River Place Nature Trail

Travis County, Texas

Elevation Gain1,306ft
Trailhead Elevation916ft
Elevation Min/Max516/916ft
Elevation Start/End916/916ft

River Place Nature Trail

River Place Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Travis County, Texas. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 916 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,306 feet.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy
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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." Read more

River Place Nature Trail Reviews

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What a hidden treasure for hikers in the Austin area! I would absolutely hike this trail again the next time I visit Austin. It's an awesome trail for a great workout -- the elevation change and the roughly 6-mile round trip make this a pretty great trail for training. You hike through a surprisingly lush forest and and the scenery is absolutely beautiful--there are some nice overlooks of the city, too. It get progressively steeper with long runs of stairs winding through the forest along a little creek. The creek is lovely and there are several small waterfalls that empty into pools with little tadpoles and fish. The path itself is mostly rock and packed dirt. There are a few small creek crossings that are wet, but there's no rock scrambling or particularly tricky areas that will challenge your footing, just a lot of stairs. It's probably best to hike this trail early in the morning to avoid the crowds (it is a very popular trail -- don't expect much solitude or serenity), and the heat. Most of the trail is well shaded but bring plenty of water because it can get extremely hot.

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Trail Information

Travis County
Nearby City
Local Contacts
On information board at trailhead and downloadable via QR code
Local Maps

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Dec 2018