Austin Running Guide

United States

A city full of rambling footpaths and greenbelts, Austin makes it easy to carve out runs of any distance. You’ll find riverfront pedestrian paths that provide many options for going longer if you’re having fun and cruising. If trails are more your thing, there are many parks within the city limits where you can get your dirt fix.

Austin Cycling Guide

Top Running Routes in Austin

  1. Town Lake

    • 4.7 mi Distance
    • 169 ft Elevation

    The quintessential Austin run is a loop around Lady Bird Lake on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail or, as most locals still call it, the Town Lake Trail. The crushed g...

  2. Town Lake Long Run

    • 10.0 mi Distance
    • 377 ft Elevation

    After you’ve conquered the shorter loops around Lady Bird Lake, it’s time to make the full 10.1-mile loop. This loop is great for marathon training and tempo runs as it is rela...

  3. The Greenbelt

    • 14.6 mi Distance
    • 427 ft Elevation

    Austin trail runners need not travel far to satisfy their thirst for dirt. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a true trail running experience right in the middle of the city. Start...

  4. Scenic Loop

    • 9.0 mi Distance
    • 728 ft Elevation

    A favorite route for marathon training, the Scenic Loop gets its name not just because it is scenic but also because it travels down Scenic Drive. Those who are training for th...

  5. Bull Creek Greenbelt

    • 8.0 mi Distance
    • 1,314 ft Elevation

    The Bull Creek Greenbelt is one of the best places in Austin for trail running, offering a network of hilly technical trails right off of highway 360. There are many options fo...

  6. Walnut Creek Metro Park

    • 6.3 mi Distance
    • 565 ft Elevation

    Walnut Creek Metro Park is the perfect place for beginner trail runners or those who just dabble in dirt. A winding maze of trails allows you to run as far as you like. The si...

  7. Shoal Creek Trail

    • 4.9 mi Distance
    • 159 ft Elevation

    The trail along the Shoal Creek Greenbelt is a bit more rustic than the Lady Bird Lake Trail with surfaces varying from paved to dirt, complete with roots and rock obstacles as ...

  8. Brushy Creek Trail

    • 11.3 mi Distance
    • 179 ft Elevation

    The Brushy Creek Regional Trail is a popular place for runners in north Austin. The 6.75-mile, flat trail is partially paved and part crushed gravel. What the trail lacks in s...

  9. McKinney Falls State Park

    • 6.8 mi Distance
    • 338 ft Elevation

    If you're looking for a bit more wilderness on your run, you only need to travel a short distance south of downtown Austin to McKinney Falls State Park. There is a fee to enter...

  10. Circle C Ranch Metro Park

    • 3.3 mi Distance
    • 57 ft Elevation

    The peaceful Circle C Ranch Metro Park in southwest Austin offers a few flat miles of crushed gravel trails that are much less crowded than the trails at Lady Bird Lake. Parkin...