Containing mainly local government buildings and just one to two locally owned restaurants, Lakeway's City Center isn't exactly a bustling metropolitan area, which is ideal if you're looking for a quiet, stress-free trot around the block with your pet. Residential neighborhoods rest just outside its core, growing in number much like a ripple effect. Lakeway residents love their pets and so there are plenty of amenities and local businesses offering anything from dog training, boarding, pampering, and grooming close by.
Also nearby are a number of local parks, wildlife preserves, access to the Colorado River, and favorite greenways, two of which fit cozily inside the borders of this neighborhood: Smith Greenbelt and Hamilton Greenbelt.
Hamilton Greenbelt is a local favorite and can find itself with heavy foot traffic, even on weekdays. The wonderful thing about both it and Smith Greenbelt, however, is that its hiker determines the level of difficulty. Terrain will vary from dirt, pebble, to staggered rock formations and the trails begin mostly flat and simple from the trailhead, gaining both elevation and terrain complexity the further you stray. This allows the adventuring dog and their two-legged companion to choose how far they'd like to venture, therefore minimizing or maximizing what their hike demands from them.
Just a block away from the serenity of Hamilton's hiking trails lies Smith Greenbelt. Smith is under 5 acres, making it perfect for a midday saunter with your leashed buddy. The dirt paths are maintained by the city and also follow the curves of Hurst Creek.
If even the 4.5 acres of Smith Greenbelt are a little too audacious, there's a third walking area in City Center. The Eagle Sculpture sits just across the road from a Lakeway government building and features shade, a short, pebble-covered pathway, and, naturally, a giant Eagle sculpture. On this pocket park rests a historical building and during the holidays, the small plot of land gets festive and bright.