Having borrowed and and driven to Austin from Dallas with our son & daughter-in-law's bicycles, we were so happy to have this trail so near our hotel, as well as having great mobility all over Austin. We read that the trail is partly gravel, so I brought a helmet. It gave me peace of mind but was not necessary. You'll be sharing the trail with runners, dogs, walkers, & strollers. The trail is mostly densely packed sandy dirt with some areas which are concrete (boat launches, truck paths, & the like). It is fairly well maintained but does have some areas where the dirt has worn away from water run-off & there are a lot of tree nuts on the path as well. Scenery is great (be aware that some of that scenery will be of tarp-tents & belongings right at the shoreline lived in by some of Austin's many, many homeless folks), diverse, of the lake/reservoir, downtown buildings & across-the-lake low rises. There is good signage, info on the plantings & history of the trail, bridges, etc. Our only criticism was that, somehow, we did not see the sign for the Congress Avenue Bridge where we wanted to exit the trail & so, kept biking, & biking, & biking, such that we ended up doing nearly 20 miles, not the actual trail's 10 miles! But, we didn't mind because we came back the next day & rode it again, this time entering through Zilker Park!