Warm weather year-round in Austin means dog walkers can be comfortable taking their dogs out without donning heavy coats and boots. Winters are mild with temperatures well above freezing while spring and fall are warm and pleasant. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot with extreme heat and thunderstorms. Severe weather can create an issue for dog owners that like to take their dogs out daily. Check local forecasts and plan your walks to avoid dangerous storms or high temperatures. Don’t forget that hot pavement can burn your dog's paw pads, so stay off hot surfaces or purchase doggie boots to protect them!
Sweet Briar is located west of I 35, south of the Williamson Greenbelt, east of 1st Street, and north of W. William Cannon Drive. The neighborhood is bisected into west and east sections by S. Congress Drive.
Commercial areas with little landscaping and large paved parking lots are located on the southwest and northeast corners of the area. There are apartment complexes mostly concentrated on the east side and single-family homes throughout the neighborhood. Homes are well set back from streets with space in between houses. The northern residential sections are relatively flat with sidewalks and easily walkable.
Southern sections have some gentle hills and lack separate pedestrian paths, so dog walkers have to share the road with local traffic. Keep your dog leashed in these areas and walk facing oncoming traffic. Be aware of increased traffic in the interstate area and along major thoroughfares running through it where noise and vehicles can present a hazard.
The Williamson Creek Greenbelt is located on the northern border of Sweet Briar. This greenbelt features the Williamson Creek winding through the natural area and is heavily wooded with a trail that is great for walking your pup.
A short trip to the east will take you to the McKinney Falls State Park which is connected to several other greenbelts in the region and provides 700 acres of natural and recreation space to enjoy with your furry friend. There are miles of trails to do some wildlife watching and walk your pup.
To the west, the Armadillo Neighborhood Park is a small community park within walking distance of Sweet Briar residents on the west side of the neighborhood. This pretty park has a paved walking trail, shade trees, open spaces and a play structure for families to enjoy. These parks provide plenty of opportunities and options for the energetic canine.