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Deer Park Trailhead officially opened on National Trails Day

Because of you – our supporters, partner organizations, volunteers, and the Deer Park Neighborhood Association – the Deer Park Trailhead of the Violet Crown Trail (VCT) is now open! Meanwhile our National Trails Day volunteers braved the heat to plant a new butterfly garden and remove invasive species along the route. Hanna Holt made the world a more colorful place …

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National Trails Day 2017

Hill Country Conservancy is gearing up for National Trails Day on June 3 with four official HCC hosted events to celebrate the Violet Crown Trail! We have a mix of volunteer events and just plain celebratory events so there’s something for everyone! We’ve also included two events hosted by our friends the Texas Climbers Coalition and Hike it Baby that …

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Less than $1 Million to Go!

Our VCT Ambassador Douglas W. Manchester & The Manchester Foundation showed their love for the Violet Crown Trail this Valentine’s Day! Big thanks to our VCT Ambassador, Douglas W. Manchester & the Manchester Foundation for making a dollar-for- dollar matching gift up to $100,000 to underwrite HCC’s Earth Week 2017 festivities! Doug’s recent gift brings our $13,125,000 capital campaign to …

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Capital Campaign hits $10 million

A huge milestone for our comprehensive capital campaign – we have hit $10 million! This has been our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date, and we could not be more thankful for those who have gotten us this far.


After 15 years of planning by the Hill Country Conservancy, the first 6 miles of the Violet Crown Trail—which starts along Highway 290 near Brodie Lane and heads north to Zilker Park—opened in August.

Violet Crown design underway

There is no Violet Crown Trail parking lot near the trail’s first phase, which opened in August. Hanna Cofer, director of events and communication with the Hill Country Conservancy, which helped develop the trail, said HCC did not buy land for parking.

TRAIL BLAZING: Get to know the City’s Newest Hiking Adventure

One of Austin’s most treasured natural gems has a brand new addition. After 15 years of planning by the Hill Country Conservancy, the first six miles of the Violet Crown Trail opened in August, thus extending the already-existing footpath that starts at Zilker Park and goes all the way down south to Brodie Lane.

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The VCT Needs You!

The next 7 miles of trail are being constructed in 2016 and we need all the help we can get to ‪#‎finishthetrail‬! Members play an important role in supporting the message and they receive special gifts for joining. Become a member today – and SPREAD THE WORD!