There is something for everyone along the 10-mile Butler Trail. Whether you are looking for community programming, a serene place to meditate, a place to put in your paddleboard or kayak, or just be one with nature.
The Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, enhance, and connect the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail for the benefit of all. Established in 2003 as the Town Lake Trail Foundation, The Trail Conservancy furthers the historic efforts set forth by the Citizens Committee in 1971.
The Butler Trail will always be public parkland and will always belong to the people. To serve our city in all its diversity, the Trail must be a welcoming and engaging place for everyone. TTC is committed to improving, maintaining, and operating the Trail to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy one of our city’s most treasured attractions.
With nearly 5 million visits 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.