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Riverplace Nature Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 823 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Fee

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There is a $10 fee per day per hiker and $10 fee per day per animal. Credit Card Payments only. Children 12 and under with an adult are free. Great trail with tons of stairs. Even more challenging if you park at the park at the bottom of the neighborhood and run up all the hill, however this is not for the light of heart. Well groomed and plenty of shade. Some cool lookout points along the way. Nothing crazy spectacular but a nice afternoon hike.

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Reviews (1951)
Photos (855)
Recordings (1626)
Completed (2757)
Kiley Easterling
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Roxanne Reed
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Hiking

Much more challenging than we thought! A good way to find out if your ready for a longer hike or not.

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Sagar Mehta
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eric robbins
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Hiking

many many stairs. fairly tough for first timers. will prepare you for bigger hikes like rocky mountains

Ashley Laughlin
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Probably the best uphill stairs climb in Austin!

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Carrie G.
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Butt buster

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Jessie Tijerina
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Hiking

Great trail

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Christian Perry
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Wonderful trail. Went on Friday and did not have to pay the $10. I would personally rate the difficulty as moderate it’s not “hard”. Ran the majority of the trail while holding my camera gear in one hand so it’s nothing too difficult. Just watch out for snakes and I’d recommend the trail if you’re training for the Grand Canyon or Hawaii hikes.

crystal bowers
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$10 entry fee. Loved the stairs. Parts of this trail are VERY narrow (mainly at the beginning). If you’re a strong hiker/runner be sure to do this one early to avoid getting stuck behind people. this hike brought back memories of hiking through the rain forest in Costa Rica. Very green and beautiful. Parking is along the street. Great workout and will be back!

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Randy Gonzalez
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Hiking

Excellent trail!!! Love the physical intensity provided by all the ascents & descents. Will def be back for more. $10 entry fee on weekends from 0700 - ??? Unknown if there is an entry fee on weekdays. Happy hiking to all!

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Angela Brinkley
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Outdoor stair master galore

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Crystal Lillard
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Very hard! Bring lots of water!!

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Marvellous Eze
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Bruh this trail is not a joke at all

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Deleyla Roya
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Beautiful trail. Highly suggest getting out there as early as possible. By 7:30 it was pretty packed, by 8:45, I was having to stop every couple of minutes to let someone pass.

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Sophie Forman
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Hiking

Those stairs!!!! Wow. I’d say the toughest hike I’ve done around Austin. But honestly not worth the $10 to pay on a weekend to go.

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Calais Zagarow
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FUN. But hard. Bring lots of water for you and your pups.

Amber P
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Snakes: I've seen 1-2 copperheads the last two trips out. Another hiker who lived in the area said it was a 'bumper crop' of them this year. I see them around mile 1.8-1.9, before climbing after the second flat portion. Watch your step, especially if stepping off trail! They blend in really well with the cedar 'leaves/needles'. No flowing water at the moment, plan ahead for your pups. Saw several thick coated dogs today who seemed to be suffering. One water hole of stagnant water is left at the Serenity Pool.

Tia Herman
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I had read that folks used this to train for mountain hikes, and since I’m climbing Guadalupe peak in a few weeks, I wanted to give it a go. I saw that it was rated as hard, and y’all I’ve done some difficult hikes before, but this WAS really hard. I had to mentally fight with myself to keep going. And granted I did this when it was 105 out, but- dude somewhere around mile 2 I was really questioning my strength. I took a lot of breaks, drank a gallon of water in all, and completed it. And my calves are still killing me two days later. It’s rare that a hike leaves me feeling sore. I love it.

Andrew Kovalenko
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Best we’ve found so far in Austin! Have done this one a number of times. It’s a good workout and is usually pretty crowded

Wendy Nguyen
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The most beautiful and challenging hike we have done. Definitely recommend this hike when you’re in Austin / Texas. We were “dead” at the end because of the heat and elevation.

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Juan Llerena
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Very hard and long walk!!!

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Va Dine
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Enjoyed the challenge of this trail. It’s a lot of incline and steps and mostly shaded. Gave my knees quite the workout.

Beth K
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Definitely a challenging but pretty hike hike. We went around 10am on a Saturday and it was pretty crowded, but most people were good at waiting to let others go through a narrow path. Maybe 50% of hikers were wearing masks despite the crowd.

Jennifer Sullivan
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Nice and shaded but those hills . No water on the part we hiked, but it is mid-July. Not horribly busy for a Wednesday mid-day. Dogs on leashes for the most part.

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Ginny Liesman
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Tough hike with all the stairs, but grateful for all of the shade. Arrived mid-afternoon on a weekday and avoided the fee. Trail wasn’t very busy- other hikers were friendly and respected social distancing.

Danika S.
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This is a great Austin local spot! It’s in the middle of a neighborhood, which makes it VERY popular. The trail is narrow, so we constantly had to stop to let people pass. It had just rained, so it was super slippery on all the stairs. Almost the entire trail is stairs. Incline changes constantly, so it doesn’t matter which end you choose to start. You can also walk through the neighborhood if you want to turn the walk into a loop. Distance came out similar for us. We completed this trail before visitors were required to pay. Parking is available, but cars literally line the streets as early as 8am. I would recommend getting there early if you want a peaceful walk.

Alex Ochman
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kicks butt. stairs stairs and more stairs.

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Lettie Odom
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Abimbola Nofiu
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trail is nice, good elevation. easy to follow. overall I enjoyed it

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