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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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Great spot for running in Houston. Can get a little busy, but its big enough. Its about 3 miles for one loop around it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great spot for running in Houston. Can get a little busy, but its big enough. Its about 3 miles for one loop around it.

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Not sure if I was ever officially on the "trail", but I must say it's a great campus to walk around. Each of the streets is lined with trees whose branches overlap the street so much you feel like you're in a tunnel.

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I love this trail as the service is gravel and there is plenty of shade in the Houston heat. Things to be aware of are the many tree roots and driveways that lead into Rice University. Most driver's are courteous, many runners are not. Just keep our eyes and ears open. The other issue is that there are no public... More 

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Houston, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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125 reviews 125 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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