Best waterfalls in Austin

Check out the top waterfalls in Austin, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

1. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

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46 local reviews
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, Austin
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Michael & Luz
One of the entrances to this nature preserve with a 7-mile trail along Barton Creek is right down the hill fro…
Allen
Easily accessible for a hike, bike, or even swim (conditions permitting). Walk to waterfalls and Zilker park.
Paige
Beautiful hikes ~ you would never know you're in a city!
1. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

1. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

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46 local reviews
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, Austin
Michael & Luz
Michael & Luz
One of the entrances to this nature preserve with a 7-mile trail along Barton Creek is right down the hill from the house. When the creek is…
Allen
Allen
Easily accessible for a hike, bike, or even swim (conditions permitting). Walk to waterfalls and Zilker park.
Paige
Paige
Beautiful hikes ~ you would never know you're in a city!
2. Barton Creek Greenbelt

2. Barton Creek Greenbelt

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83 local reviews
3755 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
Closing soon
+1 512-974-6700
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Katie
Awesome sightseeing, hiking, waterfalls and swimming along Austin's greenbelt. If you walk far enough, you can…
Lisa
Lovely park with multiple trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, rock climbing and more. Perfect for a walk or in…
Lee
Zilker Park is nice and all, but the greenbelt is wonderful. It is a huge stretch of Barton Creek that begins …
2. Barton Creek Greenbelt

2. Barton Creek Greenbelt

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83 local reviews
3755 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
Closing soon
+1 512-974-6700
Katie
Katie
Awesome sightseeing, hiking, waterfalls and swimming along Austin's greenbelt. If you walk far enough, you can make your way all the way to …
Lisa
Lisa
Lovely park with multiple trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, rock climbing and more. Perfect for a walk or intense workout.
Lee
Lee
Zilker Park is nice and all, but the greenbelt is wonderful. It is a huge stretch of Barton Creek that begins way out in Bee Caves and goes …
3. McKinney Falls State Park

3. McKinney Falls State Park

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43 local reviews
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin
Closing soon
+1 512-243-1643
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Larry
Hilly and peaceful 3.1 mile paved route for run, walk or bike. 2 waterfall areas when the water is up. After r…
Chris
This is a beautiful park with waterfalls. It costs $6 to get in, but definitely worth it.
Maria
One of the best places to swim. 20 minutes from house. Waterfalls, cliffs to dive from, mellow parts. Just gre…
3. McKinney Falls State Park

3. McKinney Falls State Park

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43 local reviews
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin
Closing soon
+1 512-243-1643
Larry
Larry
Hilly and peaceful 3.1 mile paved route for run, walk or bike. 2 waterfall areas when the water is up. After rain runoff, there is swimming …
Chris
Chris
This is a beautiful park with waterfalls. It costs $6 to get in, but definitely worth it.
Maria
Maria
One of the best places to swim. 20 minutes from house. Waterfalls, cliffs to dive from, mellow parts. Just great!
4. Zilker Botanical Garden

4. Zilker Botanical Garden

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45 local reviews
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-477-8672
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Diana
Dubbed “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as rose, herb, local dinosaurs habitat, and Japa…
Elizabeth
If you love flowers, plants and zen gardens then go. Waterfalls. Butterfly garden. Take your camera.
Edith
Awesome garden. Plants from around the world, be sure to take your camera and water.
4. Zilker Botanical Garden

4. Zilker Botanical Garden

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45 local reviews
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-477-8672
Diana
Diana
Dubbed “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as rose, herb, local dinosaurs habitat, and Japanese garden are connected with…
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
If you love flowers, plants and zen gardens then go. Waterfalls. Butterfly garden. Take your camera.
Edith
Edith
Awesome garden. Plants from around the world, be sure to take your camera and water.
5. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

5. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

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8 local reviews
805 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-327-7622
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Allison
LOVE this... perfect for all ages; lots of trail options. Hike to a waterfall, look at views of the hills, or…
Tiffany
One of my favorite trails in Austin. It's a small preserve but has a good variety of trails that loop around e…
Brandon
Great for hiking and bird watching.
5. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

5. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

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8 local reviews
805 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-327-7622
Allison
Allison
LOVE this... perfect for all ages; lots of trail options. Hike to a waterfall, look at views of the hills, or take kids on a flat path!
Tiffany
Tiffany
One of my favorite trails in Austin. It's a small preserve but has a good variety of trails that loop around each other so you can get a goo…
Brandon
Brandon
Great for hiking and bird watching.
6. Hamilton Pool

6. Hamilton Pool

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80 local reviews
Hamilton Pool
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Ann
A quick 40 minute drive to this scenic natural swimming pool in a canyon below a 50-ft waterfall, surrounded b…
Brad
One of the most unique and scenic parks in all of Austin. A massive collapsed cave that features a 25 foot wa…
Jenn and Chi
Hike out to the waterfall and swimming hole, when permitted, or take the other route to the river. The waterfa…
6. Hamilton Pool

6. Hamilton Pool

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80 local reviews
Hamilton Pool
Ann
Ann
A quick 40 minute drive to this scenic natural swimming pool in a canyon below a 50-ft waterfall, surrounded by a grotto. 55 degree water a…
Brad
Brad
One of the most unique and scenic parks in all of Austin. A massive collapsed cave that features a 25 foot waterfall and a spring fed pool …
Jenn and Chi
Jenn and Chi
Hike out to the waterfall and swimming hole, when permitted, or take the other route to the river. The waterfall is stunning, definitely wor…