LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park offers free monthly interpretive walks that combine fun and education. Learn about unique ecosystems while enjoying the fresh air and getting a little exercise at the same time. Register online!
McKinney Roughs is a1,100 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 to18 miles of trails by foot or horseback (bring your own horse) or take part in one of the park’s many community programs. 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.
Hours and Contact Info: Mon.- Sat.: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sun.: Visitor's Center and main gate closed.
Sun.: Trails open at the Hwy 71 and Pope Bend trailheads from 8 a.m. - 30 minutes before dark.
Park closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Phone:
800-776-LCRA, Ext. 8021 Email: email@example.com Address:
1884 Hwy 71 West
Cedar Creek, TX 78612 24-hour equestrian trail info:
800-776-5272, Ext. 7427