Hike and Bike Trail

1:01 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Austin's Hike and Bike Trail Inspired By UK’s Thames Path

The Thames Path is a 184 mile long walkway that follows the River Thames in the UK. The wife of former Austin Mayor Roy Butler, Anne, says it was the inspiration for our hike and bike trail.
Photo by Alex Walton-Keeffe http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/5341

Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of former President Lyndon Johnson who led the charge to create a hike and bike trail around a stretch of the Colorado River in Austin, took her inspiration from a stretch of the Thames Path in London, according to the wife of former Mayor Roy Butler.

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12:16 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Trail Foundation To Mark 40th Anniversary of Hike and Bike Trail

This sign explains the history of the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. It will be ceremonially unveiled at 6 pm today on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.
Photo by Susan Rankin

A new sign that explains the history of the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail will be unveiled at 6 pm tonight as part of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of an amenity that has become one of Austin’s defining features.

It’s hard to tell by looking at it now, but the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail was not much more than tall grasses, trees, shrubs, and garbage forty years ago. In 1971, Austin City Council under then-Mayor Roy Butler created the Town Lake Beautification Project.

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parks and recreation
12:25 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Hike-and-Bike Trailhead Under MoPac Gets $350,000 Renovation

"The Rock", as it is known to many, is receiving an upgrade that will include a wider trail, more granite blocks, and several water fountains.
Rendering provided by the Trail Foundation

The most popular entrance for the hike-and-bike trail at Lady Bird Lake is getting a makeover. The Johnson Creek Trailhead, underneath MoPac near Austin High School, will get a wider trail, more blocks of granite for stretching and sitting, several water fountains and a rainwater garden featuring native plants, the Trail Fo

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