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We have a range of memberships to fit every budget – including our Redbud Circle, Cypress Circle, and Live Oak Circle levels.

New Name Same Organization

For the past 20 years, we’ve been known as The Trail Foundation - passionately committed to making the Butler Trail the place in Austin where the community felt included and welcome. So, why would we change who we are now? We aren’t. We are just changing our name.

Share Your Story Arts & Culture on the Trail

This project is part of the public outreach for the Butler Trail Arts and Culture Plan. Its goal is to help us learn what this place means to the people of Austin, as a basis of understanding what arts and culture strategies would be most appropriate.

Find Things To Do On the Trail

This project is part of the public outreach for the Butler Trail Arts and Culture Plan. Its goal is to help us learn what this place means to the people of Austin, as a basis of understanding what arts and culture strategies would be most appropriate.

Do's and Don'ts Trail Etiquette

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The Trail Conservancy

The Trail Conservancy protects, enhances, and connects the beloved Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Established in 2003 as the Town Lake Trail Foundation, The Trail Conservancy furthers the historic efforts set forth by the Citizens Committee.

Our mission is to ensure that future generations continue to enjoy one of our most treasured attractions. With the support of our visionary and generous community, the trail remains one of Austin’s most outstanding places.


of The Trail

With nearly 5 million visitors annually, the Trail Conservancy continually enhances amenities and preserves points of interest so everyone can enjoy exploring the trail. Visitors of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail can access bikeways, ADA-accessible trails, bathrooms, drinking fountains, as well as gardens, rest areas, and rotating art installations.

Drinking Fountains
Pedestrian Bridges
Boat Ramps
Tree Groves & Urban Forestry
Ecological Restoration
ADA Accessible Entrances

Trail Ecosystem

Fishes Types
Visitors per Year

Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum, is a tall, deciduous conifer that can reach over 75 feet in height. The tree has "knees" that project from submerged roots at the base and light airy foliage on the crown. Bald Cypress trees line the edges of the Trail and Lady Bird Lake and provide shade and cooling for the Trail users and wildlife.

Podilymbus Podiceps Duck

The pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) is a species of the grebe family of water birds. The pied-billed grebe is primarily found in ponds throughout the Americas.

Ground Skink

Scincella lateralis, formerly Lygosoma laterale is a small species of skink found throughout much of the eastern half of the United States, and into northern Mexico. 

Large Mouth Bass

Fishing is a popular past-time on the Lake with anglers catching Largemouth Bass, Redbreast and Redear Sunfish, and Bluegills. And don’t forget their food! Invertebrates like Swallowtail Butterflies, various moths, spiders, beetles, and dragonflies can be found on Lady Bird Lake.

Corrells False Dragon Head

Correll's false dragonhead (Physostegia correllii) is a rare, flowering plant characterized by purple-pink flowers and dark green leaves. It belongs to the mint family and is found in forested and herbaceous wetland habitats.

Mexican Free Tail Bat

What can we say, this is the iconic bat of Central Texas. The star of the show at Bracken Cave, Congress Avenue Bridge, and many other bat viewing sites in the Central Texas SBA (Significant Bat Area). 

Corrells False Dragon Head

Resting on logs and peeking from the Lake surface you can find Red-eared Slider turtles, Spiny Softshell turtles. Remember to give Cottonmouth Snakes a wide berth, and listen for Gulf Coast Toads.


Damselflies are flying insects and are similar to dragonflies. They  are smaller and have slimmer bodies. Most species fold the wings along the body when at rest, unlike dragonflies which hold the wings flat and away from the body.

Our Work


The Butler Trail sees 4.9 million visits a year and as Austin grows, that number will grow with it. We will continue to make enhancements to protect and improve the gem that we have.


Trail Maps

Use an interactive map, download a map to your phone, or (coming soon!) use Google to embark on a journey unique to you. These maps help you learn about current and future projects, explore routes, spoke trails, and state-of-the-art amenities like drinking water fountains, restrooms, and parking lots.

Get Involved

Become a

Do you enjoy the trail year-round?
Become a member of The Trail Conservancy because you care about Austin’s natural sanctuary. Members help us protect and enhance The Butler Trail and bridge the gap between the City’s budget and the trail’s needs.

Trail Stories

Your Stories of
and on the Trail.

"I love the Trail because it’s a place where people can come to better ourselves physically, spiritually, and mentally.”

Willard Davis, Ultra-marathoner

"I'd found a secret spot I could write and that's what I did many times. I have no clue if it's been found by others but I hope it's still hidden."

Donna Ellis-Cotten

"The Trail has been an important part of my life at every stage."

Lisa Fritsch, Board Member

What's Coming Up?


What's Coming Up?

Music on the Trail
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The Trail Conservancy’s State of the Trail
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Music on the Trail
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Flow & Thrive
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Board, Advisory Committee & Staff Holiday Party
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