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Discover The Butler Trail

Ann and Roy Butler were instrumental in the beautification of the Trail. At the time, the banks of Austin’s Colorado River were nothing like the lush oasis they are now. The area was nearly barren and floods, common in the Hill Country at that time, regularly swept trees and brush away.

Today, the Trail is enjoyed by nearly 5 million visitors annually. Read more about the history of Austin’s most beloved attraction

Our Work
on the Trail

Enhance, protect, and connect.

The Trail Conservancy works with local partners on projects ranging from restroom restoration to ecologically sensitive enhancements. Read about our ongoing and completed projects.

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Nature &

Protect, Connect, & Enhance.

Nature and conservation programs connect riparian corridors and preserve numerous protected areas along the lake. Learn how we are protecting the ecosystem along the trail.

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Experience The Butler Trail

The Trail Conservancy provides free and engaging programming that connects individuals of every age to the Butler Trail. Many programs have ongoing installations for you to revisit on the trail.

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360 Trail Experience

Visit Austin from anywhere.

Explore the Butler Trail from the comfort of your own home with our new 360 Trail Tour. This virtual tour showcases the most scenic viewpoints, popular trailheads, Trail history, and public art along the Butler Trail. Simply move your cursor around for a 360-degree view of each area.


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