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McKinney Roughs Nature Park

#3 of 11 things to do in Cedar Creek Features Animals
1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3412
+1 512-303-5073
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I arrived just before the Visitor Center opened on Saturday and was surprised to see the upper... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Joan W
Green Valley, Arizona
hiking at McKinney roughs

McKinney Roughs is a great hiking/walking park. We did 5.5 miles on verying terrain from flat to a... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
steve h
Flower Mound, Texas
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McKinney Roughs is an 1,100 acre nature park where characteristics of four ecosystems-- Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairie, East Texas Piney Woods, and a riparian zone-- converge to create an unusual blend of natural resources. Located just 13 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, McKinney Roughs is home to hundreds of plant and animal species living within the rolling box canyons, wildflower meadows and lazy river bends of the Texas Colorado River. McKinney Roughs is a day use park where visitors can explore close to 18 miles of trails by foot or 12 miles on horseback (bring your own horse). The park offers many community programs as well. At the Visitors Center, pay your entrance fee and get the latest trail information. Peruse the gift shop and learn about the area's indigenous species through interactive exhibits and why the "river is the reason" for the presence and protection of this natural area. Features Natural Science Programs The park's Mark Rose Natural Science Center is home to quality science-based education programs led by trained educators and professional staff. Teachers, home schoolers, youth and corporate groups can schedule day or overnight education programs to learn about water conservation and land stewardship. Recreation programs such as a river raft trip and team-building on the challenge course tie together the strands of your group's nature experience. Amenities Special Event Facility Rental Host your next conference, workshop, retreat or meeting at one of LCRA's nature parks and natural science centers. Nonprofit, government and corporate groups are eligible to use the facilities for a reasonable fee. The spacious meeting room hosts up to 120 people and can be divided into three separate sections. A kitchen area is available. A catered dining hall accommodates up to 250 people. Three dormitories house up to 128 guests.
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1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3412
+1 512-303-5073
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I arrived just before the Visitor Center opened on Saturday and was surprised to see the upper parking lot nearly full of cars. When I got out I could smell bacon cooking as the girl scouts who had camped overnight were preparing breakfast. A group...More

Thank Joan W
Reviewed 14 May 2017

McKinney Roughs is a great hiking/walking park. We did 5.5 miles on verying terrain from flat to a few hills. Its very well laid out and the trails are easy to follow and well marked.

Thank steve h
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I love bringing kids here for a birthday. We love to see the nature center, hike/play hide-n-seek, share a picnic lunch, rock hop in the river, and hike some more! October-April is ideal, when it's not as hot - but when it's hot there are...More

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Friendly helpful staff/ great scenery. Lots a outdoor activity choices and a variety of gathering places to enjoy. Nature is the number one priority here.

Thank hillje
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We were on our way back home and saw the very nice Sign "McKinney Roughs nature Park" so we stopped around 5:15 pm and noticed that front gates were closed. we checked their webpage on line and it says that trails are open until sunset....More

Thank Gabriela F
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place to go. Good hiking. Not to far out from town if your looking for a quick trip the creek running thru it is nice. You feel like your farther away from town than you are. Good parking

Thank jane l
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Loved hiking these trails! Absolutely Beautiful. Well maintained and great signage. Plenty of opportunities at the learning center to discover more about the region and some trails are accessible by horse as well. Will be going back!

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 1 January 2017

On our visit to Austin to visit my Mom and Sister, my mother recommended we take a hike here. What a great way to see the natural habitats of Texas. The "campus" at the entrance has buildings, including an indoor interpretive center with native species...More

Thank travelingwinds
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Lots of long trails for the more aggressive hiker but plenty for the short-run hikes too. Trails lead to the river so be aware that some of the trails might get washed out after a heavy rain. Cute facilities for events - I'm considering this...More

Thank TallLadyTX
Reviewed 21 March 2016

Guides were good, not great. One kept getting the belay rope caught in kids' legs; another told me I couldn't photograph a child after ziplining because the guide wanted to get out of there to go home.

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