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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.

Excellent hike in town! Great overlook and beautiful water.

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.

Was a nice trail! Tons of dogs, not too much poop. There's a tower near the end that was nice to get up to.

The end of the hike toward the trails can be a but slippery, but with the ropes, it is easily accessible.
worth the hike!!

we went in the back way through a neighborhood thanks Google maps

walking
8 days ago

First, the falls are wonderful and totally unexpected as this is in the middle of texas! The air is a bit tropical and humid, the climb down to the viewing area at the end of the trail is rocky and steep. I went in middle of August so it was very hot, humid, and miserable. Seeing the falls and the Colorado river was definitely worth it though.

The trail is mostly barren, minimal shade, and the ground is rocky so it's a little rough on the feet and ankles. Dogs are supposed to be on leash and pet owners are supposed to pick up after them however it didnt seem most people were following the rules.

This trail is difficult simply due to terrain being rocky, steep, and being shade less. It's a great hike with a nice reward at the end... only problem is you have to hike back!

My daughter, 4 year old grandson and I walked this trail after a rain so there were plenty of puddles and mud. However, we managed to go around most muddy spots without issue. I needed a true nature trail that wasn’t paved and this filled the bill! It’s a mostly easy trail with a few ups and downs and some bumpy rooty areas.

Very pretty, nice trail, although VERY crowded.

Went here and I was blown away by the power that the falls have on you when you see them in person. The stairs are a challenge but they are worth it!

This is the most challenging trail I’ve been able to find in the area. It’s also beautifully scenic. If you are hiking with a dog consider how challenging it is before you take them along. There are several places where you use a chain to cross sections of the creek. My American bulldog handles the trail well but the narrow paths or tricky when keeping them leashed. There are difficult climbs followed by flatter areas. You get a little time to recover between grade changes. If you start on big bend road and come out by the little fern trail you’ll have about 30 minutes of walking through the neighborhood back to your original starting point. Otherwise it’s an hour or so in reverse. I’m jogging half the time. People who walk or hike at a slower pace say it takes them 1.5-2 hours to make the trail. FYI There are signs posted saying that all dogs must remain on a leash but no one seemed to obey this rule. Expect to see dogs off leash usually owners close by. I wouldn’t bring an aggressive dog out. I always encounter off leash dogs.

Walked down the trail then up the steps, both had amazing views!

Beautiful, but extremely crowded on nice weekends. Next time I plan on trying it midweek and seeing if it’s any better.

trail running
18 days ago

It's Houston so rule out hiking....but as far as trails go, this is one of the better loops in the city. Great views of downtown, skate park (with food trucks), dog park, volleyball courts, and even a fancy brunch restaurant - so it should appeal to just about everyone :)

hiking
21 days ago

loved it!!

My children and I enjoyed the walk, with views of the skyscrapers which we joked about being our urban mountains. Great number of herons and egrets, fun people watching, dog park, graffiti, sculptures, trees to climb, and an amazing skatepark. Thoughtfully planned areas for families.

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.

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!

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.

Great workout & overall stair stepper hike! Fun and challenging, but could have used more energy snacks and electrolytes!

mountain biking
29 days ago

Great trail. We have 4 kids ranging in age from 8 to 14 and all of them were able to handle this trail. Trail was in good shape, well marked, single track that flows well. There were some mud spots and a few water crossings but the spots were short lengths. My Garmin measured a little more than 8 miles.

walking
30 days ago

So great and safe so close to the heart of the city

Great trails and views. Loved the water. Took lots of great pictures. Great for kids and dogs.

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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