River Place Nature Trail

Austin, Texas

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Urban planning at its best, this rugged hike down the deep Panther Hollow Creek canyon is getting a great reputation, thanks to its mix of accessibility, natural beauty, and technical challenge. Reopened in 2014 after some squabbling between the River Place MUD, the city of Austin, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this well-maintained and increasingly popular trail is some of the best hiking in Austin for those who like a little challenge with their nature. It might be better named the Trail of a Thousand Steps because the first mile of the hike goes up and down countless steep stairs. Overall the first section drops down 300 feet through wild ravines and cedar breaks into the Panther Hollow valley. Apparently the creek got its name because ranchers kept finding dead goats in a hollow, though no one ever saw a panther or mountain lion.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin

by Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Urban planning at its best, this rugged hike down the deep Panther Hollow Creek canyon is getting a great reputation, thanks to its mix of accessibility, natural beauty, and technical challenge.

Reopened in 2014 after some squabbling between the River Place MUD, the city of Austin, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this well-maintained and increasingly popular trail is some of the best hiking in Austin for those who like a little challenge with their nature. It might be better named the Trail of a Thousand Steps because the first mile of the hike goes up and down countless steep stairs. Overall the first section drops down 300 feet through wild ravines and cedar breaks into the Panther Hollow valley. Apparently the creek got its name because ranchers kept finding dead goats in a hollow, though no one ever saw a panther or mountain lion.

© 2017 Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Daily, sunrise–sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 900 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: 512-246-0498; riverplacehoa.org/mud
Local Maps: On information board at trailhead and downloadable via QR code
Driving Directions: Directions to River Place Nature Trail

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