The Best Routes to Cycle in the City

Whether you prefer biking to work, riding out over terrain or cruising along scenic trails, Austin has a bike route for everyone. Here’s our roundup of the 6 best bike trails in Austin located near Third + Shoal.

Lance Armstrong Bikeway

The LAB connects the city with 4.6 miles of shady pavement and scenic views running from east to west. Accessible in front of the Third + Shoal building on 3rd Street, LAB is perfectly situated for biking to work, and offers convenient access to downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake. As if it weren’t already the urban commuter’s dream, the city also has plans extend the trail beyond I-35 in the near future.

Shoal Creek Trail

It’s hard to believe you’re winding through the heart of one of America’s biggest cities when you’re riding the Shoal Creek Trail. Follow the creek for views of lush woods and green hills. Stop for a picnic in Pease Park or Duncan Park, two urban parks located along the Shoal Creek Trail!

Butler Trail and Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake

Locals know that the above-water stretch of the Ann & Roy Butler Trail known as The Boardwalk is more than just a trail – it’s a combination of everyone’s favorite things about Austin: fresh air, stunning views of nature and the city, and friendly folks (and their dogs). The Boardwalk has been bringing the city’s urban community together since it opened in 2014, and Third + Shoal will offer convenient access to this beloved outdoor feature.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

The Greenbelt is an Austin classic that features many trail paths stretching from Zilker Park to western Travis County. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you breeze by hills, limestone, dense woods and waterfalls. The main trail is 7.25 miles and rocky in some patches, so a mountain bike is recommended. If you’re looking to rent a mountain bike for a day, check out Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop located downtown near Third + Shoal.

Veloway Park

This popular trail is designed for cyclists and rollerbladers. It’s closed to foot traffic, so it’s a safe option for anyone who is new to cycling or simply looking to ride comfortably without weaving around pedestrians. Suitable for bikers of all levels, the 3.1-mile asphalt trail has it all – winding turns, a few hill climbs and satisfying natural scenery, all just a short drive from Third + Shoal.

Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Austin’s original urban trail remains a popular attraction for bikers and hikers alike. The 7.3-mile path is complete with pavement, bridges, and scenic views along the way as you pass by trees, flatland, rolling hills and water. The Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park southern trailhead is a short drive from the city, offering a convenient after-work or weekend escape just north of Downtown Austin.

 No matter where you go to spend time on your bike, start your ride in the heart of Downtown Austin at Third + Shoal. Contact us today to learn more about joining the Third + Shoal community.