A part of a five hundred acre mid-city park system, I have hiked the Cameron Park Trails for several years. They are great in my opinion, varying from easy, no sweat and totally enjoyable, to "you can break your leg", which I did, or "ride your bike down a near drop-off, fifty foot ravine", which several friends of mine have done.
The River Trail runs right beside the Brazos River which runs straight through downtown Waco. This trail is perfect for those out for an easy walk beside one hundred plus foot high cliffs, through gently rolling terrain covered with heavy woods, beside one of Texas' most storied rivers.
The Highlander Trail, in my opinion the system's most demanding and difficult trail, rises from near the northern end of the River Trail, just beyond the confluence of the Bosque and Brazos Rivers. This is my favorite trail of them all, but it is also the trail on which I broke my leg two years ago in a fall after hitting some dry, very slippery (roller bearing) dirt. Broken leg or not, the Highlander is the place to be. It leads upward dramatically beside a deep, beautiful, and tree filled ravine to the summit of the escarpment, probably one hundred feet above. You are climbing all the way. Once there, I drop back down on Hale-Bopp to the lower levels and one of the other numerous trails.
In all, there are fifteen to twenty miles of great trails that twist, wind, dip and rise through the hills, ravines and small valleys of Cameron Park. All are good for someone, but each trail is not good for everyone. You have to know your limits. If you are not in shape, do not try the Highlander. There are multiple trails, all of varying skill levels. There is one for everyone. My suggest is come, bring your best hiking shoes, your bike and whatever else you will need for hiking and biking, and have a great time. Cameron Park trial are a great place to have fun while getting into better shape!!
Harold Ray Emerson, D.V.M.