Hike the Riverplace Nature Trail



5.5 miles

Elevation Gain

820 ft

Route Type


Added by The Outbound Collective

This 3.5 mile hike with 1800 feet of elevation gain makes for a great workout close to town.

This is a great trail to get some exercise close to downtown Austin, Texas. The trail at Natural Preserve at River Place is well maintained and has a stairs and plenty of elevation gain to make your legs a little wobbly by the time you get back to your car. The trail is a 5.5 mile out-and-back hike, but you can turn around and head back to your starting point if this distance is more than you'd like to tackle. 

Be sure to bring plenty of water as this trail can get hot in the warmer months. And keep in mind that this is an out-and-back hike, so you'll have to put in the hard work on the way back as well.

This trail is dog friendly. Please keep your dogs on-leash. 

Keep in mind, there are $ fees per hiker to access this location. 

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🥇Top Contributor

7 months ago

Great Hiking Trail

This was a peaceful and beautiful hike. When the creek is flowing there are several beautiful springs along the trail. It also makes for a decent exercise and is mostly shaded! Due to the virus and drought, it hasn't been that popular of a trail as it usually is. There is also no entrance fee currently.

Great trail with a fee

This is a really great trail but they recently started charging. It’s $10 per person & an additional $10 per dog. It’s outrageous but my guess is they’re trying to ween out the public. It’s in a private neighborhood.

Great Day Hike

This was a great find, we found through this website. Some of the details were misleading, but we tried it anyway. There are two entrances, one at the top and one at the bottom. We started at the bottom and headed north. It was easy for about the first mile and a half, then you come to a lot of stairs. A LOT. We went about 4 miles and did it as an in and out. (see attached picture) It took us about hour and a half.

Wonderful Secret

Easily my favorite trail in Austin. Get there early though! It gets crowded. I would show up 7-730 am.

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almost 5 years ago

Great Little Trail

Nice neighborhood trail, the little fern offshoot was very pretty. My dog loved all the swimming opportunities closer to the trailhead. If you're looking for a secluded hike this probably isn't your best bet, we saw many other trail runners, hikers and pups on a Saturday morning.

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