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Barton Creek Pedestrian Bridge Nearing Completion

After a delay related to permitting installation of the bridge deck for the pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek has finally begun. The bridge deck beams for this segment should be in place by the end of next week. The bridge … Continue reading

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Barton Creek full after fall rain

Heavy rain in the area on October 30th resulted in very high levels on Barton Creek with peaks of 20,000 cfs at Highway 71 and about 19,000 at the 360 bridge. Here’s a video of what it looked like at … Continue reading

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Urban Trails, Plus or Minus?

I’m an avid mountain biker and hiker. The main reason that Brenda and I live in Travis Country is because of access to the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Wilderness Park where I spend a lot of time. One disadvantage of … Continue reading

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Tubing Barton Creek 2015

On June 6th a few friends and I decided to tube down Barton Creek. I had checked out the flow earlier in the week so I thought conditions would be pretty good. We started at Lost Creek Boulevard and planned … Continue reading

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Flooding on Barton Creek

5/25/2015 We’re finally getting the rain we’ve been hoping for that will make a difference in the highland lake levels. Barton Creek has flooded and as I write this it’s running at about 1000 cfs at Loop 360. If you’re … Continue reading

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Spring in Barton Creek Greenbelt

I had a chance to take a walk in the Barton Creek Greenbelt today and thought I’d share some pictures. First stop was Twin Falls. Only one side is flowing right now but there’s still plenty of water to swim. … Continue reading

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Progress on the Barton Creek Pedestrian Bridge

After running into foundation problems that required a bit of redesign work has started again on the Mopac pedestrian bridge over the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Several of the foundations for the new bridge piers are complete and the rest are … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Full after recent rains

After the trails dried out for a couple of days I took a walk down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to see how the recent rains affected water levels. As you might expect the creek is full with plenty of … Continue reading

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Violet Crown Trailhead open in Sunset Valley

I was driving west on the 290 frontage road just before Brodie lane the other day and thought I saw something new flash by, so I headed out to explore. Sure enough the new Violet Crown trail head in Sunset … Continue reading

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Tubing on the Barton Creek Greenbelt

On father’s day I decided to see how practical it is to tube on Barton Creek and how much water is required for a good trip. I started at Lost Creek Boulevard and planned to get to Sculpture Falls, a … Continue reading

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This week on Barton Creek Greenbelt

I took a short ride yesterday on the Barton Creek Greenbelt to check on the creek after last week’s rains. The creek is still relatively full with good flow around the high spot just downstream from the Mopac bridge, and … Continue reading

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This Week on the Barton Creek Greenbelt

We received about three inches of rain at our house, so I headed down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to see what effect it had on water levels. Although three inches seemed like a lot of rain, and a lot … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Violet Crown Trail Under Construction

The weather was nice yesterday so I headed out to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to see what’s new. As expected the creek is slowly drying up. There’s still decent flow at the Hill of Life dams but a very little … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Mopac Bridge

You may have noticed a flurry of construction in the area of the Mopac bridge over the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This is the start of a multi-phase project to provide a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek. For cyclists … Continue reading

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Hiking the Violet Crown Trail

I took a walk last week and decided to see if I could follow the proposed route of the Violet Crown Trail from Barton Creek up to Sunset Valley. At least this is roughly the route that I think it … Continue reading

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More rain has Barton Creek raging

We recorded five more inches of rain at our house near Mopac and Southwest Parkway last night which means the creek is flooded once again. I won’t head out on the trails for a couple of days to let things … Continue reading

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Barton Creek full after recent rains

I finally got down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt after the recent rains, (12-14″ at our house!) to check out my favorite swimming holes. I normally wait a few days after a rain to prevent damage to the trails, but … Continue reading

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Wildflowers in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

I was taking a walk in the Barton Creek greenbelt yesterday and saw a lot of large plants with yellow blooms that I wasn’t familiar with. A quick check with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s website identified it as … Continue reading

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Recent rains have no effect on Barton Creek Flow

I took a quick ride to the upper Barton Creek Greenbelt on Monday hoping to see some additional flow at Sculpture Falls, but was disappointed. There is a little flow at the Hill of Life dam, but the pool below … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt after the rain

I managed a quick trip down to a couple of favorite swimming holes in the Barton Creek Greenbelt this morning to check on the results of the recent rains. The trails were fine. A little sticky but no deep mud. … Continue reading

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