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This is more of a workout than a hike! We loved it bc it’s well-marked, challenging and a beautiful stream through a canyon. The only downside is the end is a bit anticlimactic; there’s no sweeping view or lake at the end.

I would definitely mark this trail as hard, especially if you're out of shape. It was very beautiful and tranquil down by the creek, with a few pretty little waterfalls. The steps arent super hard, but you will feel the burn! Bring lots of water, and watch your step, it gets a bit slick on some parts.
There were quite a few benches to stop and take a breather while you enjoy the view or even sounds of the creek. I would highly recommend this to anyone who asks about it.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Definitely a pretty trail but fairly urban. A decent amount of stairs but it’s far from a “hard” rating. Very easy and not technical at all. I’d go again for sure and it’s one of my favorite in the area.

hiking
2 days ago

Great Beginner trail... My family and I Base all Texas State Parks Trails off of Garner State Park and or Lost Maples State Park. So that being said, this hike was very easy. The trail was in good shape for a paved trail and there are plenty of restrooms and picnic areas with charcoal grills. The park staff was very professional and courteous. As far as the trail it would be great for jogging and or walking your dog. I don’t see much of a challenge with a mountain bike or a seasoned hiker looking to hike “old baldy”.

hiking
2 days ago

Completed the loop this weekend with my grandson, still a few spots requiring a detour, but the trail is generally in pretty good shape.

Very cool scenes and nice walk with good climbs and great views all around....very quiet and peaceful

Very challenging and fun. We did this one with our 12 year old while wearing our 10 month old. It was incredibly steep so we had to take turns wearing the baby. Definitely have to be careful on some of the terrain but the hike and view are worth it!

Very good for hiking, but not for biking. Spent half the time walking or carrying my bike over the rocks. Also very muddy

I love this trail. It offers beautiful views with the multiple streams that run along the walkway. Easy enough for a simple stroll, and long enough for a great run. I have a blind dog who has trouble getting comfortable with walking outside, and he had no issues navigating the trail (with a leash, of course). My mother, who trains for half marathons runs here every weekend and loves it as well. Only problem is people leaving dog waste bags along the way, please practice Leave No Trace principles!

A nice, quick hike. It was pretty quiet when I arrived; I only saw a couple of other people. It had rained the morning I went out, and stretches of the trail were submerged or very muddy. Gorgeous views at the top; the only sounds out there are the streams nearby and the birds.

Took both dogs and kids on this trail. It stays shady which keeps the temps comfortable. Lots of water features and sets of natural stairs. I really enjoyed this park.

A nice morning hike, well traveled and maintained trail that feels like it’s a lot farther out of town than it is.

This is an awesome trail for hiking or jogging. There are a few creek crossings so you can’t run the whole time, but it’s nice to take a couple breaks anyway. My dog loves this trail because there is a creek the whole way and lots to explore. The end of this trail is a seemingly endless staircase that will give you an excellent workout, but you can turn around if you’re not in the mood. Really amazing and beautiful.

The butt-kicking moderately difficult Canyon Trail at River Place Nature Trail is not to be missed: 3.5 miles, 9,802 steps, 28 floors and only takes 1.5 hours! Of course, that’s one-way, so you do the math. Great views.

Love the elevation. Highly populated though.

Distance plus good elevations up and down.

hiking
25 days ago

This is just a flat out great hike. Beautiful views, some nice incline. A great hill country hike. Make sure to take the creek trail section of the trails as well (only .6 miles long). It's the best looking creek I've ever seen and arguably the best part of the hike. Hiked in late December, 2018.

hiking
26 days ago

Best trail for a hike/run workout in ATX. Multiple water crossings can be muddy after a rain. Peaceful and beautiful. I like to start at the Little Fern trail to get to the main trail. Hiking or trail running shoes are recommended. This trail is not for the faint at heart! If you, your dogs or children are not a regular hiker or in shape please find another trail!

hiking
26 days ago

Take the green trail for a more beautiful view of the Perdernales River

Great trail. Had rained the day before so the 4 stream crossings each way required waterproof hiking boots or wet feet! Path is generally single file.

hiking
27 days ago

You have to venture past the paved trail to find the nice parts. Once the pavement comes to an end, keep going! We went the day after a good rain, so the creek was flowing well. We even found a pretty good sized waterfall (good sized, relatively speaking) on the side of the trail opposite of the creek.

Great views. Felt like you were not anywhere near the city even though we were. Great for kids and dogs.

very nice

Great trail. But lots of bikers so beware. Pretty little creek amongst the trails. Even a few small bluegill you can catch. Another beautiful outdoor place in the Austin/Cedar Park area.

trail running
1 month ago

Great little trail close to town. Better for those that live south. Fairly easy terrain, single track not too rocky or technical. Very few inclines, and not much for elevation gain. You have to get your feet wet right off the bat to get onto the trail, so keep that in mind. No bathrooms or water along the way except at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

The hiking trail along the river is foot traffic only and allows for amazing vistas through the canyon. No cards accepted so bring cash. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen—absolutely necessary. Important to note the red highlighted trail shown here on this app is mountain biking only—no foot traffic. The black dotted trail shown here is foot traffic or multi-use. Ask for park map at guardhouse.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Mountain bike trails are great offering challenges for all levels. Helmets mandatory and bring cash.

trail running
1 month ago

Parked at the bottom and hiked up. Went through the detours. Made it to top then ran down along River Place rd back to car. About 6 miles total. Pretty good. Relaxing.

Amazing trail! Definitely a decent workout if you keep your pace up. There is a ton of stairs as the others have mentioned, but I really enjoyed them. My Garmin said I did 170 flights of stairs today!
I started around 9AM on a Sunday and there was a fair amount of people, but not as much as I thought there would have been. I would on the way up that I would come across others every 15-20 minutes, but on the way down it was probably every 5 minutes, if that.
Pups loved getting a bit muddy and then crossing the streams.

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