Book Review: "Every Town Needs A Trail" | Work It Training

I was at the Active Texas Summit in January this year and had the opportunity to talk with Jen Ohlson, the author of “Every Town Needs A Trail.” Jen’s book is all about the history and beauty of Lady Bird Lake Trail (formerly the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail) told through stories of those who love the Trail. She interviewed celebrities like Shawn Colvin, Lance Armstrong, Willie Nelson, and Matthew McConaughey, getting each of their unique perspectives on the Trail. Jen also interviewed Austinites who you may not recognize unless you frequent the Trail, like Bassett and Marge Maguire whose touching tale of walking the Trail dates back to 1965.

The art and photography in this book are awesome! Personally, I was most taken back by the before and after pictures of the Trail during the renovation in the 1960’s. The inside cover is a copy of the original 1964 Town Lake Trail Master Plan designed with the great influence of the late Lady Bird Johnson. The brilliant photos really capture the beauty of this Austin gem.

Pick up a copy at your local independent bookstore or online at Amazon.


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