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Riverbottom Trail



3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 221' 67 m
Descent: -218' -66 m
High: 651' 198 m
Low: 604' 184 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)


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The Riverbottom Trail follows along the marshes and Clear Fork of the Trinity River.

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is an easy and well-marked trail.

Refuge Hours:
Winter (Oct-Apr) 8 AM - 5 PM
Summer Weekdays (May-Sept) 7 AM - 5 PM
Summer Weekends (May-Sept) 7 AM - 7 PM

Hardwicke Interpretive Center
Open Year Round from 9 AM - 4:30 PM

$5 Adults (13-64)
$2 Children (3-12, under 3 FREE)
$3 Seniors (65+)
$1 Discount per person (with Military ID-Active/Retired)


The Riverbottom Trail will allow you to hike alongside the West Fork of the Trinity River. Along this trail, you'll get great views of the water and birds that frequent the waters such as Great Egret, Great Blue Heron and woodpeckers high in the trees. During winter, the waters are filled with migrating ducks, American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants. Evidence of beaver can be found along the trail with gnawed trees and current and former beaver lodges. The trail is mostly smooth, with some sandy sections. Its under the cover of trees for the most part, with some sections that go through prairie.

Flora & Fauna

Poison Ivy present alongside many parts of the trail. Birds such as Great Egret, Great Blue Herons, woodpeckers, ducks, American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants. Evidence of beaver can be seen in the area as well.

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Dec 18, 2018
Jason Godwin
Trails are in excellent condition: dry and well maintained. 5mi — 2h 30m
Aug 27, 2018
jonathan winnett
May 24, 2017
Liz Bird
Hiked Canyon Ridge trail. Lots of elevation changes, very wooded through most trail. Beautiful! And dogs are welcome!

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284 Since Mar 22, 2017



Enjoy a pleasant view of the river right from the trail.
Mar 22, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Where the eastern portion of Riverbottom Trail joins the western portion, enjoy a view of the water and an abundance of waterfowl.
Mar 23, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Yucca plants hug the trail.
Mar 22, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
The Forked Tail Creek Trail offers a pleasant experience hiking through dense undergrowth.
Mar 9, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Limestone ledges make for good hiking and scenery. Watch your step!
Jan 30, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Numerous park benches let you sit and rest during a long hike in the woods.
Mar 23, 2017 near Lakeside, TX


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