Hitting Historic Hyde Park for a Run

By AFM – February 1, 2014
Photography by Brian Fitzsimmons

Hyde Park is one of Austin's oldest and most distinct neighborhoods; it’s even a designated Local Historic District. This quick run route takes you past eccentric bungalows, buzzing cafes, and the beautiful oasis of the Hancock Golf Course. The best place to start your run is from Shipe Park (look for the beautiful mural). While it’s a little chilly for swimming now, the public pool is a Godsend at the end of a hot run in the summer. Work your way east to Duval and then take a right on 41st Street. This will take you by Hancock Golf Course, the oldest golf course in Texas, which has an awesome dirt and crushed granite trail running around the perimeter. The approximately 1-mile trail is hilly and a bit rocky at points, so be sure to keep your knees and toes up to avoid tripping. If you really want a challenge, see how many laps you can run around Hancock in a set amount of time.   Though this route is only 3 miles in length, there are plenty of options to extend it. If you are feeling adventurous and need a soft running surface, you can explore the dirt alleyways that run north/south through Hyde Park. http://mapmyfitness.com/routes/view/239059477



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