Riverplace Nature Trail

MODERATE 1141 reviews

Riverplace Nature Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall 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: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 823 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: Effective March 2019, there will be a $10 fee per day per hiker and $10 fee per animal per day. 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.

hiking
15 minutes ago

$10 per person and pet is pretty pricey, regardless of the type of scenery around. for a family of 4 and a dog it would be $50 to walk around? no thank you.

hiking
18 hours ago

This is probably the only/most challenging hike in Austin. You’ll work up a small sweat but it’s worth the climb. There are nice wooded areas and plenty of wildlife to see. This area can have heavy foot traffic at times (beware suburban moms on their phones). Overall a beautiful and well-maintained trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Park your car and change clothes in the restrooms in the park above the trail in the neighborhood. They also have water fountains to fill up your bottles in this park. Be careful with sharp steel extensions on some wooden stairs along the trail.

Probably the best trail in Austin. This trail system is made up of three trails; Canyon, Little Fern, and Panther. Canyon is the most difficult with lots of stairs. The first mile is probably the most difficult section. The entire trail system is shaded. From Cayon you start in cedar trees and work your way up and down primative stairs to the bottom of the canyon. From there you follow a stream to the junction of the 3 trails. Fern would be a nice beginner trail; there are not too many stairs but you still get to see a few small waterfalls and nice rock formations. Panther is an easy trail with little elevation change. Panther starts at a small lake and is basically a forest trail that follows a small stream. All of the trails are in and out. I completed all 3 trails this morning in 2 hrs and 20 minutes with no stops. I completed Canyon and Little Fern with my 3 kids about a month ago. They are 11, 8, and 7. It was tough for them but they made it. We try to do a small hike every month or two. There is usually someone at the entrance of the trails that charge $10 for anyone over 12 and dogs. No charge for young children.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail! We only attempted the Little Elm portion but will be back! FYI you have to pay $10 per person if you go during peak times of the year. We were told on the weekends now from 7-3 you will be charged.

30 days ago

this trail has a hand written sign and a guard, $10 per person to hike...

a beautiful Trail I'll be back

hiking
1 month ago

It’s one of my fave trails that I went several times bcz it’s challenging w/ many stairs (2,736 built-in steps one way). Great workout for butt & thighs. I use trekking poles bcz it has rocks and uneven ground. Great shade. I like going there early in the am before it gets crowded and to avoid being charged $10 which is ridiculous! Austin Recreation & Parks normally doesn’t charge us for trail walking That’s why I rate this w/ 4 stars ($10!).

hiking
1 month ago

What a great introduction to hiking in Austin!! Love this place. We only saw maybe 6 people total in the 3 hrs it took us to do this round trip hike. Amazing weather too!!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Pros (and general observations): Probably the most elevation change you'll get inside the city. Lots of stairs and shade, and also some water crossings. Sections of the trail also get pretty narrow. As the description states, it's an out and back trail, so be prepared to either go back the way you came or cut through the neighborhood; I usually opt for the former, and that round trip generally takes me 1h50m. Note that the trail gets pretty muddy after rain, and bring lots of water! 2.5-3 L is sufficient for me on a pretty hot day, but your mileage may vary. Cons: The $10 fee per person, per animal is ridiculous. They started off enforcing the fee just on weekends 8a-4p but have since extended it to Friday afternoons 2p-6p and just recently - literally days after Memorial Day - to holidays as well. If you're considering going before/after these windows, I would make sure to double-check their website, in case they change anything.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail but those stairs are no joke! I started from River Park which I think is technically backwards but I liked it that way..:most of the stairs are towards the other end...the way I did it you have a nice warm up and cool down and then the killer stairs are in the middle :) my dog loved it too. The water was high so it was unavoidable to walk straight through the water at times..the crossing stones didn’t even really help...so decent hiking shoes are a must. I am definitely going to frame or canvas some of the pictures I took. This trail is truly beautiful and a great workout. Will definitely come back!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite in Austin because it has lots of hills and water for most of the lower part of the trail. any other trail in Austin please pay attention for wildlife especially coral snakes and copperheads. This is not a public trail! They do charge a fee but it's reasonable for what you get IMHO. Most of the trail is covered although some of the upper portion especially during the summer time can be well exposed. This trail is well maintained and has great elevation for the area.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Easy trail for someone used to hiking elevated areas. My 7 year old and i did it with no problems. Watch out for spiderwebs and snakes. Saw cool turtles and slippers in the water. You can avoid the fee by starting after dawn and before 8

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely loved it! Be prepared for the stairs... lots of them. Take plenty of water! If you like being in nature... hearing birds chirping... brooks babbling ... soft dirt trails... and stairs... then do not hesitate. $10 charge was worth it. Took me a little over 2 hours to hike.

2 months ago

I love this trail! lots of stairs great for interval training especially during the week when it's less crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Note that this trail now requires a payment of $10 per adult and pet for non residents.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the trail but for the charge per person!

hiking
2 months ago

Tucked into the hills of Westlake mansions is this beautiful and well maintained trail. As far as Austin trails go, this was challenging. The only drawback was occasionally hearing loud obnoxious men golfing and gabbing on the golf course that butts up against the property. Once you get past them the trail is lovely. They don’t charge during the week so we took a day off and went on a Friday and there was hardly anyone out there. Definitely bring lots of water and a snack.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail, not for the faint of heart. My watch said we did 59 sets of stairs. A great hike for those in shape, just remember to bring some water and a snack to chew on. This was my first altitude change hike in Austin, and I enjoyed it. Great view at the top, worth the $10 per person(although I did not have to pay it this time) Will so this hike again occasionally.

hiking
3 months ago

stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs stairs

3 months ago

Not worth the poor person fee.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, got the heart rate up, especially on the way back to the trailhead. Did the other two smaller hikes at the park (at the turnaround point of the canyon hike) for a total of 7.5 miles. Went on Friday and didn’t have to pay $10, one of the locals I spoke with thinks that only applies on weekends.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it!!! I'm a bit out of shape so my heart rate monitor registered at 180 BPM several times but it was definitely a great workout!!! Went from pond to end of trail and it registered 4.4 miles so not sure how it's only marked at 5.5 roundtrip. Recommend!!!

hiking
3 months ago

I love this trail. The scenery is peaceful. Lots of trees. About 3 hour hike going up and down. There's an alternate way available for those that don't want to complete the full hike. Very upsetting to know they are charging $10 per person, should be more like $5. But very grateful to have enjoyed this trail a couple of times before they started charging.

hiking
3 months ago

The view was ruined by development in the area and the trail was way to thin for people to walk both ways. My knees were killing me afterwards because because the whole trail was built with man made steps.

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun! Kinda wet in places. Not worth the eventual $10 access to nonresidents though.

hiking
3 months ago

Congratulations on keeping out the riff raff and their pets. I’ve donated multiple times while there, but the exhorbitant fee for every warm body on the trail means I will find more friendly places elsewhere even though I used to love this trail

hiking
4 months ago

Big oof

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