Johnson Creek Trailhead at Lady Bird Lake

If you think the Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake is only for kids who can still fit in a jogging stroller, think again! This beautiful trail is the perfect venue for an easy nature hike.

We parked along the street on Stephen F. Austin Drive, on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake near Austin High School. We walked toward Mopac Expressway to get to the Johnson Creek Trailhead.


The lake shore is accessible at this part of the trail. My kids have named it “Town Lake Beach” and they think it’s a fun place to explore!


Johnson Creek Trailhead has recently been renovated and it looks fabulous!


Lady Bird Lake will provide many opportunities for you to appreciate nature, even though it’s in the middle of the city. We headed east on the trail and quickly spotted this lovely dragonfly.


My 6 year old discovered this toad in a hollowed-out tree trunk.


We had to stop and catch our breath after the toad excitement.


As we passed the Texas Rowing Center, we noticed this sign identifying a Clay Pit Bucket Tower, a vestige of the brick-making plant located here in the early 1900s.


Our turnaround point was an overlook area less than a 1/2 mile from Johnson Creek Trailhead. It was a nice spot to take in the scenery.


At the overlook, there is an illustrative drawing of birds you might see around the lake. We saw a few of these while we were there!


When we were ready to go, we returned to the trail and headed west to our starting point at Johnson Creek Trailhead. We packed a lot of fun into a one-hour stroll!

Austin Active Kids Opinion: A laid-back adventure for curious kids
Outing Time: About 1 hour
Outing Distance: Less than 1 mile
Reminders: Remind your children about trail etiquette: stay to the right and watch out for bikes. You will probably be moving along more slowly than most of the people exercising, so help your kids avoid obstructing other trail users.


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