Completed in June 2014, the 7,250-foot Boardwalk on Town Lake is a steel and concrete path along the south side of Lady Bird Lake that now connected a 1.3-mile gap in the ten mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. The full trail can now be used as an alternative transportation route for downtown commuters as well as a recreational trail for hikers, bikers, and joggers. It has an ADA accessible pier and seven areas where fishing is allowed. The trail, nestled in the scenic, natural environment, provides views of turtles, cranes, and other wildlife right in downtown Austin. Along the boardwalk, there’s also a public artwork project called Belting It Out that was commissioned by Austin's Art in Public Places program and created by artist Ken Little. It consists of steel western-style belts woven into the boardwalk railings with lyrics from Texas singers and songwriters on each belt.
The Boardwalk is open daily from 5 am to midnight. You can park on South Lakeshore Boulevard between Riverside and Pleasant Valley Road, across the river at Festival Beach, or at parking areas near the trail. The Boardwalk is also accessible at the northeast corner of the American-Statesman parking lot, at the northeast corner of the Riverside and IH-35 intersection, off the Riverside Drive sidewalk at Blunn Creek, and at International Shores Park located at 1820 S. Lakeshore Blvd.