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Click here to give the gift of the Violet Crown Trail.

Hill Country Conservancy and the City of Austin are proud to announce The Violet Crown Trail. The regional trail system, formerly known as “Walk for a Day” will begin at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park and wind more than 30 miles south into Hays County. The trail system will provide a unique opportunity for business, conservation, education, and recreational interests to align to benefit the entire community.

Click here to read the Violet Crown Trail press release.
Click here to view a PDF of the trail plan.

Austin’s newest hike and bike trail!

Although most would agree that land conservation benefits our community in many ways, it is an ongoing challenge to provide equitable, accessible opportunities to experience conservation first-hand. The relationships between people and the land are often best fostered by outdoor recreation and regular interactions with the natural world.

HCC's Project Manager, Butch Smith, explaining WFAD to the rest of the staff.

HCC's Project Manager, Butch Smith, explaining the Violet Crown Trail to the rest of the staff.

Imagine a trail system through Hays and Travis counties where one could run, hike or bike for an entire day! Envision trails surrounded by cool clean streams, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking views. This vision is becoming a reality, as HCC has begun strategic planning to complete land acquisition and construct what will comprise a regional trail system.

The trail will begin at Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) and meander for approximately 30 miles through The Barton Creek Greenbelt, urban environments and several historic Texas ranches now owned and managed for water-quality and wildlife habitat by the City of Austin.

Violet Crown Trail

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Our partners on the Violet Crown Trail include:

  • Texas Conservation Corps
  • Austin Parks Foundation
  • Austin Ridge Riders
  • City of Austin
  • City of Sunset Valley
  • Hays County
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • National Parks Service
  • The Real Estate Council of Austin
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • University of Texas McCombs School of Business
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