Austin, Texas: Let's Greenbelt
One of my favorite parts about living in Austin is how active the city is, specifically how active the city is outside. For it being a pretty people heavy city, Austin certainly doesn't feel that way when there's so much green space all around. And of my favorite places to get some outdoor time in either on the weekends or after work is the Greenbelt.
Now, there's actually multiple Greenbelts here in Austin, but for this post I'm talking about the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This is by far the most popular and is easily accessible in multiple entrances scattered around south-central Austin (you can find a list of those here). Below are a few tips and tricks I've learned from my time there that I thought might be helpful to those of you thinking about heading out there this summer.
- Wear the right footwear. I feel like every time I'm at the Greenbelt, I always see a few people struggling to make it back up the hills or trails in flip flops.
- Hydrate! Make sure to pack ample amounts of water with you if you're planning on being there a while. Every entrance I've been to doesn't have water fountains, so it's best to just bring it with you.
- Pick up your trash. Seriously. I can't believe I even had to type that out, but you'd be surprised at the insane amount of beer cans, food wrappers, etc. that people just leave behind.
- Get out there and explore! One of the great things about the Greenbelt is that it is so large, it's just begging for you to get out and see different parts of it.