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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!

Violet Crown Trail Opens

Austin’s newest trail system will make its debut Friday, Aug. 14, with the official opening of the first six miles of the Violet Crown Trail. When completed, the trail will extend 30 miles from Zilker Park into Hays County, passing through greenbelts, urban areas, and city-owned water quality protection lands.