We'll visit Zilker Nature Preserve next for one of our shorter hikes. The hike winds through woods hanging with Spanish moss, and a scenic overlook provides a magical view of the city, where skyscrapers seem to pop out of the trees. The preserve is adjacent to the Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC), opposite Zilker Botanical Gardens. Please note that THIS IS NOT ZILKER PARK.
We'll finish up around 11:30 and go somewhere for lunch. Since the ANSC is closed Sunday mornings, we'll meet at the "Rowing Dock" kayak rental at 2418 Stratford Drive, where there is an entrance to the preserve. Park either in the kayak rental parking lot -- which also provides public access to the lake -- or park along the street. The entrance to the preserve is across the street from the kayak rental.
The preserve does not offer a lot of hiking, but it traverses varied terrain and has several beautiful spots for stopping. The hike is mostly flat, but there are several steep and/or rocky sections. The path to the amphitheatre overlook is pretty steep. I've thought of a way to get at least 1.5 miles out of this hike -- a new trail for those who've done this before.
Newcomers, here's how the outings works. We walk into nature and have either one long creative stop or two short ones. BOREDOM IS NOT ALLOWED. Be prepared to happily entertain yourself for however long we take. Also, TALKING IS NOT ALLOWED during the creative breaks, except for niceties and necessities. That way people can enjoy the nature and focus on their creations. After each break we'll gather again to share our creations. We do plenty of talking outside the breaks.
I'll see you creative types at Zilker Nature Preserve.