Violet Crown Trail



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About the Violet Crown Trail

instagram-hashThe Violet Crown Trail began as a vision in 1999 to create the first regional trail system in Central Texas. After over 15 years of strategic land acquisition and planning, the first six-mile segment is now open and the VCT is on its way to becoming the longest trail of its kind in Central Texas.

Once complete the 30-mile trail will provide a unique recreational experience as it passes through the urban wildlands of the Barton Creek Wilderness Park, the City of Sunset Valley, and eventually into Hays County. Along its route the trail will connect scenic natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, a library, and public parks. Passing near the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Violet Crown Trail will head south, winding through the rolling countryside of the City of Austin’s Water Quality Protection Lands in a uniquely natural setting.

The Violet Crown Trail represents the greater vision of Hill Country Conservancy’s work to get people out on the land. Users will have the opprotunity to experience conservation lands like never before – surrounded by wildlife, clean streams, and the breathtaking views of land preserved by HCC and its partners.

Where did the name “Violet Crown” come from? Click here for some Austin history.

Construction Plans

The first phase of trail construction began in 2014. Beginning in March 2015, the Texas Conservation Corp began installing new mile marker and wayfinding sign posts on the main trail of the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail/Violet Crown Trail system. The first six miles of this trail system, from Zilker Park to Brodie Lane at Highway 290, officially opened to the public in August of 2015.

The second segment of trail, stretching from Highway 290 to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Veloway is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. A final segment of trail will connect the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to the Onion Creek Management Unit, one of the most beautiful tracts of Water Quality Protection Lands.

Download the proposed VCT route map.

Our Partners

Capital Campaign

In 2014, Hill Country Conservancy quietly embarked upon an ambitious $13,125,000 capital campaign. To date, over $9,000,000 has been raised toward our goal.

Download the VCT Capital Campaign brochure.

Download the proposed VCT route map.

Download major donor listing.*

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*Donor listing is updated monthly.


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