Houston, TX - Central

Rice University Loop & West University Place Neighborhood

Rice University is centrally located and has a very pretty campus for running. Enjoy walking paths lined with magnificent oak trees, an ivy-covered gate,  an lovely buildings. A 2.9-mile dirt trail that goes around the campus is great for running.

For a longer run or some variety, there some excellent spots near campus for running:

Hermann Park, just east across Main St.

Brays Bayou, which is just south of and connects to Hermann Park

Nearby Neighborhoods. West University Place, just west of the university, has lovely, tree-lined streets featuring gorgeous homes (we’ve mapped a route from Sunset Blvd. to Mandell to North Boulevard to Morningside to Rice Blvd.). ROUTE MAP. We also love running in the Boulevard Oaks neighborhood, just north of campus.


  • Can put together couple of miles on campus, and/or 2.9-mile loop trail; Hermann Park option is 6 miles, West University Place loop is 4 miles
  • Main St. & Sunset Blvd. or other places along trail
  • Access: Hermann Park/Rice U Station