After 20 years of planning the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake is well worth the wait.

Its grand debut in summer 2014 allowed Austinites to enjoy the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake in its entirety. The Boardwalk bridges the 1.3-mile gap that had historically required trail visitors to endure vehicle traffic as they traveled along Riverside Drive and IH-35 to connect back to the route.

The Boardwalk completes the 10.1-mile loop of the popular hike and bike trail uniting Lakeshore Park to the end of the trail located at the Austin American-Statesman Building. It is the perfect addition to Lady Bird Lake by combining Texas vibes Austin culture outdoor recreation and the beauty of the environment.

It is home to the Belting it Out art installation by artist Ken Little. Commissioned by Art in Public Places Little designed 36 bronze western-style belts that have been incorporated into the Boardwalk’s railings. Each belt is engraved with song lyrics from Texas songwriters and singers.

Half of the trail is over land while the rest is elevated above wetland areas bordered on both sides by the lake. The Boardwalk offers a scenic view of the city’s defining skyscrapers. It has seven additional viewing areas along the trail that provide benches for relaxation educational graphics and opportunities to watch the wildlife.

Recreationists will find that the wider trail accommodates cyclists and running enthusiasts. Pedestrians can enjoy a scenic stroll along the trail. The viewing areas create the perfect spots to capture a skyline view a romantic moment or any picture with an Austin backdrop.

The Boardwalk is open daily from 5 a.m. until midnight. Guests will find that LED light fixtures allow visitors to safely walk the trail and get an even more intimate view of the cityscape over the lake at night.

While enjoying one of the city’s newest gems visitors should bring water because there are no fountains along this mile-long route. A few shelters along the trail also provide limited coverage from the weather.

The Boardwalk is accessed at three points:

  • Riverside Drive at Blunn Creek (near Joe’s Crab Shack)
  • International Shores Park at 1820 S. Lakeshore Blvd
  • From the northeast corner of Riverside Dr/IH-35 intersection.

For more information the City of Austin’s website provides a map of the trail and the surrounding areas.