Austin is a very dog friendly city so you're sure to find no lack of places where you can have fun with your dog. There are many dog friendly places in Austin, Texas and dog friendly events.
Outdoor enthusiasts are pretty lucky here in Austin. We’re graced with scenic trails and beautiful views right in our own backyard (see: Town Lake (Lady Bird) and the Barton Creek Greenbelt).
For those who have ran the trail and hiked The Greenbelt countless times, we’ve put together a list of our favorite hidden gems in Austin that may not be on your radar. All the trails are free and are within a 30 minute drive from downtown. Check ’em out!
1. For the challenger – River Place Nature Trail
Surrounded by greenery and tall trees, this trail will take you to a different world; a world that is shaded and cooler (great for the hot, summer months). After climbing many stairs, your heart rate will soar and you’ll reach high levels of elevation that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Austin. The trail is extremely clear and is impossible to get lost on. Make sure you stop at the creeks and waterfall to cool off. If you’re looking for a challenging hike, this ones got your name all over it!
Pro tip: If you’re a moderately-experienced runner, run the trail. It’s worth it!
Distance: 5.5-6 miles (round trip; no loop)
Dog friendly: Yes
Terrain: Mostly dirt, stairs, some water crossings
2. For the explorer – Walnut Creek Trail
This neck of the woods is a popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers. Comprised of a huge, 15-mile mass of land, Walnut Creek is an explorer’s dream. There are tons of unmarked paths, so you may get a little lost; but that’s more fun, right? With multiple winding paths and few obstacles, undertaking part of the trail is perfect for beginners. The hike offers plenty of overlooks, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses on the way up. And of course, cool down in the beautiful creek on the way down.
Pro tip: Wear good shoes. The rocks can be pesky!
Distance: 15 mile loop
Terrain: dirt, loose gravel, small and large rocks, tree roots
Dog friendly: Yes; dogs must be on a leash
3. For the solitude seeker – Turkey Creek Trail
Located near The Emma Metropolitan Park, you may be lucky enough to see some wildlife on the drive up! This trail is a very cool, secluded spot where you’ll find a creek that runs along the trail. Although primarily flat, you will find parts of the trail that have moderate elevation changes as well as water crossings. This is the place to be one with nature; but, don’t forget that bug spray!
Pro tip: No, really, lather yourself in bug spray. Horse flies are not your friend.
Distance: 2.8 mile loop
Terrain: Loose rocks, dirt, tree roots
Dog Friendly: Yes
4. For the peaceful adventurer – St. Edwards Park
Referred to as the “country within the city,” St. Edwards Park is a perfect balance between finding peace and chasing adventure. Surrounded by forest-like areas, there are lots of hidden trails, great elevation, phenomenal views, a waterfall, and a creek. This trail has everything you need for a peaceful getaway and truly is the best of both worlds.
Pro tip: If you’re looking for a more challenging trail with elevation, take the hill trail. Keep your eyes peeled on the way down and you will find a rope swing and swimming hole for all your adventure needs!
Distance: 2-4 mile loop (depending on the trail – hill or creek)
Terrain: mostly dirt, rocks, gravel, and some tree roots
Dog Friendly: Yes; dogs must be on a leash
5. Don’t forget about the convenience of Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Located off of Loop 360, you can access the preserve easily, making it a great spot for families and visitors to Austin. It’s a short trail comprised of multiple paths and terrain (dirt, large rocks, loose gravel, tree roots). There are some hills with relatively high elevation, and multiple overlooks that show off a great view of Austin. With a perfect, easy-to-get-to location, be sure to check out this trail for a weekend adventure.
Pro tip: Trails are marked very clearly, but here’s a trail map to help out since there are multiple networks of trails.
Distance: 2.5 mile round trip
Terrain: Dirt, loose gravel, rocks, tree roots
Dog Friendly: No
Written by Danielle McIntosh
Austin Footwear Labs (AFL) is a local sustainability-focused company that keeps tires out of landfills by producing high-quality, eco-friendly footwear. Who says you can’t go green and look good at the same time? AFL has found a way to promote and practice sustainability without sacrificing on looks. You may be wondering, just how does AFL do this? Well the answer is technology!
Austin Footwear Labs uses APX®, recycled rubber compound made from scrap tires through a process that transforms the rubber into a new virgin rubber compound substitute. This makes it possible to make a high quality and durable shoe that also promotes conscious living. The sandal outsoles are made of 50% recycled rubber from scrap tires that would have ended up in a landfill or burned!
