Every once in a while we like to leave the city behind and immerse in nature. Austin is surrounded by several state parks which are worth the visit whether you want a long nature walk or a camping weekend. Kids love running around the trees and exploring what is ahead. The challenge is fun and rewarding! Today we take a look at two amazing trails we visited during spring break.
San Gabriel River Trail is part of the Goodwater Loop located in Georgetown, just a short drive from Downtown Austin. We started with a breathtaking view of the Georgetown lake where we took a small snack before beginning our hike. The trail runs along the edge of the lake at some points which gave us much more to see.
While we didn’t walk the whole 28 miles that make the loop around the lake, we stopped along the trail to have lunch and continued on until we saw a little creek. If you take the path before the creek you will find the amazing Crocket Garden falls that is reminiscent of a grotto. This was a nice spot to play around the water.
Buescher state park is still recovering from the fires of 2015, however, it is such a great place to visit. There is a nice area with picnic shelters and a playground before the head of the trails. Most of the trail is shaded by trees and there is plenty to see around. Even with some trails closed you can still walk in a loop around. There are plenty of spots with amazing views too!
Keep in mind you should bring snacks and plenty of water. It was a long hike but our kids had so much fun that we walked even faster on our way back!