With your continued support, Hill Country Conservancy has been diligently working on the Violet Crown Trail since the year 2000. The planning, permitting, partnering, zoning, digging, rock moving, surfacing, and signage process has not been quick or easy. But now, twenty years from the trail’s inception, your support has materialized into a beautiful, top tier trail for everyone in our community to enjoy. The Violet Crown Trail stretches 13 miles from Zilker Park to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, winding in and out of the woods and urban areas of Austin. The trail is invigoratingly steep in some places and gently meandering in others. Some sections are designed for mountain bikers and some are perfect for strollers. No matter your age or ability, every moment you spend on the Violet Crown Trail is filled with adventure, fresh air, beauty, stress reduction, and so much more. Now that the first 13 miles of the trail are ready for use, we are excited to showcase the impact of your support, and invite you to join us on a Walk-and-Talk on the Violet Crown Trail.
Hill Country Conservancy’s Walk-and-Talks are guided tours of the trail. Typically hosted in the early morning, each walk presents an outstanding opportunity for you explore the trail and start your day in the best way possible—by spending time in nature. Researchers continuously present evidence that being in nature is an excellent way to improve your physical health as well as your emotional wellbeing. Time spent outdoors boosts your mood, lowers your blood pressure and your stress levels, and genuinely makes you happier. Add to that an opportunity to learn something new about our vibrant city, and you have a perfect way to begin your day.
Walk-and-Talks with Hill Country Conservancy are also a great way to get to know the excellent trail your gifts built, in an intimate setting. The Walk-and-Talks rotate between trailheads, so you can experience each section of trail and learn how they all connect together. Whether you are traveling deep into the Gaines Creek ravine or gazing up at the Seismic Wall along the Greenbelt, you will gain a deeper understanding of each section of trail, the area’s unique history, and the successes challenges, and lessons learned throughout the trail’s construction. Further enriching the experience, we often invite a guest docent specializing in native plants, local geography, or birds of Central Texas to impart their expert knowledge along the way. Each Walk-and-Talk is a unique experience that will deepen your connection the wondrous trail that connects the hidden gems and special spots located throughout our beautiful city.
We hope you will join us for one or all of our scheduled Walk-and-Talks. It’s the perfect way to start your day.
You can find the schedule of Walk-and-Talks here.