The weather in Austin is ideal for walking most of the year with warm temperatures. Winters are mild with little chance of freezing temperatures and no need to wear heavy coats. Summers are very hot and many dog owners choose to take their pets out earlier or later in the day to avoid heat and heat-related illnesses. Thunderstorms and even tornadoes are a definite possibility in the Austin region. These storms are very dangerous for exposed pedestrians and their pets who are caught walking when they hit. Check forecasts and be sky aware to avoid storms with high winds, hail, and possible flash floods.
Residential neighborhoods are well landscaped with lots of trees and lawns, however, the commercial areas are paved and exposed with few trees. This area is not as pedestrian-friendly as the residential neighborhood as it has lots of traffic, noise, hot pavement, and little shade.
Homes in the residential area tend to be ranch style bungalows with well-landscaped properties. Williamson Creek and an associated ravine run through the south side of the neighborhood and there are natural areas and varied natural terrain around the creek. Most of the area is flat with no steep hills to walk up when strolling with your dog.
The Battle Bend Neighborhood Park is also located in East Congress. The community park has a playground and open and treed areas. It is an ideal spot to stop on a walk through the neighborhood and rest in the shade or check out the recreational activity in the park. Several improvements including picnic sites are proposed for this local park which will enhance its value as a destination for dog walkers in East Congress.