Oxbow Nature Study Area Nature Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Reno, Nevada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.8 miles
13 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




no dogs

1 month ago

No dogs allowed. :-(

The Oxbow Nature trail is a good loop for a work break, lunch, or time after work.
It is about 20 minutes if you take back the path along the railroad.
Beautiful fall colors of the cottonwoods, combined with sunshine and a river, make it a peaceful pleasant autumn family spot.
One word of caution: I tried the path back along the railroad, and it dead ended right next to the parking lot, but a gate was closed. I managed to squeeze through the small gap, but some people may not.
In the future I will just take the same route back along the river. It's more scenic anyway.
- Mike Cutler, trail blogger, earthtrekgear

6 months ago

did this with my 1 year old walking by himself. We love the different scenery in the trail. Walk next to the river the first half and a stroll through the trees that the blue jays just love! Love all the birds. Close to the freeway, but can hardly hear it while on the trail.

7 months ago

It’s absolutely beautiful here right now. The ducks are nesting, the plants are coming back to life, the river is flowing, and the trails are dry. Super easy little nature walk, nice way to catch some fresh air on your lunch break!

8 months ago

Nice area to explore in town. With the river so close, it drowns out most of the city sounds. Lots of wildlife with different birds and animal tracks. Will probably be prettier in late spring and summer months when everything is green. Lots of signs saying no dogs.

9 months ago

Great easy spot to go walking with young kids, brand new viewing area that has been installed since the flooding, has some great song birds. Train is nearby, if you’re looking to totally ditch the city noises that will be the main thing that interrupts, but for my kids that was just icing on the cake at the end of our walk. We’ll definitely do again.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

i love this spot for what it is, but I would not really call it a hike. It's more of a nice walk or a place to have a quiet lunch.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

4/1/2017 - Disappointing- closed!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Closed at 3pm. Must be due to the rains.

Friday, January 13, 2017

This weekend due to all of the rain there was no trail to be seen. Everything was flooded! It was still fun to try and explore the area as much as we could. The "glassy pond" was more like a flowing river! We did get to see some snow flurries while we were there which was really cool.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

It was a nice easy walk. We watched the ducks and geese. We were lucky enough to be able to watch two trains go by. It wasn't very busy. The signs warned that the gates would be closed at certain times. We believe they forgot one of the gates to leave open when we went, so we had to backtrack to get back to the vehicle (we were there two hours before they were to close). The one gate being closed was the only thing that was negative for us.

nature trips
Sunday, July 17, 2016

So nice. Took my younger siblings and they loved it! it's not very difficult so we just walked and explored the area. There are a few different paths to take but they all lead in the same general area and depending on which you go down, it can be more marshland or vegetation and small man-made structures. Is a nice place for runs, jogs, and simple nature walks.

Monday, April 18, 2016

great trail

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Beautiful trail. Fun for any age.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

closes at 4 and your car will be towed but not to bad.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

A perfect place to escape the city, especially during the summer where there's lots of shady areas to walk here

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Great little stroll for small kids or just a quick getaway. Pretty scenery.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Great place in town to take the kids for a picnic.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Great trail. Especially for kiddos. We saw deer, rabbit, duck, and many birds. Daughter absolutely loved it, and I had fun too.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flat maintained trail. Introducing my 3 year old to hiking, he loved it! Trail does have small pond and goes next to the river. Good small child trail.

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