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.
River Place Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press).
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