Convenient & Pretty, But Crowded

Nice landscaping on one of the pedestrian bridges, with a view of downtown
The city has done a lot of nice landscaping all along the trail, which is a bonus for plant nerds.
User: plectrudis - 11/29/2015

Location: Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 1point5stars  Solitude: halfstar
Miles Hiked: 4.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A


We walked from Mopac to S 1st and back again--a very pretty hike--the bridges offer lovely views of downtown.  But the trail is REALLY popular, to a degree that can be rather off-putting.  

However, for those looking to squeeze in an after-work hike before sundown during the short days of winter, it's too convenient to pass up. And if you're a woman hiking alone, those crowds do represent safety, so that's a plus as well.  

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Nice landscaping on one of the pedestrian bridges, with a view of downtown
Area around Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail
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