This 2.9-mile knee-friendly dirt trail goes around the Rice University and is located at one of the prettiest parts of Houston, giving you great views of the gorgeous campus and its ivy-covered gate along with lovely buildings and magnificent trees. Most of the route is lined with beautiful old oak trees whose branches overlap the trail, making you feel like you are in a tunnel. Trees also give a nice shade from burning Houston sun, so this route is a great option especially, on hot summer days. The trail tends to be less crowded than Memorial Park and there are a couple of water fountains along the route.
A great option for longer run is to cross Main Street east to Hermann Park and combine Rice University loop with Hermann Park trails.