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Address: 1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3412
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+1 512-303-5073
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

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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Great place to spend the day with family.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lisa H
Maplewood, Minnesota
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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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!

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Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 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 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

It was a nice enough.. But I'm not sure it's worth the drive outside of Austin if that's all you're going to do out there. There was lots of space and lots of nice pretty nature things to look at and it is convenient right off of 71.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Great place to visit with the family. We enjoyed the outdoors and the weather greatly. And the views were amazing. Summer can be a bit warm but still enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

We did the Splash Raft Tour and were pleasantly surprised...It was expensive at $65 per person but it was Nice !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Tired of all the noise and commotion at the neighboring resort, we took the short (3 mile r/t) hike to the river and back. Only about ten groups a day visit the nature park, so you'll likely have the trail to yourself. Go early, carry water, and enjoy the quiet. It helped that we saw a doe and her two... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

In December 2014, my 21 year old son and I happened upon this place while staying at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Cedar Creek, TX. What a find! We ended up hiking here each day of our trip. They advertise 18 miles of trails by foot and 12 miles of trails on horseback. Here's an excerpt from their website,... More 

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