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Our mission is to protect, enhance, and connect the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake for the benefit of all.
Since our formation in 2003 as a 501(c)(3), we have fulfilled our mission through careful improvements to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders. In 2003, we formed the Town Lake Trail Foundation to continue the work of the Citizen’s Committee and ensure that the heart of Austin stays strong. In 2008, inspired by the renaming of the lake, we adopted the name The Trail Foundation.
The beloved Butler Trail is a natural sanctuary that hugs the shores of Lady Bird Lake in the heart of downtown Austin.
It’s a healing place, a place where people go to clear their minds, commune with nature, gather for fun, or stretch their boundaries. It’s miles of well-loved places—a place to splash in the lake, push a stroller, spot a heron, hear live music, grab a beer, catch up with friends, ride a bike, run for miles, or just be. It’s a place to experience Austin in all its diversity at every stage of our lives. And it’s the center of the city’s expanding network of connected urban paths. Ultimately, the Trail will extend further eastward and westward along the lake.
It’s easy for everyone in Austin to get to. It connects people to nature and us to one another for generations to come.