Waco Walks

Waco Walks is an informal group that grew out of the efforts of Act Locally Waco. Our group encourages Wacoans to get to know their community by walking it.   We host several walks a year in various parts of the community.  Sometimes we just walk and enjoy the scenery, and many times we include an educational element such as history or science in the city.  We also advocate for making Waco a more walkable community.  All are welcome! We would love to have you join us.

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Next Walk: Downtown Design Walk - July 9, 2022 - 8 AM 

Description: The City of Waco is constantly working to make downtown Waco a great place to live work and play – and you are invited to help! Join Waco Walks on Saturday, July 9th for a “Downtown Design Walk”.  We will learn about urban design elements that help create a more comfortable and enjoyable space, and we’ll give the city our feedback while we walk and learn. Elements we’ll discuss will include: Downtown landscaping, lighting, crosswalk improvements, street furniture improvements, walkability, accessibility and parking. Get in some steps and learn about what it takes to make Downtown Waco more walkable and enjoyable!  We will meet up at 8 AM on July 9 at the Waco City Hall (300 Austin Ave).

For more information about the downtown design project, please visit the project website at www.DesignDTWaco.com.

Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2022

Time: 8 AM

Location: Waco City Hall, 300 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76702 (front parking lot)

Walk Length: Approximately 2 – 2.5 Miles

Organizer: Laura Wagstaff and Ashley Bean Thornton

Got Questions?: Please contact Laura Wagstaff, [email protected] or Ashley Thornton. [email protected]

Accessibility: Most of the walk will be on sidewalks and city streets, but you might need to be able to negotiate a few curbs, grassy patches, or gaps in sidewalks

Hydration: Please bring your own water.

Dogs: Doggies are welcome, but they MUST be on a leash and you MUST come prepared to scoop the poop! Dogs will not be allowed inside buildings.


**** All Waco Walks are walk at your own risk.***


The Calendar

Schedule for 2022

2022 - January

2022 - February 

2022 - March 

2022 - April 23 - Methodist Children's Home 

2022 - May 11 - Tornado Walk 

2022 - June 4 - Bell's Hill Walk

2022 - July 9 - Downtown Design Walk 

2022 - August  (No walks) 

2022 - September - VA Campus

2022 - October - Cameron Park

2022 - November 

2022 - December 

Previous Walks

2021 Walks


2020 Walks

2019 Walks

2018 Walks

2017 Walks

2016 - Getting Started

Virtual Tornado Walk

The Historic Waco Foundation, and Eric Ames, local historian and author, have worked together to put our annual May 11 "Tornado Walk" on-line for you to Enjoy!  Here are the links:

Stops 1 & 2

Tornado Walk: Stop 1 & 2

May is a significant month for the history of Waco. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the tornado that struck Waco. Because we can’t host an official Waco Walk, we are bringing the walk to you! We’re posting the 8 stops we would normally take leading up to May 11th. Download the map, put on your walking shoes and take the walk with us! First stop: The Tornado Memorial on 4th and Austin.This Virtual Tornado Walk is hosted by Eric Ames and Waco Walks.

Posted by Historic Waco Foundation on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stop 3

Tornado Walk: Stop 3

Our next stop is a little down from the Suspension Bridge as we talk about the rubble site after the tornado. We're posting new videos everyday so keep checking back with us!

Posted by Historic Waco Foundation on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Stop 4

Tornado Walk: Stop 4 - The Alico

The Alico is our 4th stop on the Tornado Walk. It survived the tornado due largely to its construction and became a beacon of hope during the storm.

Posted by Historic Waco Foundation on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stop 5

Tornado Walk: Stop 5 - Katy Park

Home to various minor league teams, Katy Park was a central hub for the Waco community.

Posted by Historic Waco Foundation on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stop 6

Tornado Walk: Stop 6 - First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church is now located on Lake Air and Cobbs Drive but was originally in the heart of downtown Waco when the tornado hit.

Posted by Historic Waco Foundation on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stop 7

Tornado Walk: Stop 7 - Artesian Bottling and Manufacturing Company

Located on 5th Street and Mary, the Artesian Bottling and Manufacturing Company (later the Dr Pepper Museum) was not directly hit by the tornado although it was heavily damaged by the storm. The scars of this tornado are still visible on this building today.

Posted by Historic Waco Foundation on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stop 8

Tornado Walk: Stop 8 - R.T. Dennis Building

Our final stop is at the sight of what used to be the R.T. Dennis Furniture Co. Thank you for watching our Tornado Walk. We hope you download the map and follow the trail on your own! You can download the map here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/53e2b0a6e4b020de6665758f/t/5eb17016fcf9c7222f65018f/1588686872366/walk_map-2020.png

Posted by Historic Waco Foundation on Friday, May 8, 2020



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