Looking for a scenic ride around the Capital of Texas? The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is the route to take!
Starting out from the Stratford Drive Parking Lot, I ventured across Ladybird Lake underneath Loop 1.
Once across Ladybird Lake, a right turn took me on the pea-gravel trail along the northern shore. The trail was much wider than other hike and bike trails I've taken before -- a real life example of everything being bigger in Texas??
On a normal day, I would have taken a stop at the Austin Public Library, located across the street from the trail -- however, I took this ride during COVID-19 Pandemic, thus, it was closed. I highly recommend stopping here if you've never been! They have a quirky first-floor cafe, an open-air rooftop garden, and tons of interesting knickknacks inbetween.
Continuing along the route, I heard the sounds of Mexican free-tailed bats as I rode underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge -- this bridge is the home of 1.5 million of these guys. Be sure to check out the nightly "show" as they all leave on their dinner flight.
Not much further beyond the Congress Avenue Bridge, I rode past Alta's Cafe -- A cozy coffeeshop overlooking the lake.
Many places along the trail were defined Wildflower Preserves -- a gorgeous sight during Texas' wildflower season!
After riding over to the South shore, I came up on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. With breathtaking views of the city, I took a scenic break to take it all in.
Just beyond the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and Lamar Boulevard Bridge was Barton Creek. How relaxing it would have been to take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. Again, with COVID 19 closing the springs, I didn't make the stop, and continued along my way. Once it is back open, I highly recommend visiting the Pool!
My last stop along the route: Lou Neff Point. After taking in the Austin skyline, I got back on my bike and pedaled back to my starting place. An afternoon well-spent!
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