Plan Your Trip

For the best experience on the Violet Crown Trail, we recommend planning your trip before you leave. Scroll down for tips on planning your trip.
 

Know Before You Go

  • Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash at all times. Keep your furry friends safe – wildlife appreciates it too.
  • There are no restrooms on the trail at this time.
  • Leave no trace. Pack it in, pack it out. Keep the trail litter free – that means taking dog bags home.
  • Bicyclists please yield to pedestrians and pass slowly on the left.
  • Be a good trail steward! Stay on the designated trail, respect others, and share the trail.
  • This trail traverses a sensitive wildlife area. Please be kind to the plants and animals that live there.
  • No alcohol, camping, or fires on the Violet Crown Trail.

Cautions:

  • The currently opened portion of the trail has an uneven, rocky surface and at times has steep slopes and sharp curves. It is not advisable for strollers or road bikes.
  • There are numerous creek crossings along the route which are periodically flooded. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Bring water! There are no water fountains along the trail, so plan ahead.
  • Closures due to high water will be posted on the VCT Facebook page and on this site. Please check back for updates before entering the trail.

Difficulty

Portions of the trail, particularly between Zilker Park and the 290 Trailhead, exceed 10% gradient and are recommended for experienced mountain bikers and hikers only. The currently open section of trail has an uneven and rocky surface, steep slopes, and numerous dry creek crossings which could periodically be flooded. Wear appropriate shoes and be cautious. If there have been heavy rains, parts of the trail will be temporarily closed.

The future segment of trail from the 290 Trailhead to the Veloway/Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Trailhead will be constructed by ADA standards to the greatest extent possible.


Getting There

There are currently two major trailheads where you can start your trip. Hover over the images below to learn more.

  • Zilker Trailhead
    The Zilker Park Trailhead at the Barton Creek Greenbelt
    The portal for this trailhead is still in development. Click for directions.
  • The 290 Trailhead for the Violet Crown Trail in Sunset Valley
    Look for the official Violet Crown Trail portal! Click for directions.

Transportation Options

There are only two official parking lots dedicated for trail users. These are at the Zilker Park Trailhead and the 360 Trailhead. Users are encouraged to use public transportation to reach the trail whenever possible.