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Zilker Trailhead to 360 Trailhead
Beginning at Zilker Park, the Violet Crown Trail follows Barton Creek Greenbelt along some of the most stunning and well-loved areas of Barton Creek, from Campbell’s Hole and The Flats to several popular climbing walls. There are two additional trailheads along this section which can be used for entry/exit, the Spyglass Trailhead and the Gus Fruh Trailhead. This map shows the section that ends at the 360 trailhead, about 4 miles down the trail from Zilker Park. Both of these trailheads, 360 and Zilker, offer parking for trail users.
360 Trailhead to 290 Trailhead
This map covers the section of trail which begins at the 360 trailhead and heads south. It crosses under the Capital of Texas Highway and eventually splits into two sections; the Violet Crown Trail, which meanders through the Gaines Creek Greenbelt all the way to Sunset Valley and beyond, and the Barton Creek Greenbelt, which continues Westward along Barton Creek. The Gaines Creek section is the first area Hill Country Conservancy truly began working on the Violet Crown Trail, and with the help of American Youth Works, Texas Conservation Corp, large pieces of limestone were pulled from the canyon and employed along a new stretch of trail. As the trail user continues south along the Violet Crown trail, they ascend out of the creek to a newly established trailhead on the North side of Highway 290.
Construction for the next segment of trail will begin in Spring 2016. This next segment will connect the newly established 290 trailhead all the way to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center and the Veloway, and eventually into Hays County. From Gaines Creek and the 290 trailhead, the trail shifts from the urban wild lands of the Barton Creek Greenbelt to the more residential Sunset Valley. This next section of trail connects the neighborhoods and villages of this area to parks, schools, retail centers, and open space. While the Violet Crown Trail will connect to some existing trail in this area, such as Arbor Trails around Brushy Creek Road, there are still large tracks of raw land here.
VCT Route Overall
This map shows the overall route of the Violet Crown Trail. Once complete, the 30-mile trail will provide a unique recreational experience stretching from Zilker Park, south through Sunset Valley to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and continuing further south into the rolling countryside of Hays County. The first 6 miles of the trail are now open, and plans are underway to build the next segment of the VCT and open it publicly by 2017.
VCT at Circle C Ranch
This map shows the section of trail that will go through the Circle C Ranch area. This section has broken ground and will be opening to the public in 2017.