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Rice University Trail

Houston, TX (University Place)
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Ranked #23 of 170 attractions in Houston
Type: Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Activities: Running
Traveler Description: Nice trail for added resistance of running on sand and fine gravel (sort of midway between pavement and beach) but gets REALLY crowded at popular... more »
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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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210 reviews 210 reviews
80 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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Houston, Texas, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

A well surfaced track, and a good distance: essentially 3 miles, or multiples thereof, which are classical racing distances. Well shaded, pretty setting. Main issue is that there are a number of exits from the carpark, where you need to be cautious, not so easy the third time round and tired! Track is a bit narrow, and can get busy.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a great trail that's very convenient for visitors staying in the Medical Center area. The loop is almost 3 miles long (it's closer to 2.9... splitting hairs, I know). To add length without running in circles over-and-over you can add the Hermann Park loop to your run by crossing over Main St / Fannin.

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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

The track/trail is crushed gravel and dirt so easier on the knees than concrete. The impressive trees provide shade for most of the track. Length is just under 3 miles. A longer run can be done by laps or veering into the nearby Rice Village (shopping area) or Hermann Park or the museum area or even by running the bleacher... More

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College Station, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The Rice running trail is my favorite place to run. It is lined with live oaks casting a pleasant shade, especially on the many hot sunny days here. You can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding Rice--just be sure to read the street signs to make sure you can park there. The loop is a little less than 3... More

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Austin, Texas
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19 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The trail is right across from Hermann Park, in the Museum District. It actually wraps around Rice University campus, where shade trees and nicer houses are abundant. The whole trail is about 3-mile long, all the way under large trees, over crusted granite, by quiet residential streets, which makes the entire walk/run experience very pleasant. And if 3 miles are... More

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Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The trees and the fountains make for a great stroll to relieve stress or exercise. In Rice University there is a great museum to get lost in!!

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Nice trail lots of trees. Really pretty but nice hot and humid! I bet it would b great when it cools down.

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