If there's competition for a street's ability to accurately summarize a city then Austin's Burnet is a contender. On this street, you can find anything from a high-end sushi dinner to a cheap oil change as well as a strip of quirky resale and esteemed antique shops. The North Burnet neighborhood is an extension of Austin's subculture. Here, single professionals and young couples employed by any number of tech industries in the area take shelter in modern condos and apartment complexes. A number of environmentally-conscious eateries and grocers take advantage of the residents and numerous shopping centers add to this urban suburb.
As an exclusively urban area, this neighborhood weighs heavy with concrete, giving Austinites a one-stop spot to shop, run errands, or find a quick meal. If you're getting the puppy-dog eyes from a pooch begging for some outdoors time, there are still plenty of sidewalks to explore, you just may have to drive to get there.
The Domain is an outdoor mall with lots of walking space where dogs are allowed as long as they're leashed. Above the shops are apartments, so it's likely you'll run into some fellow dog-walkers.Walking around the North Burnet area is plausible, but some warehouse districts won't have sidewalks. On the plus side, main strips such as Burnet Road and Braker Lane have metro bus stops which can get you to downtown Austin. There's also the relatively-new Metrorail line which extends as far south as lively downtown. You will have to travel without your dog, however, if they are not a service animal.
If you're looking for an escape from the urban jungle, head just ten minutes down the road to North Star Greenbelt. The trail is paved and not challenging. A few crosswalks are present when roadways come in contact with the Greenbelt, but they are pedestrian-protected and safe.
With over 250 acres of protected wilderness, it's no wonder that Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is full of amenities that are sure to keep dogs and their owners busy for hours. Designated off-leash trails give you a chance to enjoy watching your pet explore unencumbered by a leash.