- June 4, 2013

FREE Hike: Barton Creek at 360 Access

Growing Up Austin - Austin Kids Hike - Barton Creek

This post is part of the FREE Hike of the Week series, brought to you by GrowingUpAustin.com. There are a thousand places to hike in Austin on any given day, most of which are always free, but here is a handy reminder about one favorite. Visit AustinKidsHike.com for more kid-friendly hikes and for tips on hiking with kids. A summer tip – early morning and after dinner are the best times to beat the heat!

This trailhead was the start of my first hike in Austin, when I moved here in the early 1990s, so I have a special fondness for the place. There is a winding, switchback trail from the trailhead down to the creek. Then you can choose to hike on the creek bed, since the creek is usually dry, or on the trails. The creek bed makes for a three-dimensional hike, with lots of rocks and boulders, but little kids will need help. When you first get to the creek, you will probably see rock climbers along the cliff wall in front of you. They are fun to watch. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead.

Stroller friendly: Yes, if you stay on the trails, but note that bikers share the trail, so be aware of them. Some parts of the trail are reserved for non-bikers, so take those when you can.

Restrooms: a primitive one, at the trailhead only

Water: usually not

3800 South Capital of Texas Highway

Austin, TX 78735