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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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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 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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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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Drought in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

If you’re in the Barton Creek Greenbelt and see a large tree that has fallen down it’s probably a Red or Spanish Oak (Quercus buckleyi). The drought over the last few years has been especially hard on these trees, which … Continue reading

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Rain Update??

I’m out of town this week, so I won’t be able to post an update on the creek following the recent rains. If anyone can fill in I’d appreciate it.

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Rain!

We finally got some rain. What a relief. I don’t like to use the trails right after a rain because it’s damaging, but I’ll probably get down to the creek to take a look either tomorrow or Friday. I don’t … Continue reading

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Live on Barton Creek for Less

Have you always wanted to live in a neighborhood with Barton Creek access but thought that you couldn’t afford it? If so take a look at this Travis Country townhome. Located just across the street from the greenbelt and next … Continue reading

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Coyotes on the prowl

For the last several nights we’ve heard coyotes fairly close to the house. This is a concern because we’ve already lost two cats to them, so the current cat (Houdi) will be restricted to the house for a while. We … Continue reading

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Barton Creek swimming hole report

  Brenda and I finally got down to the creek following the recent rains. What a difference! At the start of the walk in the meadow above the creek the theme was yellow. There are several varieties of yellow flowers, … Continue reading

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Trip Report

Brenda and I just returned from a visit to Santa Fe New Mexico. We lived there in the 1970’s and have always enjoyed visiting. Top on our list of things to do always includes sampling lots of red and green … Continue reading

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History of the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Springs was a popular destination long before the arrival of settlers from the east. The springs and creek get their name from William Barton who built a house nearby in 1837. The pool was built in the 1930’s. As the … Continue reading

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Our Introduction to Austin and Barton Creek

My wife Brenda and I moved to Austin from Santa Fe New Mexico in May of 1980. I still remember our amazement at how green the city was, not green in the modern sense of energy efficient, but the color … Continue reading

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