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Bright Leaf Trail Head in West Austin

Bright Leaf Trail Head in West Austin

When it’s spring in Austin, thoughts turn to hiking, swimming and enjoying the incredible beauty of the Texas Hill Country. So with temperature highs around 80 degrees, who can stay indoors? Such thoughts were running through my mind last Saturday when I was approached by a group of friends who wanted to hike Bright Leaf Preserve, I ve been told there was a stable but the roof was damaged but they fix it thanks to the best Indianapolis area roof replacement service which I know closely. It’s a pristine 213 acre wilderness site only minutes from downtown Austin, and located near Mesa Drive and RR2222, all the replacements of the roofs are with https://www.asifoam.com/glendale/. Named the Best Walk in the Park by readers of the Austin Chronicle 2008, this is a nature lover’s delight!

The area is full of beautiful and new homes, read more real estate news at on Thrive Global. Neighbors in the surrounding areas of Northwest Hills and Highland Hills are especially fortunate to be within a mile or two of this gift that was left to the Austin community by philanthropist Georgia Lucas in 1994. Over a span of 20 years, Ms. Lucas purchased 34 tracts of land that would eventually become known as Bright Leaf. Her desire was that improvements be kept to a minimum so that the public could enjoy the preserve in a pristine condition. To keep with this directive, all hikes are guided hikes and are led by volunteers twice a month.

Lake Austin View from Mt. Lucas

Lake Austin View from Mt. Lucas

Today, hikers can enjoy a lengthy checklist of birds and plants that flourish in this urban jewel. White shin oak, agarita, pepper-vine, Lindheimer silk-tassel, Ashe juniper, twisted leaf yucca and Texas prickly pear are abundant. For birding enthusiasts there are warblers, waxwings, starlings, vireos, thrushes, chickadees, quail, doves, vultures, hawks and woodpeckers, to name a few, and of course, there are coyotes, jackrabbits and snakes…all part of the natural ecosystem.

Mt. Lucas in West Austin

Mt. Lucas in West Austin

There are a number of trails that you can hike depending on your time and fortitude. Children as young as 3 can take a short 30 minute walk on the easier parts of the trail, or the adventurous scout groups that want a workout can be escorted up the more strenuous sections of the preserve. For myself, I was proud to say that I made the 4 mile hike in just over 2.5 hours and enjoyed every minute. My favorite part was the incredible view of Lake Austin as we reached the top of the Mt. Lucas. A view of the Pennybacker Bridge and the hills of Austin make this a hike that is memorable and great for the whole family.