One thing is for certain: when it comes to the great outdoors Austin just can’t be beat. From inner city greenbelts to nearby state parks Austin has been enjoying an ongoing love affair with Mother Nature for years. Presented here are just a few of the many  parks in Texas in the Austin area. For more information and a complete listing of all area Austin parks call the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) at 512-499-6700 the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) at 512-473-4083 the Travis County Parks Department at 512-473-9437 and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at 512-389-8900.

Balcones Canyonland Preserve


Barton Creek Greenbelt

Access from off MoPac South west of Capital of Texas Hwy. (Loop 360) or from Zilker Park west of the pool.

Blunn Creek Greenbelt

700 East Live Oak to 1400 Alameda then to Riverside Drive.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

1600 City Park Road

Mansfield Recreation Area

Northwest end of Mansfield  Dam on RR620

Mayfield Park and Preserve

3808 W. 35th Street

Pace Bend Park

FM 2322 off Hwy. 71

Pease District Park and Splash Pad

North Lamar between 12th and 24th Street

Shoal Creek Greenbelt

From 38th Street to Town Lake

Town Lake Metropolitan Park

Tom Miller Dam to Longhorn Dam

Waterloo Park

403 E. 15th Street

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

805 Capital of Texas Hwy.; 512-327-7622

Zilker Metropolitan Park

2100-2200 Barton Springs Road


Texas State Parks

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Reservations: 512-389-8900

Bastrop State Park

3005 Hwy. 21 East Bastrop TX 78602
(512) 321-2101

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

16710 Ranch Rd 965 Fredericksburg TX 78624

Garner State Park

HCR #70 Box 599 Concan TX 78838

Hill Country State Natural Area

10600 Bandera Creek Rd Bandera TX 78003

Kerrville-Schreiner State Park 

2385 Bandera Highway Kerrville TX 78028
830-257-5392 or 830-257-CAMP

Lost Maples State Natural Area

37221 FM 187 Vanderpool TX 78885
Foliage Color Change Report:

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site

P O Box 238 Stonewall TX 78671

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway

Pedernales Falls State Park 

2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City TX 78636