Doug Sahm Hill

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Doug Sahm Hill is the highest point of Bouldin Creek Park, located near Lady Bird Lake. The hill is named after Texas music legend - Dough Sahm, and offers a stunning view of the Austin city skyline.

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Tripshepherd
Austin, tx 78704 USA

Doug Sahm Hill is the highest point of Bouldin Creek Park, located near Lady Bird Lake. The hill is named after Texas music legend - Dough Sahm, and offers a stunning view of the Austin city skyline.

Formerly known as Spiral Hill, Doug Sahm Hill is located in Butler Metro Park and serves as recognition for Doug’s “great talents in the music industry”. This 35-foot (11 meter) hill is the highest point in the park with a panoramic, 360 view of the city skyline.

What to Know:

Nestled along Riverside Drive lies a not-so-hidden gem of Austin, Doug Sahm Hill. Named after the legendary musician of the Texas Tornadoes, this hill offers a stunning panoramic view of the "Live Music Capital of the World."

As you climb the spiraling path to the hill's apex, you'll find a spacious seating area, complete with the Great State of Texas underfoot, making it the perfect place to relax and take in the city's beauty. Whether you're taking a break from a run or bike ride along Town Lake Park's trails, or just looking for a peaceful spot to escape the hustle and bustle, Doug Sahm Hill is the place to be.

For those seeking a bit of respite from the heat, head down to the bottom of the hill to Butler Park and dip your toes in the refreshing fountain. Don't miss out on the opportunity to catch free concerts just across Riverside Drive! And for those looking to catch a sneak peek of the action during SXSW, Doug Sahm Hill is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of Austin's music scene!

Best Time to Visit: 

As Doug Sahm Hill Park is open year-round for the public, you can enjoy idyllic views atop this cliff whenever you're in the mood to take a tour through Austin! Make sure to check the weather beforehand to plan your trip during pleasant weather so that you don't miss out on the spectacular views this hill offers!

How to Get There:

You can easily locate this summit in Butler Metro Park near Lady Bird Lake at 898 W Riverside Dr., Austin, Texas! But navigating your way through the traffic is a hassle, so it's recommended that you book an Scenic Austin City Tour that will take care of everything for you from pick-up to drop-off!

What's more? You'll get to see other scenic spots in the city as well such as Texas Capitol, Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Capital Cruises Austin, and more!

Highlights:

Climb atop this hill and be dazzled by a once-in-a-lifetime view of the downtown skyline and the city! Pack your picnic basket with homemade goodies and light snacks to enjoy some quality time with your family on this hill. This scenic cliff has plenty to offer from its snug spots to its scenic views — things that make for a fantastic picnic! The hill also has a splash fountain and a kite running field near the Palmer Events Center where your kids can have fun while you enjoy your trip in your own calm way! 

The hill has some interesting birdwatching spots which are a treat to see for birding aficionados. From those who are looking for a perfect hiking place to those who are into idyllic spots that offer respite, Doug Sahm Hill has everything! That's why it's a must-visit place when you come down to Austin.

History:

On April 10, 2008, Austin City Council made a historic decision to honor the musical legacy of Doug Sahm by renaming the iconic Spiral Hill in Butler Metro Park to "Doug Sahm Hill." This change symbolizes Austin's deep appreciation for the late musician and his impact on the music scene and serves as a lasting tribute to his memory.

Perched atop the highest point of the park, the 35-foot hill offers a breathtaking 360° view of Austin's stunning skyline. With its spiraling path, it has become a popular spot for visitors to admire the panoramic views of the city and reflect on its rich cultural heritage.