McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Special Features

Hiker's Trail Guide

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Miles of trails await exploration

Hike through shady pine forests, explore steep canyons, or meander through wildflower meadows. McKinney Roughs has nearly 18 miles of hiking trails crisscrossing the park's 1,100 acres and offering comfortable strolls to challenging treks. When you are finished with your hike, return to our Visitors Center to peruse our gift shop and interactive exhibits. There you can learn more about native animals and why the "river is the reason" that McKinney Roughs is such a special place.

Trail Safety

  • Always check in with the Visitors Center before hiking, pay your fee and get a trail map and information or pay at any self-pay box.
  • Please  stay on the trails to reduce the impact on the environment.
  • Keep in mind that hikers and horseback riders share many of the trails.
    Hikers should always yield to horses.
  • If possible, carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • (Emergency numbers are provided on trail maps).
  • Many of the trails are long and rugged, so:
    • Know the activity levels of you and your companions and plan your hike accordingly.
      (The front desk can give you advice on suitable hikes).
    • Take enough water with you and remember to drink it.
    • Wear appropriate clothing and sun protection and carry insect repellant.


Types of trails

  • Near the Visitors Center, you will find our Demonstration Trail giving tips for water wise planting, rainwater harvesting and wildscaping your own backyard.
  • Ridge Trail is an ADA trail along a box canyon, providing lovely views of the park and an easy excursion for families with children.
  • Other trails range from easy to challenging and accomodate both hikers and equestrians. Several trails are limited to hikers only. The trail guide has more details.

To provide the safest outdoor experience for all, follow these rules:

  • No motorized vehicles.
  • No bicycles.
  • No ground fires.
  • No smoking.
  • No overnight camping.
  • Do not remove, destroy or deface any wildlife, flora, fauna, rocks, artifacts or other natural objects.

Pets: Leashed dogs are allowed on most of the park's trails. Please plan to pick up and dispose of pet waste.

Enhance your experience
Included in the day-use fee is the opportunity to borrow one of three different nature packs offered at the nature park:

  • Birding Pack -- includes binoculars and a guide book.
  • Plant Pack -- comes with a magnifying glass and explanation of what plants to look for.
  • Kid Pack -- includes bug containers and children’s books describing the plants, birds and insects found at the park.

We also offer for loan an interpretive guide of our popular Ridge Trail. Pick up the Ridge Trail Guide at the front desk and use it to learn about the rich cultural and natural history of the park as you stop at designated points along the trail.

For more information: Contact McKinney Roughs at (512) 303-5073 or 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 8041, or email

​Download Trail Guide


Features & Events

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