Barton Creek Greenbelt Summer Guide
Barton Creek Greenbelt is a staple in South Austin and many natives flock to this watering hole in the summer months. Do512 did the work for us and found the most popular and convenient spaces to enjoy the beautiful Austin weather. Here is a list of the various locations to help you get out and enjoy the Greenbelt.
Spyglass Access - 1601 Spyglass Dr.
This is an extremely popular location as it is located right behind Tacodeli. It even features a fairly new entrance! There is also usually easy street parking at this location. Once you head down the hill at the trail access, take a left and you’ll find your way to the Flats & the Campbell’s Hole swimming spot. Click here for a map.
Barton Hills/ Homedale Access - 2010 Homedale Dr.
You can also reach Campbell’s Hole from an access point at Barton Hills Elementary. Parking here is on the street in a residential neighborhood. Once you enter the trail, head north for Campbell’s Hole. Click here for a map.
Gus Fruh Access - 2642 Barton Hills Dr.
Here are some directions from TexasOutside.com: From I-35 exit on Riverside and head west. Drive 1.5 miles to Barton Creek Rd and turn left (west). Drive about one mile past the Lamar intersection and turn left on Robert E Lee Rd. Take the first right on Barton Hills Dr. Continue down Barton Hills for exactly 2 miles. The access is in the middle of a residential neighborhood on the right near the intersection of Barton Hills Dr. and Horseshoe Bend Cove
Gaines Creek/ Twin Falls Access - 3900 W. Frontage Rd.
This entrance is very popular but a little complicated to explain. You’ll take Loop 360/Capital of Texas Highway and take the on-ramp as if you’re heading south on Mopac. But stay on Frontage Rd. instead of getting onto Mopac. You’ll see parked cars on the right side and the access to the Greenbelt here. You can also access Twin Falls from parking on the Mopac access road just south of 360. Click here for a map.
Things to Keep in Mind Before You Go
- Be sure to keep the kids close by. Some of the trails have steep drop-offs, and of course, kids will need monitoring when swimming. (Obviously, no lifeguards at the Greenbelt.)
- If your child is fearful of dogs, be aware that there may be dogs running off-leash in these areas.
- Consider having the kids wear water shoes to help on slippery rocks. DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS, you’ll regret it.
- Be sure to take any trash out with you when you exit.
- Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle when you park.
- Try to head to the Greenbelt early in the day to avoid crowds.
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