McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Recreational Programs

Spring and summer recreation programs


Pollinator Power 
Discover pollinator insects and contribute to a biological survey by snapping photos of pollinators found at our park and uploading the data to the iNaturalist™ application. A smart phone is required. Please download the free iNaturalist application before arrival. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, April 1
  • 10-noon
  • Ages 8 and older.
  • $10 per person.


GPS Kayak Scavenger Hunt
Guests will learn to use a GPS to navigate the waters of Lake Bastrop. Along the way, clues will guide them back to shore! Advanced registration is required.

  • Sunday, April 30
  • 10-noon
  • Ages 10 and older.
  • $25 per person.

Fear Factor Five
By using innovative equipment designed to simulate a free fall, you will experience a 20-foot drop before being safely lowered to the ground. Warm up by rappelling and zip lining the challenge course. Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, May 6
  • 12:30-3 p.
  • Ages 10 and older​
  • $35 per person.

Homeschool Day – High Ropes Challenge
Participants will rely on group support and individual determination to go beyond their comfort zones and reach new heights. High ropes elements such as the catwalk, rock climbing wall, multi vine and zip line are some of the thrills available. Parents may choose to stay as spectators. Advanced registration is required.

  • Thursday, May 18
  • 9 - 1 p.m.
  • Ages 7 to 17.
  • $35 per person.

Father/Child Adventure Day
Celebrate Father’s Day by sharing in an adventure. Start the morning off climbing our rock wall and soaring along our zip line. Participants will then load on a bus for a 3-mile float trip along the lower Colorado River. Stop on an island in the middle of the river for a hotdog roast and s’mores. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, June 17
  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Ages 7 and older.
  • $50 per person.
​​Recreation Program Registration Policy
Registration is required unless stated otherwise. To register, click on the registration link in the upper right corner of this page and follow the instructions. For programs with a fee, be prepared to pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) to complete your registration.

McKinney Roughs reserves the right to cancel programs due to weather or because the minimum number of participants has not been met. Registered participants will be notified of cancellations by email or phone and rescheduled to another date or program. If that is not possible, a full refund will be given for any program fees paid.

Participants who cancel their reservations at least 24 hours from the program start time will receive a full refund. Participants cancelling within 24 hours of the program start time will not receive a refund of fees paid. Cancellations must be made by email to and include participant name(s) and programs(s) to be canceled. A confirmation email will be sent when the refund is processed.

Call 512–303–5073 or email for more information.

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Features & Events

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