In 2006 Hill Country Conservancy began planning a regional trail system, originally called the Walk for a Day Trail, l with the aim of creating the first regional trail system in Central Texas. The goal of the project was to provide a unique recreational experience through urban wildlands, greenbelts, parkland, public right-of-ways and water quality lands. Along its route the trail will connect scenic natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, a library, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Once complete, the 30 mile trail will be the longest trail of its kind in Central Texas.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

Project Update

The Zilker Trailhead project at Zilker Park and the Barton Creek Greenbelt is nearing permit approval. The project is anticipated to be on the Land Use Commission agenda for approval in November 2021.

The Violet Crown Trail North project, sponsored by Austin’s Public Works Urban Trails program is scheduled to go to Austin City Council on November 4th, 2021 for approval of the construction contract. Work is anticipated to begin in Winter 2021 and continue through Winter 2023. For more information, please visit the City of Austin Public Work Urban Trails page at Violet Crown Trail |


Barton Creek Greenbelt – Work includes a 6 mile extension of the existing greenbelt nature trail in the Barton Creek Greenbelt to connect to a new trailhead in Sunset Valley at the Hwy 290 entrance. HCC designed and installed the trail mile markers and wayfinding signs through an Austin Parks foundation grant. Work was completed on August 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt


Sendera Mesa Trail Connection – Through the Public Works Neighborhood Partnering Program, HCC receive a grant for an urban trail connection from Davis Ln. to sidewalks along Sendera Mesa Drive which then lead to W. Slaughter Ln. sidewalks. Work complete in 2016.


Convict Hill to Dick Nichols Park – This section of trail includes a new parking lot and trailhead under Mopac through an interlocal agreement with TX Dot. The trail is 12’ wide with a stabilized decomposed granite surface. Work complete August 2018.


Dick Nichols Park – This trail connection continues the Public Works trail through Dick Nichols Park to Davis Lane. The Parks Department built the north portion, HCC built the south portion connecting to Davis Lane (see map below). Portions of the trail are stabilized decomposed granite and portions are concrete to address water flow and potential erosion. HCC designed, funded and installed the trail signage and map kiosks. Work complete 2019. 

Dick Nichols Park


Slaughter Creek Connection – HCC continued the trail connection from Slaughter Ln. to Slaughter Creek in the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt. Work included two low water bridge crossings. Work complete in 2019.


Sunset Valley to William Cannon ( Violet Crown Trail North ) – Public Works Urban Trails program has completed the design and permitting for the trail that will connect to sidewalks on Home Depot Blvd. in Sunset Valley, travel through Sunset Valley and City of Austin parkland to connect to sidewalks along the east side of the Mopac access road north of the William Cannon intersection. Work is anticipated to begin in late 2021. More information can be found on the Urban Trails webpage: Violet Crown Trail |


Circle C to Wildflower Center – The Parks Department is partnering with HCC to construction the trail that will connect existing nature trails on the west side of Mopac in the Circle C Metropolitan Park and the VCT trail connection and crossing on Slaughter Creek east of Mopac completed in 2019. Work is anticipated to begin in early 2022.


Zilker Trailhead – (remove the word Schedule and the next heading, Zilker Trailhead Funding. Replace the text with) Through a Parkland Improvement Agreement, HCC is leading the design, permitting and construction of a new trailhead for the Violet Crown Trail in Zilker Park. The project is currently in permit review. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2021 or early 2022.


Violet Crown Trail Map


Mile 0 at the Zilker Park Trailhead for Violet Crown Trail

Zilker Trailhead Schedule

Construction is intended to begin in Fall 2021 with a projected completion date of Winter 2022. However, delays may occur due to the COVID-19 situation.

Zilker Trailhead Funding

Funding is being provided through HCC, APF, and City of Austin Parkland Dedication funds.

Community Engagement

Community engagement began in Fall 2017 and ended in November 2018. Please review the information below.

Additional information sharing final design and ways to get involved will be coming in spring 2020.

Violet Crown Trail Map

HCC has completed the trail from Slaughter Lane to Slaughter Creek including a low-water crossing allows trail users to cross Slaughter Creek safely. HCC will begin constructing in the Summer of 2020 trail connections from the south side of Slaughter Creek westward to connect to existing trails in Circle C Part on the west side of Mopac and eastward to connect to a future trailhead near the La Crosse Ave cul de sac.

Violet Crown Trail