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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Women's History Walk

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March 25 | Meet up 10:00 AM | Indian Spring Park, 101 University Parks Blvd., across from the Hilton

Women’s History Month Walk on March 25. Women have played important — although not always acknowledged — roles in Waco’s development. During our walk through downtown, we will discuss women’s roles as pioneers, city leaders, and savvy entrepreneurs. While some of these women worked within social conventions — others were more “infamous” in their endeavors. Meet up March 25 at 10 AM at Indian Spring Park, 101 University Parks Drive, directly across from the Hilton Hotel.

DATE: March 25, 2023


LOCATION: Indian Spring Park, 101 University Parks Drive, directly across from the Hilton Hotel

WALK LENGTH: Approximately 2 miles

ORGANIZERS: Lisa Shaver & Ashley Thornton

GOT QUESTIONS?: Please email Lisa Shaver: [email protected] or Ashley Thornton: [email protected]

ACCESSIBILITY: Most of the walk will be on city streets and sidewalks, but be prepared to navigate a few grassy areas, curbs and steps.

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! I don’t think we will be going into any buildings, but just in case, be aware that dogs may not be allowed in buildings.

BAD WEATHER/CANCELLATION PLAN: We plan to walk rain or shine, so if it looks like there might be some rain, bring an umbrella. If the weather is really bad or if we need to cancel for some reason, we will send out an announcement via the Waco Walks email list. To subscribe to the list, click here: http://eepurl.com/cG7kdj

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

The Calendar

Schedule for 2023

2023 - January

2023 - February 11 - Black History Month Walk with Baylor Oral History Department

2023 - March 25 - Women's History Walk

2023 - April 15 - Trees of Brookview Walk 

2023 - May 13 - Tornado Remembrance Walk 

2023 - June 

2023 - July 

2023 - August  

2023 - September 

2023 - October 

2023 - November 

2023 - 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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