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The River Place LD trail system consists of three trails:

  • Panther Hollow Trail
  • Little Fern Trail
  • Canyon Trail

The trail is about 6 miles from beginning to end and back. If you haven’t ventured out to this beautiful trail, be prepared for an extensive hike. 

Hikers all around Austin enjoy the many elevation scales, along with the 2,763 steps one way on the 3 mile section of the trail. Before you start your adventure, be sure to look over our trail rules below to ensure the safety of all. 

​Updated trail rule text is available here.

  • $10 fee per hiker  will be assessed to use the trail on Saturdays and Sundays until 3:00 p.m. and on weekday holidays as applicable. Trail hours are subject to change without notice. Attendants will be located at trail heads to accept credit card payments in person - no online payments will be accepted. NO CASH ACCEPTED.
  • Trail access is free outside these hours.
  • Children 12 and under with an adult may walk the trail for free. 
  • Limited District residents and their guests (up to 5) are free with a Residential ID.
  • Hikers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • All pets must be leashed on a lead 6 feet or less and pets must be under owner control at all times.
  • Hikers and pets are not allowed off-trail.
  • ​Boy Scout groups may access the trail after 4:00 p.m., seven days a week, without charge.
  • Residents of the River Place HOA who are not part of the Limited District may obtain an annual pass for $400.00. Please contact for details.

Map provided by Friends of River Place Trail.

Learn more at their website: 

River Place LD Trail Rules

The River Place LD hopes you enjoy our trail. We appreciate you observing the following rules while on the trail:

  1. Remain on the trail at all times
  2. Do not leave any trash
  3. Dogs must remain leashed
  4. Remove all dog waste from the trail

Please also note:

  • This trail is not a looped trail.  It is  approximately 3 miles from beginning to end one way.
  • There is no water provided on the trail, please ensure you have water before you begin your hike.
  • Hike at your own risk. Beware of fallen trees and slick paths


A Message from the River Place Board

Thank you for your comments and questions. The Limited District's goal is to ensure the long term sustainability and safety of all the green spaces in the district. Because the Limited District’s Board of Directors is a governmental entity and therefore subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act, we are limited as to the time and manner in which we can discuss district business. However, the Board is planning regular reviews and continued discussions of a suggested annual pass, volunteer in exchange for pass and other positive community feedback. Meetings and agendas are posted on the website for River Place Limited District.  Any decisions regarding the trail fee program will be communicated at the web site.  


To receive a Resident Access Card:

Complete your residential card application and e-mail the form to; up to 2 residential cards will be sent to you once your application is verified.



River Place LD Trails

Picture of River Place Sign at the entrance of the communityPicture of the fountain at the Boardwalk PondPhotograph of Board President, Pat ReillyPhotograph of Board Vice President, Art JistelPhotograph of Board Treasurer Lee WretlindPhotograph of Board Secretary Scott CrosbyPhotograph of Board Assistant Treasurer/Secretary Claudia TobiasImage of River Place LogoPhotograph of River Place landscape from overlookPhotograph of Panther Hollow BridgePhotograph of park bench near Panther Hollow CreekPDF image of recycling scheduleImage of trash can in parkPhotograph of log along trailPhotograph of Sun Tree Park sign