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.

Twin Falls

Twin Falls on the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Next stop was the construction site for the Barton Creek pedestrian bridge. The footings are complete and it looks like they’re getting ready to pour the bridge support columns. Here’s a couple of pics.

Barton Creek pedestrian bridge

Footer for bridge support columns

Barton Creek pedestrian bridge

Rebar ready to pour columns

Just downstream of the construction site at the MoPac bridge is one of the bigger swimming holes on the creek. This is also one of the first on the upper greenbelt to dry up, but right now it’s full.

Mopac swimming hole on Barton Creek

Mopac swimming hole on Barton Creek Greenbelt

From there it’s a short walk to the start of the newest section of the Violet Crown Trail. Look for a right turn just before a dry creek crossing. This section of the trail goes through an old pecan grove.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Pecan grove just downstream from the Mopac bridge

The city is in the process of installing new trail markers. Unfortunately it probably won’t be long before they’re tagged. This trail follows along Gaines Creek for a while and ends up at Travis Country. If you want to follow the Violet Crown trail take the left branch when you come to a Y and head uphill via several switchbacks. You’ll end up on the 290/71 frontage road just east of Spec’s. From there the trail will continue south through Sunset Valley and eventually Buda. Here are a few more pics of the trail.

Violet Crown Trail

New trail markers

Violet Crown Trail

One of the many Gaines Creek crossings on the Violet Crown Trail

Gaines Green Greenbelt

Any idea what this plant is?

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