Three Year Round Events in Austin: Historic Capital Walk, Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail Walk, and Fairview/Travis Heights Neighborhood Walk
Start/Finish: Extended Stay America/formerly Homestead Suites, 507 South First Street, corner of S. First St. and Barton Springs Rd. Phone (512) 476-1818. Ask for the walk box at the desk, and ask for a parking permit to place in your car. The $10 fee is waived when you are a walker and only parking for a few hours. Restroom facilities are available here.
***Visitors who need accommodation while in Austin might consider staying at Extended Stay. They are centrally located, within walking distance of numerous dining opportunities, and have been most gracious as a starting point for our walks.***
Awards: Only “B” awards are available. The choices of “B” awards available are shown inside the front of the sign-in logbook.
Historic Capital Walk, Y0068: A downtown walk including the State Capital Complex (going through the Capitol Building when open), the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, the University of Texas as Austin campus, and several historical buildings in downtown Austin. This is an 11K/6K route. Rated 1A. There are some small hills and stairs. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcomed, but you may have to detour to bypass stairs at LBJ Library and UT Tower. Special Classifications: Bridges – Spanning the USA, Doin’ The Louisiana Purchase, Ice Cream Parlors, Lady Liberty Special Program, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, State Capital, Take a Walk In a City Park, United States Post offices, Walk the USA – Street by Street.
Lady Bird Lake Walk, Y0069: Follow the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail along the banks of scenic downtown Lady Bird Lake. Lady Bird Lake is part of the Colorado River (No not the one in Arizona, this is Texas’ own Colorado River), after which the club is named. The new route takes you east to the Longhorn Dam, passing the Mexican American Cultural Center, and walking on our new boardwalk. Great views of the Austin skyline. This is an 11K/6K route. Rated 1A, suitable for strollers. Special Classifications: Bridges – Spanning the USA, Doin’ The Louisiana Purchase, Little Free Libraries, Take a Walk In a City Park.
Fairview/Travis Heights Neighborhoods Walk, Y1672: This 10K/6K walk is rated 1A, but has some steep hills. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcomed but may have difficulty with hills. Central to this walk are neighborhoods dating back to the 1880’s. You will pass a unique blend of elegant Victorian mansions, beautifully restored cottages, quaint bungalows and recently built homes of striking design. The walk finishes with a walk up South Congress passing an interesting array of restaurants, retail shops and art galleries. This area is an Austin original. Special Classifications: Bridges – Spanning the USA, Doin’ The Louisiana Purchase, Ice Cream Parlors, Little Free Libraries, Take a Walk In a City Park, Walk the USA – Street by Street.
Directions to Start/Finish:
From the south on IH-35, take the Riverside exit (233), which is just before Lady Bird Lake. Turn left (west) onto Riverside Dr. and pick up the directions at Follow Riverside Dr. below.
From the north on IH-35, take the Riverside Dr. exit (233), which is also just before Lady Bird Lake. Take the frontage road bridge across Lady Bird Lake and prepare to merge right into Riverside Dr. after crossing Lady Bird Lake. Follow Riverside Dr. for about ½ mile to Congress Ave. Cross Congress Ave. and get into the left turn lane for Barton Springs Rd., which is the next traffic light. Left onto Barton Springs Rd. and get into left lane for South First St., which is the next traffic light. Left onto South First St. The very first driveway on your left on South First St. is the entrance to Extended Stay/formerly Homestead Suites. There is a RESTROOM here before you begin your walk.