AUSTIN, Texas – The Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) celebrated the opening of the Violet Crown Trail (VCT) on Slaughter Lane.
- Marks the completion of the first phase
- The planning and completion took 13 years
- Trail will eventually be 30 miles
The project has been in progress for more than 13 years. The opening on Saturday marks the end of the first phase of the trail.
The trail stretches from Zilker Park to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The goal of HCC is to create the first regional road network in central Texas. The VCT currently contains 13 miles of public roads.
“Enjoying the great outdoors is central to the Austin lifestyle. It’s an integral part of what makes our city great, ”said Paige Ellis, Austin City Councilor. “Access to green spaces, parkland and pathways is critical to the health of our residents, and I am so proud of my constituents in District 8 that they voted to allow this pathway in their neighborhood. They have generously offered this new amenity in their own back yard for all Austinites to enjoy. “
Hill Country Conservancy and Sporting Goods Company REI celebrated Saturday by hosting the first VCT Ribbon Run. The runners broke the new trail at Slaughter Trailhead with a 3-mile run and 1-mile walk-and-talk.
Work on the second phase of the project will begin in early 2020. Upon completion, the 30-mile trail will pass through Barton Creek Wilderness Park, the town of Sunset Valley and eventually to Hays County. The trail passes near the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the city of Austin water quality sanctuaries.