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Rice University Trail

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Address: Houston, TX
Activities: Running
Description: 3-mile running path around the Rice University campus.

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Watch for the roots

This is a nice running or walking trail. There are occasional cyclists as well, but the runners generally make them unwelcome. Be weary that it is a gravel trail so it may be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This is a nice running or walking trail. There are occasional cyclists as well, but the runners generally make them unwelcome. Be weary that it is a gravel trail so it may be quite dusty or a bit muddy depending on recent weather. There is a fair bit of shade from large trees for much of the trail. Be weary... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

When I used to live here, I would walk the trails. I didn't feel in danger while walking since there were a lot of joggers, walkers and did not do so at night. Lovely trees and buildings. Rice University is gorgeous!

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

At least Houston has another non concrete option (Memorial Park is the other), so I can't complain being that this is the city. Drawbacks are that parking is difficult, and the trail is narrow, so you are constantly having to dodge people on the trail. Especially frustrating is that people walk three abreast, and don't want to move when a... More 

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Darmstadt, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Go out for running on this track! It has a distance of about 5 km. You will meet other runners here everytime.

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houston
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's a very nice place to walk or jog. Rice is a beautiful campus amidst the world renowned Medical Center. Beautiful historic area of Houston with lots of old oak trees. Farmers market on Tuesdays in Rice Parking lot. Just be careful if crossing the busy intersections.

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Houston, Texas
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116 reviews 116 reviews
37 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Since we live just a block north we don't have the parking issues that others have reported. The nice thing about running around Rice is that, although it's roughly three miles, it's very easy to extend the run simply by crossing the street and running in Hermann Park or by running within the Rice campus. It's generally not nearly as... More 

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was a wonderful jogging trail around rice university under the wonderful oaks. I could not find distance markers and parking was terrible. I could only find parking requiring payment and that didn't seem to work. After circling twice I decided to park in Herman Park, luckily it was before 8 am on a Sunday. I am hoping to figure... More 

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Houston, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

If you happen to get stuck waiting on someone at the medical center, the trail is right across the street. You can put on your running shoes and kill some time on this 3 mile loop. Also can cut across the campus for some variety. If you're in the area, there is a really cool exhibit in St. Luke's Hospital... More 

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Redding, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

2.8 miles of trail and a canopy of trees takes you around the college and along lovely, established neighborhoods. The small but interesting farmers market on Tuesday afternoons is a fun stop.

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Leicester
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247 reviews 247 reviews
100 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We stayed within walking distance of this trail with family over Christmas and New Year and visited this trail many times both on foot and on cycles. Absolutely super.

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