Visitor's Information

Hours: Assume dawn to dusk daily.

Fees: Free

Parking: Parking lots available at Zilker Park Trailhead and 360 Trailhead lots. Street parking along Spyglass Dr.

Rules: Dogs on leash. No alcohol, camping, or fires. Pack it in, Pack it out. Scoop the Poop. Bicyclists should yield to pedestrians; pass slowly on the left. Stay on the designated trail.

Explorer's Checklist

  • Bike between Dick Nichols District Park and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
  • Discover the secret beauty of the Gaines Creek Canyon.
  • Sit by Slaughter Creek and enjoy a symphony of bird song.
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Latest Explorer Observation

photo credit: Sarah Larocca
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The Violet Crown Trail (VCT), a project of the Hill Country Conservancy, weaves through the canyons of Barton and Gaines Creek, the uplands of Sunset Valley, and crosses both Williamson and Slaughter Creeks to arrive at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Passing thorough the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, the VCT connects our communities with the wonders of nature. Written in this landscape are natural and cultural stories that make this part of Texas special.

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Volunteer Info

Save Barton Creek Association

City of Austin Wildland Conservation Division

Austin Parks Foundation

Keep Austin Beautiful

TreeFolks

City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Educational Resources

Field Trip/Education Program Info

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