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River Place Nature Trail

 4.6 (38)


5.6 Miles 8.9 Kilometers

620' 189 m


-620' -189 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (13°)

915' 279 m


513' 156 m


Shared By Eric Ashley


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A creekside out-and-back hike that heads through a peaceful hollow.

Eric Ashley

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy exploring around the creek. Just plan on turning around before their energy evaporates from climbing all the stairs.


This beautiful gem invites visitors to quickly connect with nature. Locals love it for its beautiful scenery and enveloping tranquility. Although the trail isn't too technical, its steady climbs, rolling terrain, and countless stairs make it an endeavor.

If your party isn't up to the full adventure, it's easy to head back at any point.

Need to Know

The narrowness of the trail can involve frequent pauses to allow other groups to pass. As such, try to be courteous and give uphill traffic the right of way.


Park at either the nearby Woodland Park or curb-side at the trailhead. Look for the "Boardwalk" sign at the start of the Panther Hollow Trail and proceed around the retention pond to where the singletrack begins off the boardwalk.

Panther Hollow Trail is brief, and its super-mellow climb soon ends in a 3-way intersection with the Canyon Trail and Little Fern Trail. Keep straight onto the Canyon Trail, where the stairs and steep side-slopes begin in earnest. As you travel along the trail, the charming gurgle of Panther Hollow Creek is sure to brighten your surroundings, meanwhile its deep water provides a few wading spots along the way. To top it all off, interesting nearby rock faces help to complete this truly beautiful scene.

The latter part of the hike is almost completely covered in low trees that bring welcome shade as the elevation jumps up and down. Near its end, the trail climbs out of the hollow to the turnaround spot at River Place Boulevard.


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Aug 26, 2018
Jesse Allen
2x out and back. Ran out of water just before 10miles. Started with 2.5 liters. 11.2mi
Jul 15, 2018
Jessica May
May 27, 2018
Tracy Do
May 19, 2018
May 10, 2018
Jan More
The hike is wonderful and very well maintained. It's a great place to get practice going up and down stairs! 5.6mi — 2h 40m
Apr 8, 2018
Kandice Klumb
1 mile in is a great spot to picnic, hammock, read by the water 5.5mi
Mar 31, 2018
Daniel V
Feb 2, 2018
Cheryl Dillin
This trail is nice and wooded with some areas of full sun, but much more shade. It has around 1500 steps up and 1500 down.

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  4.6 from 38 votes


  4.6 from 38 votes
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Matt Seigel
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Matt Seigel   Austin, TX
Based on the altimeter data I gathered hiking this trail with a Fenix 3 HR it is 1079ft of elevation gain total. Great trail! Feb 2, 2017

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