Explore the most popular paddle sports trails in Texas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike... a little busy... we are baby boomers in 50ies and 60ies and made in in. 2 1/2 hours... do doable if de entry fit... we also started at bottom
And walked up and back... well marked but no restroom or potable water... so be prepared

Great hiking in Austin!!

45-minutes from north Ft Worth, it's our go-to when we don't have time to go too far, but want a nice walk. Sure it gets busy during the summer months because it is shaded, but it's well worth the time. We take our dachshunds and they have a great time.

It’s a tough one. We did it last Saturday and took us 3 hours to bottom and then back up. 5 miles of hiking. Great leg workout!

3-16-18 Center and Refuge is open, only the West Riverbottom trail is closed. It is a nice place to hike, close to the city. It's Texas scenery so, nothing fabulous. Couldn't find any prairie dogs, but the bison are easily viewed.

Nice clean trail. Kid and pet friendly. There were. Lot of bike riders, but they were all friendly and gave warnings when passing.

Well-kept, varied terrain & elevation, scenic trail in the middle of a suburb. Would give it a 5 but very crowded at noon on a weekday—of course, that’s a sign of its popularity, so just the price to pay for a good hike.

Very busy loop. An urban trail at best.

Beautiful scenery. Beaver dam and natural spring. Path was pretty wet which slowed us down a bit.

10 days ago

Nice, easier, clean trail to practice packing on

11 days ago

Straight forward "hike" with lots of human traffic. Went towards the afternoon and the sunset over the lake was amazing! Lots of dogs on this "trail" so be careful with their byproducts if ya know what I mean. There are bicyclists as well so try not to get run over by them.

All in all, pretty easy and chill "hike".

Randomly stopped in Galveston along my road trip and found this little state park. Park is well taken care of with wide trails that are mown, bridges across water, and raised platforms for watching. Lots of birds of various species.

trail running
14 days ago

Awesome trail for elevation change, also the views there are spectacular.

Enjoyed the hike. It was a bit busy when I went; however, the trail was very clean.

One of the hardest trails I've done in Austin. None of the stairs are brutal, but there are so many! Would definitely recommend you start at the end with the pond so you can have downhill on the way back.

Great little hike! You feel you are out in the woods even though the lake is in town. I do this pretty often and recommend it!

fun trail, tons of stairs

This park is worth the $5 entry fee, plenty of parking areas and staff is courteous. Park attendants drive around the park as well. This park also has the best sunset views on the lake! The snack shop at the park has drinks, ice cream, chips and other snacks. There are Guided Hiking Tours available at the Rockledge Park store. The hiking tour was great! I learned a lot about the local history and wildlife on the tour. This is the number I called to reserve my spot for the tour, 817-454-1058.

Great Trail in the Greater Austin area. I parked at the bottom and did the out and back trail, a little over 6 miles according to the signage. Starts out easy, but definitely increases in difficulty closer to the upper trail head. 2,736 steps is no joke. For once the way back down felt a little easier than going up! Took me about 2:40 round trip. (That is with a rest at the top and a few photo ops along the way). Enjoy!

This was a scenic trail that ran along side a river for half the trail and then went up some texas hills. Starting from the bottom, the trail was pretty easy (although muddy from rain) until about halfway when the incline increased to fairly difficult (lots of steps) til the top. This trail took two hours up and back and with a snack break, being a fairly athletic person with a quick pace.

Moderately trafficked? Not on the weekends. Everyone lives white rock lake.

pretty busy in nice weather, but lovely trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome once again. Will keep coming back.

This is an easy loop trail that gives a few nice views and solitude. Family friendly.

Amazing! Coming back to do it again!

really fun trail and well maintained with lots of stairs. It was great for the dog too, but I was bothered by the number of dogs off leash - I counted 18. Minus one star for crowd and off leash dogs, but I still recommend!

1 month ago

I give this a high mark for cleanliness and just overall beauty. No challenge here, just a pretty walk and some great flora and fauna. The park in general is very peaceful and just an awesome place.

1 month ago

First time on this lovely trail today. Harder than most trails I have been on in the greater Austin area due to the elevation gain and frequent log stairs that require longer strides. I noticed some hikers on the trail using trekking poles which could be helpful especially for the 40 yr. old plus hikers like me. Overall a well maintained trail and perfect for fitness training. It is possible to make it a Loop by doing a short road walk at the end heading back toward to the nature trail entrance which reconnects to the main trail.

Nice paved trail with a path large enough to accommodate safe passing on bicycles.

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