River Trail, Highlander, Half Bopp, Bat Cave, Drain Pipe, Acts of Faith, Sidewinder, California 56

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River Trail, Highlander, Half Bopp, Bat Cave, Drain Pipe, Acts of Faith, Sidewinder, California 56 is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Waco, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 659 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports


bird watching





wild flowers



Cameron Park is a fantastic system of trails used by mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers and walkers. Each trail is clearly labeled with a name and difficulty rating like that of ski slopes (Green, Blue, Black Diamond, Double Black Diamond), so you can easily pick the trails that are suitable for you. It is heavily visited but the size often lets you feel like the park is just for you. Recent renovations by the city of Waco have added restrooms, water fountains, eating areas, updated trail maps and activity guides. The park also has a full Frisbee golf course and multiple scenic areas overlooking the Brazos River.

1 month ago

Great trail once you get on it. The trail heads are not well marked. Kid friendly and shaded.

2 months ago

great trail can vary from one trail to another if you don't pay attention to the signs

This is a great trail. Second time doing it. One with my girlfriend and the second with my daughters. We had a blast both time. Great view!!!!

4 months ago

4 months ago

This is a very special trail. I was not able to follow the trail along the river all the way due to flooding but the rest of the trail was fantastic. You think when you go to a city park trail it is a walk in the "park", just leveled trimmed and wide. Not this one. I lost track of all the elevation changes and with out Alltrail I would have walked around in circles, there are 20 miles of trails and they constantly cross each other. And the views from the top of the cliffs are great.

Sun Jul 08 2018

Great park with nice scenery, close to downtown. The trails are great for all levels of mountain biking and trail running. Make sure you look at a map of the trails, it’s easy to get turned around.

mountain biking
Tue May 15 2018

Sun Jan 21 2018

Very pretty Hike on the trail along the river. Awesome views from Lovers Leap. Other trails a little confusing to follow and we spent some time going in circles but still a very nice hike.

Sat Jan 13 2018

Great park in city limits. You feel like you’re in the mountains in the heart of Texas.

Thu Dec 14 2017

great trails to hike and bike on

Mon Oct 09 2017

Such an unexpected part of central Texas. On the trails, you almost forget you’re in Texas altogether. The forest is beautiful, especially in the fall and during spring when the flowers are in bloom. The cliff overlooks on the Brazos River are neat, especially if you hike around the fencing. There are trails of all difficulty levels which are marked similarly to ski slopes, but make sure you have a trail map/picture of the trail map handy as it is easy to get lost! I highly recommend checking out the trails if you are in the Waco area, it is definitely worth it!

Fri Sep 01 2017

Thu Jul 27 2017

Low-Speed; High-Temp Trail Run. Cameron Park (Waco) OUT: California (♦) bypass down to Dead River (■); up to Sidewinder (■); bypass to Rio Perdido (■), down to Riverwalk (●). Proceeded to second clearing (+3 miles; +101°F). BACK: Second clearing, back on Riverwalk (●), up to MCC (●), across, up to Highlander (♦); across to Lover’s Leap Park, then down on Babbler (♦♦); up Bat Cave (♦♦) across to Baseball (■) to California (♦) bypass; then to graffiti tunnel (+3 miles; +104°F). TOTALS: Approx. 6.3 miles, (AllTrails). End temperature: 104°F; Fit-bit: 11,024

Wed May 17 2017

Absolutely love hiking Cameron Park! I always find different paths that I haven't taken before and the beautiful scenery is never disappointing!

Tue May 02 2017

Love walking at this park from Indian Springs park. Never a dull moment.

Wed Mar 22 2017

Cameron Park in Waco is just beautiful. Lots of picnic areas with clean restrooms. Too many awesome trails to list. We enjoyed Jacobs Ladder, Lovers Leap and the many trails following the river. A lovely place and super sweet people!

Tue Feb 14 2017

Very well kempt, many trails, well marked, hills, river walk, trees, bamboo groves, an urban oasis.

Wed Dec 21 2016

Great trails, easy to get lost but getting lost means you can drop into a neighborhood. most trails are well marked, others are a little less visible. Great terrain, some areas get a little challenging but worth it.

Wed Nov 02 2016

Great place to ride for beginners and for the extreme.

Fri Oct 14 2016

Trails are well maintained. Wide variety of terrains.

Fri Sep 23 2016

I ran the river trail from east to west and back. I estimate 5.5 miles. Pretty cliffs. Flat not too flat. Can't get lost. River was pretty. Saw a few boats. Mostly shady.

Sat Sep 17 2016

I used to think this was a 5 star hike before I actually started hiking elsewhere in America. Never the less, it takes nothing away from the trail. I really like it! there are a ton of different variations you can mix and match.

Mon Sep 05 2016

Good enough to drive 70 miles, we love it, well maintained, well marked, even plotted on Google Maps if you loose your bearings. Many levels, from easy riverside strolling to heart pounding hills. Big enough to enjoy nature, traveled enough to feel safe. Multiple visits and we are still discovering.

Sun Jul 31 2016

We had an enjoyable Sunday afternoon hike. It was well worth the drive up from G-Town. We'll be doing these trails again.

mountain biking
Sun May 29 2016

This is a fantastic park. Don't let the easy rating fool you. Too many trails out there to enjoy in one day. Shred it

mountain biking
Thu Feb 11 2016

Tough cardio! Love it though.

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