Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
A peaceful place to take the pulse of the city - and watch blues fans cry
Noteworthy for: More than a jogging path, the trail is Austin's town square, home to impromptu singing, duck-feeding, book-reading, and lazy strolling.
A statue of late blues guitarist Steve Ray Vaughan is one of the must-see attractions along this picturesque and popular walking trail. Fresh flowers are usually resting in the statue's hands, left there by often-weeping fans. The statue can be found on Lady Bird Lake's south shore, near the South 1st bridge.
About a half mile further west, there's a wide pedestrian bridge near Lamar Boulevard with benches, where people read, play guitar, or simply enjoy the view of the skyline and the lake. Beyond Lamar, the trail winds through wide-open fields and areas shaded by tall trees and dense foliage.
The full loop is 10 miles long and stretches from the Mopac expressway in West Austin to Longhorn Dam in East Austin. However, most of the activity occurs between Mopac and South Congress Avenue, a five mile loop.