2) Barton Creek Greenbelt – Austin
Located minutes from downtown Austin, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a great opportunity to escape city life without having to go very far. This 800-acre area is extremely popular with Austinites looking to go for a hike, bike ride, kayak, or swim on a nice weekend. There is a little more than 7 miles of trails running through the greenbelt which offer a variety of activities. Climbing limestone peaks, strolling along Barton Creek in the shade, or sunning yourself on the warm rocks are all popular. However, after it rains, expect the trails to be crowded with people heading to their favorite swimming holes for an afternoon of leisure outside of Austin.