From major box office hits to cult classics, Austin has provided a spectacular landscape for filmmakers to bring their vision to life. Visitors have flocked to destinations featured in iconic locally made films like "Dazed and Confused" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." With over 50 years of production, there are many film tourism locations in the Austin area to experience including those seen in "Walker."
"Walker" is a reboot of the 1993–2001 television series "Walker, Texas Ranger," with Austinite Jared Padalecki in the iconic role. Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a Texas Ranger and recently widowed father of two, returns home to Austin after being in deep cover and discovers there is much work to be done, both on the streets and at home. Along with his new partner Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan), Walker is ready to take on the tough cases that come with the badge of the Texas Rangers.
Details: The CW / TV-PG / 45 minutes / Action, Drama
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Molly Hagan, Keegan Allen, Violet Brinson, Kale Culley, Coby Bell, Jeff Pierre, and Mitch Pileggi
Streaming On: @iTunes, @TheCW
Scene: Austin, Texas
More than most productions shot in Austin, the city plays a key roll in the hit CW series "Walker." Tons of Austin landmarks appear in the series, but there’s no denying this establishing shot of the Texas State Capitol Building as seen from Walker’s (Padalecki) truck, as he crosses over the Congress Avenue Bridge.
Location: Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. (300 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701)
Scene: Food Truck Park on South Congress Avenue
In the first episode, Walker (Padalecki) and Micki (Morgan), his new partner in the Texas Rangers, have lunch at a food truck located near the Church On Congress Avenue. The location where this scene was filmed is is home to the HeyCupcake! food truck.
Location: Food Truck Park on South Congress Avenue (100 Elizabeth St, Austin, TX 78704)
Scene: Duncan Park
Walker (Padalecki) uses his tracking skills to find a horse that’s wandered into a downtown creek just off of Duncan Park in downtown Austin.
Location: Duncan Park (900 W 9th St, Austin, TX 78701)
Scene: House Park
Walker's daughter Stella (Brinson) plays soccer for Sacred Heart High School and practices at the amazing House Park field, one of Austin’s premiere varsity sports facilities.
Location: House Park (1301 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78701)
Scene: The Rhapsody Mosaic
Just before visiting the fictional Flores de Alma flower shop, there's an establishing shot of East Austin's colorful Rhapsody mosaic, a beautiful tribute to East Austin’s musical heritage.
Location: East Austin Rhapsody Mosaic (1021 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702)
Scene: Zilker Park
Walker (Padalecki) dreams of better times when his wife was still alive. Genevieve Padalecki, Jared's wife, guest starred as Walker's wife. Filmed at the Polo Fields section of Zilker Park, this is a dream sequence in more than one way, as there is not actually a gazebo in the expansive park. Zilker Park is also the site of ACL Festival, which was one of the shooting locations for "Song To Song."
Location: Zilker Park (2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin, TX 78746)
Scene: Sacred Heart High School
The fictional Sacred Heart High, where Stella (Brinson) attends school, is located at the Baker Business Center in Central Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood. The location has also played a high school on the series "Friday Night Lights."
Location: Baker Center (3908 Avenue B, Austin, TX 78751)
Scene: The Courthouse
In multiple episodes, Walker (Padalecki) can be seen walking in and out of the the Bastrop County Courthouse. This building is located in downtown Bastrop and was also featured heavily in the film "Bernie."
Location: Bastrop County Courthouse (804 Pecan St, Bastrop, TX 78602)
Scene: Green Thumb and Grace
Walker (Padalecki) and Micki (Morgan) visit the fictional Green Thumb and Grace store after tracing the plates on a company van that was spotted at the scene of a crime. This scene was filmed at East Austin ceramic supply shop Armadillo Clay.
Location: Armadillo Clay (3307 E Fourth St, Austin, TX 78702)
Scene: The Rodeo
Many scenes in the fifth episode, "Duke," were filmed at Mayfest Park, home of the Bastrop Homecoming and Rodeo organization.
Location: Mayfest Park (25 American Legion Dr, Bastrop, TX 78602)
Iconic Filming Location Map
Explore more iconic filming locations during your next visit to Austin. The Austin Film Tourism Guide has details on the where scenes from your favorite movie and television series were filmed in and around Austin.