River Place Nature Trail Upper Section

MODERATE 35 reviews

River Place Nature Trail Upper Section is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
8 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.

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22 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with elevation change. Very crowded on Sunday afternoon. Lots of dogs on leashes, but a fe owners weren’t picking up after their pets. Narrow trails.

hiking
2 months ago

While in Austin (I live in San Antonio), I make it a point to get to this upper-moderate level trail, especially when it has recently rained so the creeks are flowing nicely. Just hiked it for the fifth time on 11/11. Beautiful trail, great workout, lots of stairs. A solid liter of water will do you just fine unless it’s summer. It’s short but you can squeeze 3-4 miles out of the whole trail system. A true gem just 25 minutes from downtown ATX.

2 months ago

Great trail to power through. Stair climbs really got the heart rate pumping.

7 months ago

Great hike! Sweet surprise...

trail running
9 months ago

Technical trail, lots of rocks, roots and stairs on stairs on stairs! Beautiful. The river was dry so no waterfall but still gorgeous.
plenty of people on the trail during the week. I felt safe running alone.
Bring water!
There is no turn around point for the shorter trail. The trail is well marked with signs every .25 miles

hiking
10 months ago

Stairs and more stairs. Great place to train for our upcoming JMT hike. Trekking poles were not a bad idea.

hiking
11 months ago

I love this trail. I'd call it difficult and not moderate, if I compare it to other moderate trails.

It's pretty and is a great getaway in an urban area.

hiking
Friday, January 05, 2018

I did this hike a while back in 2016. Loved the scenery, a decked out pond at beginning with a small shaded river running through bottom of mountain. The climb gets real so I just went from the bottom to the top where it comes out on River Pace Blvd.

hiking
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Narrow trail with lots of up and down steps. It can get pretty busy on the weekends, but some nice views and some wet weather creeks. The creeks were dry when we went today, but it was still a nice trail. Lots of people brought their dogs on leashes. I wouldn't classify this trail as "easy" either. This should be a "moderate" at least. It is a good workout though for a short trail.

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