Explore the most popular trails in Nature Preserve at River Place with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
19 hours ago

Epic out and back trail! Absolutely stunning views of Austin and the trail was so well kept up!

Get you some. Hard exercise but very doable. Pretty well shaded but plan ahead if hot. Bring lots water. Did the three miles up and back. Drastic elevation change to firm up those hineys. We were all sore but not like training for the Olympics sore.

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muddy
6 days ago

Great trail! Slightly muddy but very well kept. It was quiet and just challenging enough. Be warned we saw a sign saying it was going to be $10 a person and $10 per dog starting March 2nd (credit card only). Not sure why but glad we got there before then. Not sure if it will be worth paying $30 for us to go back.

I love this trail. I would definitely classify it as hard, in that the ups and downs are a workout. The middle is awfully pretty. I used to do it almost daily when I was in the area often.

I have had a few few snake sightings.

It's a good hike to get your blood pumping. A good bit if it is in the shade.

It's worth the drive from Austin to do this trail.

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muddy
13 days ago

A beautiful hike or run! It's a quiet evening run. Weekends can get busy especially on a nice day.

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muddy
20 days ago

39 min from bottom of trail, but almost gave me a heart attack

Really fun trail with some difficult parts, but all together absolutely gorgeous. My dog, Soph, loved every minute of it, especially the creek so that she could drink water and play along the way.

Drove 3 hours for this one and it’s all worth it! The built in steps kick my behind , the river so calm so refreshing, indeed we’re so bless to have this natural beauty it’s Gods gift to mankind for us to enjoy and appreciate small things in life.

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.

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muddy
26 days 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.

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muddy
rocky
26 days ago

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.

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
1 month 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!

trail running
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

this was hard. the over 2000 steps really gets to you. the trail is well kep, clean and with plenty of signs. i was left gasping on a few ocasions. there are many water ponds and small falls along the creek. all beautiful. i only completed it one way this time, will try back and forth the next time.

Our favorite trail in Austin. No sounds of traffic, creeks, trees, beautiful. Lots of stairs though and therefore pretty tough. Take some water and food with you!

Great hike in November. Natural setting, and had perfect weather. Week of Thanksgiving so quite a few people out on trail, but not too crowded to enjoy. All the stairs provide some good exercise. Good place to do some warming up in Austin if prepping for a more serious hike.

Tough hike. Lots of stairs up . Local resident gave us a great tip when we arrived at the top of Canyon Trail. He suggested we walk back down the highway to the little fern trail instead of coming back down the trail in the same direction. Saved us more exhausting stairs and little fern is nice trail.

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