,” where you are most exposed to sunlight. Once you reach the bottom of the trail, it becomes shaded and tree-covered. The trail has mileage markers that allow you to keep track of your progress. You can make your paradise by reaching smaller waterfalls or wading pools along this trail if you’re there in time!
5. St. Edward’s Park
St. Edwards Park is a part park, part preserve. It’s not well-known even among Austin residents. It’s located on Spicewood Springs Road and is well hidden from most people.
It consists of one park and one preserve. The City of Austin parks system covers the area of Bull Creek. The park south of Bull Creek is subject to the stricter rules of Balcones Canyonland Preserve which, among other things, requires that dogs be kept on leashes. There are pockets of prairies on the north side, as well as river bottom habitat. The southern section rises above that of the northern part and consists mainly of rocky slopes with Cedar and Oak.
6. Bench Falls
Bench Falls is located near the Hill of Life on the Lost Creek trail. This small but impressive Austin waterfall makes a wonderful break during a hike. There’s plenty of space for people to relax and enjoy the view.