McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Equestrian safety
​The Texas Animal Health Commission has reported incidents of vesicular stomatitis in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties. This viral disease, which causes lesions, is initiated by insect bites and spread through horse-to-horse contact. Although transmission among horses along trails is unlikely, please do not bring your horse to an LCRA park if it displays symptoms. TAHC recommends horses in Bastrop and Travis counties do not drink from common troughs, so no water troughs are available at LCRA parks. ​Learn more about vesicular stomatitis from the​​ T​AHC website.​
 
 

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.

Read the McKinney Roughs Nature Park Reservation Guidelines!

Reservations

For information or reservations call 512-303-5073 or 800-776-5272, Ext. 8021.

Groups

Prior written permission shall be obtained from LCRA for any organized group activity on LCRA land involving 20 or more individuals. For additional information call 800-776-LCRA, Ext. 8021.

Fees

See fees and facilities.

 

Location & Hours


Hours and Contact Info:
Visitors Center open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Trails open 8 a.m. to sunset seven days a week, weather permitting. On Sundays, access trails through State Highway 71 Trailhead.
Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.​
Phone:
512–303–5073 or
800–776–LCRA, Ext. 8021
Email:
outdoorprograms@lcra.org
Address:
1884 Hwy 71 West
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
24-hour equestrian trail info:
512–578–7427 or
800–776–5272, Ext. 7427​

Features & Events

Educational/Recreational Outdoor Programs
Community Programs
Challenge Course
Natural Science Programs
River Trips
Summer Nature Camp
Special Features
Hiker's Trail Guide
Plants and Wildlife
Riding Your Horse
Recreation
Hiking & Walking Trails
Horseback Riding
Outdoor Education & Recreation Programs
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Activities & Amenities

Bird WatchingDay Use OnlyEquestrian TrailsHiking and Walking TrailsMeeting / Conference FacilitiesNatural Science CenterOutdoor Educ. and Rec. ProgramsRest RoomsShowers

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