The Violet Crown Trail is an exciting project that will add more than 30 miles of trails beginning in Zilker Park and winding through the city all the way into Hays County. A joint project of the Hill Country Conservancy and the City of Austin, the completed trail project will connect parks, pools, libraries, schools, and shopping areas and will provide Austin area families with new trails for hiking and biking.
The first 6 mile segment of the trail has opened to the public and the trailhead is located in south Austin near 290 and Brodie Lane.
Violet Crown Trail 290 Trailhead Information
Address: Frontage road of 290 near Brodie Lane. The Hill Country Conservancy offers these directions to the trailhead.
Parking: There is no parking at the trailhead. Suggested parking is in the shopping center on Brodie Lane.
Pets: Dogs on leash
Trails: The trails are mostly shaded and start with a flat dirt path. As the trail progresses, the hike becomes a bit tougher with loose rocks, roots, and a steep section with switchbacks before leveling out again. The trickier parts of the trail are suitable for adults and kids who are solid walkers. The trail is open for both hiking and biking.
The Violet Crown Trailhead at 290 is just the beginning of this amazing new project that will offer a unique recreation experience to families in the greater Austin area. Head over to the newly opened trailhead and view Austin’s natural beauty while wandering the trails that travel through the heart of the city.
A map of the trail can be viewed here.
A big thanks to Hike It Baby for sharing photos of Violet Crown Trail. Hike it Baby is a parent group focused on getting families outside together, enjoying nature in a safe and supported way. Join the free Hike It Baby Austin Facebook Group, and get to exploring the great outdoors!