45SW Trail

 A 4.5-mile long path along 45SW Toll from MoPac and Escarpment Boulevard to FM 1626.

Opened in the summer of 2019, the 45SW Trail provides 4.5 miles of shared use path, providing an alternate transportation route for cyclists, and recreation for the public, with future connections to the Violet Crown Trail. It features two trailheads with parking and bicycle repair stands for public use, beautiful hill country scenery, and interpretive signage.

Accessing the Trail

Trail users do not have to take the 45SW Toll to arrive at either of the two trailheads of 45SW Trail. Access the trail through the MoPac Trailhead or the Bliss Spillar Trailhead. Parking is available at each location.

The Trail Experience

Along the trail you’ll find more than a road, nature, a place to walk. In addition to a beautiful display of springtime wildflowers and an overlook at Bear Creek, we’ve installed 14 interpretive signs spread out among the 4.5-mile trail. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural wonders of the Hill Country and Edwards Aquifer by stopping to read the signs as you travel.

Trail Explorer by CTRMA

We’ve taken the trail experience a step further with the Trail Explorer by CTRMA phone app, which allows users to get more information from the interpretive signs along the trail with both English and Spanish audio narration and augmented reality experiences. The app also includes GPS guidance to help users navigate the trail and alert them to upcoming experiences.

The Trail Explorer by CTRMA app is available to download for free in the Android Play Store and Apple phone’s app store. Follow the directions in the app and use your phone’s camera to trigger six hidden augmented reality experiences. Users can watch a prehistoric sea creature animate in life-size form right before their eyes, witness the majesty of a towering Live Oak Tree as it grows from the ground up and much more.

Don’t forget to snap a picture with the augmented reality animations to capture and share the journey with your friends and family. Tag @ctxmobility and #CTRMATrails and you may be in for more fun!

Get Inspired

Try the app at home with a few signs from the trail.

Download and print the 45SW Trail Coloring and Activity Book inspired by the trail.

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