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
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.