Barton Creek is a tributary that feeds the Colorado River
as it flows through the Texas
Hill Country. The creek passes through some of the more scenic areas in Greater Austin
and forms a greenbelt that is the habitat for many indigenous species of flora and fauna, including at least seven endangered species of plants.
The creek begins in northern Hays County
and flows 40 miles (64 km) east through Austin to Lady Bird Lake
, where it merges with the Colorado River. The creek falls into the fissure of the Edwards Aquifer in southwest Austin and reemerges at Barton Springs. During rainy seasons, upper Barton Creek hosts water recreation including kayaking, tubing, and swimming. The Lower Barton Creek Greenbelt
features these water sports year-round with swimming in Barton Springs Pool
, and kayaking and caneoing in the creek fed with the discharge from the springs.