Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 10, 2013
Looking for the best climbing spots, paddling stretches, swimming holes and bike trails on the Barton Creek Greenbelt?
A colorful new waterproof and tear-resistant map shows the highlights of the much-loved strip of Austin parkland, from Lady Bird Lake to the top of the greenbelt near the Hill of Life.
The Barton Creek Greenbelt and Recreation Guide plots out in detail the 8 miles of public access along the creek, showing the location of trail heads, rest rooms, trails, mile markers and more. The flip side includes tips about paddling Barton Creek above the greenbelt. It also includes information about native plant and animals species, finding swimming holes (a tricky endeavor in these times of drought) and park etiquette.
"The last few years we’ve been doing guided hikes on the greenbelt and realized this resource was very much needed," says Bill Bunch, executive director of the Save Our Springs Alliance. "We want to link the recreational enjoyment of the resource to protecting our resources."
The map will sell for $6 at area stores including Whole Earth Provisions, and online at the organization’s website at www.sosalliance.org. A portion of proceeds will benefit Save Our Springs Alliance.