Category Archives: The Greenbelt

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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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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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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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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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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Sculpture Falls Flowing after recent rains

After the recent rains I could tell from the USGS site that Barton Creek was flowing at Lost Creek Blvd, so I thought it was a good bet that Sculpture Falls would be flowing as well. I took a walk … Continue reading

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New Barton Creek Greenbelt Map

A new map of the Barton Creek Greenbelt has just been published by the Save Our Springs Alliance. It’s printed on waterproof paper and in addition to the map it has information about trail heads, swimming holes and flora and … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt News

I took a walk in the Barton Creek Greenbelt a couple of days ago and came across this nest at eye level right at the edge of the trail. As I approached the occupant flew up into the tree and … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Flowing to Twin Falls

I got a chance to get down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt today to check on my favorite swimming holes, Sculpture Falls and Twin Falls. There’s good flow at Sculpture, but Twin Falls is only flowing on the south side. … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Swimming Holes are Full

Last night’s thunderstorms came roaring in over the hill country to the west and dropped several of inches of desperately needed rain on the Barton Creek recharge zone. The USGS monitoring site on Barton Creek at highway 71 West reported a peak … Continue reading

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More spring blooms in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Driving through my neighborhood this spring I can’t help but notice the Huisache in bloom along the road. Also know as sweet acacia the bright golden flowers cover the trees this time of year and provide quite a show. Here … Continue reading

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Spring in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

It’s spring in the Barton Creek greenbelt and I can’t help but notice the intense green of the new leaves on all the trees. The live oaks have traded their old leaves for new, and although they’re a grayish rather than … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Update

It’s been over a week since I’ve been down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and much longer since I posted any new pictures. Last trip down I had a bad fall which resulted in some pretty impressive bruises, (sorry no … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Update

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Last week I was out of town so it wasn’t until today that I got a chance to see if there was any change. … Continue reading

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Barton Creek at Lost Creek Blvd

I finally got on my road bike again after a couple of weeks off and headed into the hills on Lost Creek Boulevard to see if they’d be any easier in cool weather. The answer is yes, a bit easier, but … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Still Flowing

It’s been a long time since I made it down to the creek, but I got a bike ride in yesterday afternoon. It was nice to see that there’s still some water flowing up near the end of the trail.

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Barton Creek not flowing after recent rains

I finally got down to the Barton Creek greenbelt after the recent rains and was disappointed that the water wasn’t flowing at Sculpture Falls or Twin Falls. We need more rain! The rains did put the green back into greenbelt though, and … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Update

I rode the Barton Creek greenbelt this morning from the Mopac Bridge to the Hill of Life. The first water I saw was at the always reliable back door spring. The pool there is still pretty big. There was a … Continue reading

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