Red Bud Isle

Red Bud Isle

As told by
Rooster
Red Bud Isle is yet another public park Austin has to offer where dogs can be off-leash
Price:
FREE
Best time of day:
Anytime

What everyone knows

It is not that big of a park which makes finding a parking space a bit tricky at times, however you and your canine friend(s) will love its natural beauty and trails.

What they don't tell you

Red Bud Isle was formed in 1900 by the catastrophic collapse of the Great Granite Dam that contained Lake McDonald (now known as Lake Austin), killing several dozen people.

Do it like a local

Bring your pup, picnic basket or portable hammock and enjoy the beauty and recreation of this gem of an island.

For the History Buffs

Attention all K-9 owners! If your best friend is named Rover, Fido, or Mr. Woof, I know a paradise of a place where your dog would love to roam freely off-leash through dense brush. In fact, you don’t have to bring a dog to enjoy the park. Here you can go fishing, kayaking, and canoeing, because it is completely surrounded by water. It is called Red Bud Isle. Located just below Lake Austin’s Tom Miller Dam, on the western-most end of Lady Bird Lake, this island is a favorite playground for dogs and their owners. There is a half-mile trail that circulates around the 17.5 acre island that has numerous smaller trails meandering off from the main trail leading to the water’s edge. Although your furry friend can enjoy the water, you are not allowed to swim in the water surrounding the island. My favorite part of the island is the far side, opposite the parking lot, where you will find exposed roots of tall cypress trees. From the tip of the island you can see magnificent mansions atop the limestone bluffs of West Lake Hills, overlooking Lady Bird Lake. There are benches scattered along the main trail and a few picnic tables near the entrance, however there are no restrooms nor water fountains at the park.
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