Bitchin' Bike Trails
Barton Creek Greenbelt Map It
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The Greenbelt serpentines from Zilker Park all the way to Westlake, with trails for bikers abounding.  On this trip, the beautiful Texas wilderness takes center stage along every mile.

The Veloway Map It
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The Veloway is a three-mile paved looped located south of Mopac in the Slaughter Creek Metropolitan Park, built specifically for Austin's diverse biking community to train. No need to worry about walkers or drivers here, as it is strictly bikers on the one-way asphalted trail.

Emma Long Park Map It
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Located far enough out of town to avoid the traffic of an in-city bike trail, the view of the Hill Country along Emma Long's trails are unmatched. The rough, rocky trail runs partly along the shores of Lake Austin, so you'll need a mountain bike to take in this spectacular beauty.

9th Street Dirt Jumps Map It
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About one block east of Lamar, a special BMX trail with city-sanctioned dirt jumps are a special treat for bikers looking for a challenge in the heart of Austin. This trail was created by and for the extreme sports community, so you're free to jump and twist to your hearts content.

Pace Bend Park Map It
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Pace Bend wraps itself around the far reaches of Lake Travis, providing beachside lounging and cliff diving in addition to its luscious bike trails. When you're exhausted from doing Lance Armstrong impressions through the nature preserve, take a break on the lake.

Lake Pflugerville Park Map It
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The 3-mile jogging and biking trail that hugs the shoreline is far removed enough from the Hill Country to spare you from biking uphill. The openness of the park ensures you'll never have to trek through any of that scary wilderness.

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park Map It
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The trails inside Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park wind in and out everywhere, but are perfect for technical beginners. It usually isn't crowded but it still doesn't hurt to get to know some of the more veteran riders to show you around. When you're good and ready, try the 11-12 mile loop that goes around the park that starts by the parking lot by the pool.

Lady Bird Lake Map It
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One of the oldest urban bike trails in Texas, the trail at Lady Bird Lake runs for 10 miles and makes a complete circuit around the lake. It's also a very flat trail and wide, so it is also popular with walkers and joggers, so keep an eye out and share the trail with fellow outdoor exercisers.