Ever wanted to escape the loudness of the city but didn't feel like driving all the way out into the Texas wilderness? Now you don't have to because there's a set of beautiful scenic trails in this Austin nature area that will transport you out of the city and into a tranquil forest. For a great time outdoors, you can head over for a good workout, a peaceful stroll, a splash in a waterfall, or all of the above.

The River Place Nature Trails are a local favorite among adventurous Austinites. There are three trails in the River Place Neighborhood — Panther Hollow, Little Fern, and Canyon.

All of the paths have different entrances but lead to the same converging point. You can explore through the trails all day or just stick to one at a time for a brisk workout.

The Canyon Trail is popular with those looking to build up a sweat since it has a lot of stairs to conquer and steep changes in elevation.

The other two trails are more relaxed and easy for hikers looking for a chill time rather than tons of cardio. You can bring your pups out to walk with you too!

There are various pools of clear, pretty water along the trails, some of which even feature their own mini waterfalls and trickling streams. One is named Serenity Pool, which perfectly describes how peaceful it is.

Walking along the long stretches of wooden stairs and pathways will make it feel like you're leaving the city and entering your own fairytale.

Lush green plants and trees surround the area, helping you stay out of the hot Texas sun.

There is a fallen tree that was accurately named Noggin' Knocker that visitors love taking photos on and under. It's the perfect tree to give a big hug to! 

All of the nature spot's trails are open for you to explore from dusk until dawn, Monday through Sunday.

There are different entrances to the trails, so check the River Place website for info on how to find each.

River Place Nature Trail

Price: Free

Address: Multiple entrances - 8820 Big View Dr., Austin, TX

Why You Need To Go: To feel like you've escaped the city without actually doing so. These lush natural trails will give you a breath of fresh air in the most stunning surroundings.


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