Central Austin is home to the famed Sixth Street entertainment district, the State capital building, the University of Texas, and some of the most spectacular running routes the city has to offer. In Central Austin you can find routes that take you directly through the center of the action, or escape the noise of the city in the tranquility of the greenbelt. Whatever run you are in the mood for there is a route to meet your needs, and endless options for post-run sustenance and fun.
The Butler Trail is a 10 mile hike and bike trail that meanders along the bank of Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin and is considered the crown jewel of our running routes. Attracting more than 1.5 million visitors a year the trail is Austin's most popular recreational area. In this city we pride ourselves on being weird and being active, and both attributes are on full display along the trail. On a given run you are likely to see unicyclist, slack rope walkers, paddle boarders, dance walkers, and acro yogis. One of the great things about the Butler Trail is you never know what you will run across and there is always something new to discover.
The full trail is a 10 mile loop that follows Ladybird Lake between the Mopac Bridge and Longhorn Dam passing by many of Austin’s iconic landmarks along the way, but one of the best features of the trail is that the numerous bridges allow for a loop of almost any distance, and the multiple trailheads make the trail easily accessible from anywhere in the downtown area.