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McKinney Roughs Nature Park

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1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3412
+1 512-303-5073
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This was good visit, not much to see, but staff and environment were good. I will go back and check... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
hbarazi
Spring Break Trip

This is a great park with awesome views. Went during Spring Break 2018. Love the trails. Admission... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Sam M
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Houston, Texas
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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.
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1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3412
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was good visit, not much to see, but staff and environment were good. I will go back and check it out again hoping more things to see and discover.

Thank hbarazi
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

This is a great park with awesome views. Went during Spring Break 2018. Love the trails. Admission is cheap. Fun for the whole family.

Thank Sam M
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

What a great place. We went on a weekday morning, so there were no crowds at all. The trails map says there are 17.9 miles of trails, one of which is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. Well, sort of. You could ride a motorized...More

Thank capitollover
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Had a great day clean and nice just a hot day came with my family a 5@3 year old kids thanks for a new experience

Thank joann o
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This park has nice and long trails in a nature filled area. It is a quality park. I saw a few school buses and lots of kids walking around. It's a large park, so I'll have to come back to finish seeing everything. It's just...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

My now wife and I got married here just last month. We really can't say enough how great our experience was. To start, the grounds are beautiful and well maintained. This goes for both the exterior landscaping and the interior of the reception hall. The...More

Thank burch2017
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

I arrived just before the Visitor Center opened on Saturday and was surprised to see the upper parking lot nearly full of cars. When I got out I could smell bacon cooking as the girl scouts who had camped overnight were preparing breakfast. A group...More

Thank Joan W
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

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.

1  Thank steve h
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank Elizabeth P
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Reviewed 13 April 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.

Thank hillje
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