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McKinney Roughs Nature Park

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Address: 1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3412
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+1 512-303-5073
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

McKinney Roughs is an 1,100 acre nature park where characteristics of four...

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.


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.


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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hiking at McKinney roughs

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
steve h
Flower Mound, Texas
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Flower Mound, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 lots of shaded trails as well.

Thank Elizabeth P
Cedar Creek, Texas
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Reviewed April 13, 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.

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College Station, Texas
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Reviewed April 10, 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. So we were confused and ready to leave when some people were coming out and... More 

Thank Gabriela F
Cedar Creek, Texas
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Reviewed March 29, 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
Maplewood, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 20, 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
Cape May, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 1, 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 on display. There are nice clean restrooms to use before and after your hike, and... More 

Thank travelingwinds
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed June 12, 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 site for a reunion. Great for kids, saw a classroom of kids enjoying their (literal)... More 

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Austin, TX
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Reviewed March 21, 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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Reviewed March 9, 2016

We love going there to take our wonderful, nature hikes. They also have a fun summer program for children that our grandchildren loved going to.

Thank Bk N

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