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River Place Nature Trail

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5.6 Miles 8.9 Kilometers

620' 189 m


-620' -189 m



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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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Mar 24, 2019
Alex Cyphus
Mar 10, 2019
Taylor Patti
10h 00m
Feb 23, 2019
Russell Bader
Feb 21, 2019
Mary Scott
Signs up saying that there will be a $10 per visitor charge starting March 2. Way too much for the regular hiker
Jan 12, 2019
Azucena Santes Agis
Jan 9, 2019
Erica Pallo
Boardwalk Kiosk onto Canyon Trail. Turned around at Panther Hollow Junction.
Dec 29, 2018
Sivaram Arabandi
Fun hike with my kids and dogs. Moderate difficulty. Well marked and easy to follow. 6mi
Dec 29, 2018
Matt Lynch

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Matt Seigel
Austin, TX
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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