Austin is a city where residents can live outdoors all year round. Hiking trails near Barton Creek, swimming pools in neighborhoods like Circle C, and balconies and back patios on both starter and Austin luxury homes are a few of the ways Austinites make the most of their nearly year-round temperate weather. Another way homeowners...

Established in 1939, Emma Long Metropolitan Park (ELMP) is one of the largest parks in Austin with over 1,140 acres and a mile of beautiful lakefront. Visitors enjoy relaxing on its 350-foot sandy beach, hiking, camping, and water sports like boating, skiing, and swimming. Once known as City Park, ELMP was renamed to honor Austin’s...

History of Lake Austin Lake Austin, the sixth in a chain of seven lakes known as the Highland Lakes, is located in West Austin in Travis County. Formerly known as Lake McDonald, it was the first large reservoir in Texas. According to the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), Lake Austin was created by the construction...