The first line of sandals consists of two styles each for men (colors available: Red River, Bat Black, Burnt Orange and Espresso) and women (colors available: Purple Haze, Turquoise, Sand and Onyx). The sandals are uniquely Austin, featuring a laser etched 1921 map of Austin on select sandal straps and a logo that resembles a bat in reference to the city’s largest urban bat population! AFL is hosting their launch party right here in Austin, TX on Tuesday, August 18th! The launch party will be co-hosted by Bat Conservation International (BCI) and will take place at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, located at 79 Rainey Street. Bring the family and your furry friends out to celebrate the launch of a local Austin company that is saving the Earth one pair at a time!
Check out the sandals at austinfootwear.com and be sure and RSVP to the event via Facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1467505140215480/ or at eventbrite using this link: http://bit.ly/1NnKIwa
You better get to taking your annual bluebonnet photo before the season is over. There are several spots around town that I enjoy but this one is my favorite. I drove through campus yesterday and there are so many opportunities to stop for pictures, bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.
There’s a hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance, so that makes for an excellent photo op. I would recommend going early evening, the sun is best around that time.
For more places to check out the Bluebonnets around town visit this list: 5 Best Places To See Bluebonnets in Austin
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704
Bluebonnet season is alive and well in Central Texas! There are so many places to get great photos of you, your loved on or your pet in the state flower. Here are our favorite spots, they offer great scenery and are all not far from Central Austin.
Hwy 71 towards Bastrop
Hwy 71 towards Marble Falls
There’s a small patch at Riverside/35 right next to the Norwood dog park
The only thing that is better than a happy hour is one where man’s best friend can join.
Patika Wine & Coffee is having a Yappy hour to benefit Austin Pets Alive today. Austin Pets Alive volunteers will be there with adoptable pups and proceeds from pint sales will benefit APA! A win, win if you ask me.
Today is going to be another fantastic day, perfect patio weather!
If you’re in the market to add to your family, check out our Pet of the Week’s that are looking for their forver homes!
When: today, March 25th
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Patika Wine & Coffee
2159 South Lamar Blvd.
In the spirit of being active as we start the New Year, I suggest making the trek to the top of Mount Bonnell on this absolutely gorgeous Sunday. Go up and down the 102 (give or take) steps a few times and that will really get your heart pounding.
Mount Bonnell is one of Austin’s oldest touring attractions, dating back to the 1850′s as it is the highest point in Austin City Limits reaching 785 feet tall.
The top of Mount Bonnell easily boasts some of the best views in Austin. You can get a truly panaramoic view of the city, on one side you have the UT Tower and downtown and to the other you have the 360 bridge. It’s on of my favorite places to go in Austin!
To get to Mount Bonnell:
Take 35th Street past Camp Mabry
Go left at the fork onto Old Bull Creek Road
Right on Mount Bonnell Road (You will start to see parking on your left)
Photo Credit: http://www.austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=287
I absolutely love the Capitol holiday tree (and Menorah). Make sure to go after sundown as the tree changes colors and does various light shows. You can get some really great photos with the Capitol in the background.
While you’re there I’d recommend scrolling the Capitol grounds. I love walking the Capitol grounds at night; there is something pretty majestic the building being lit up at night. It’s definitely worth the stroll on the grounds.
When: now – New Years
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
Happy Thanksgiving! I love to start the holiday with a joke, Q. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? A. Pilgrims.
So many people are looking for ways to give back this year. Here is a way for you to give back while getting a little pre turkcy workout in. The Turkey Trot has raised more than $2 million, donating the proceeds to Caritas of Austin. Caritas is a nonprofit organization that helps increase stability and self-sufficiency for those suffering from poverty or homelessness
The Turkey Trot is not a 5K, its 5 miles! So by the time you finish you’ll be sure to have earned your turkey!
Registration Starts: 7:30 am
When: today, November 27th
The Long Center
As much as us humans love patio season, I’m sure our favorite furry companions love this springtime weather even more.
Whole Foods at the Domain hosts a ‘yappy hour’ every Thursday, and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time with your dog in a relaxed setting. Come out and enjoy live music and craft beers on their patio, while both you and your pet mingle.
When: Every Thursday
Time: 5-7 pm
Whole Foods Domain
11920 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758
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First off, good morning and congrats to all the marathon runners! Sunday is upon us again and there’s no better way to spend a Sunday than some Sunday Funday action.
As if this Rainey Street gem couldn’t be any more enticing, on Sundays they host a Big Band Brunch that’s simply amazing. They have a special brunch menu that will make any meat eaters mouth water, and drinks that are dangerously good.
Their ManMosa is a liter mug filled with a bottle of champagne; yes, a whole bottle, topped off with a splash of cranberry or OJ. If that’s a little too aggressive, you can check out the Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar. There’s live music from noon until 3:00 p.m. and your pup is always welcome to come join the party (they even have a special sausage just for dogs!).
Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.
79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701
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