What are some of the top parks in Austin?

Many Austin residents enjoy the great outdoors, and this city provides plenty of opportunities for people to go outside and have fun. Take a look at the following parks that are located near many of the homes for sale in Austin.

McKinney Falls State Park
McKinney Falls State Park offers 726 acres of land for visitors to explore. Named after Thomas F. McKinney, one of the first colonists to move to the area, this park gives people the chance to enjoy a number of recreational activities, including camping, mountain biking and picnicking. Additionally, the park is home to Old Baldy, a 103-foot-tall cypress tree that some experts estimate is over 500 years old.

Many residents enjoy McKinney Falls year-round, as the National Weather Service reports that the January average low at the park is 37 degrees Fahrenheit and the average high in July is 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This recreational space is open seven days a week and its busy season runs from November to March.

Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
Located less than one mile upstream from the confluence with the Pedernales River, the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve contains a canyon, grotto and pool. Many residents appreciate this nature preserve because it offers scenic views and features a wide variety of vegetation. Some visitors enjoy seeing Hamilton Creek and recreational activities such as picnicking and swimming at this park. 

Hamilton Pool is a great spot for hikers. The preserve offers guided tours by appointment and is home to several rare plant species, including the Canyon Mock-Orange, Chatter Box Orchid and Red Bay.

Zilker Metropolitan Park
Zilker Metropolitan Park has been called "Austin's most-loved park" by some residents because it features an extensive range of recreational opportunities and special events. This family-friendly environment includes 351 acres of land, biking and hiking paths, sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course and more.

Kite enthusiasts will appreciate the annual Zilker Park Kite Festival held every March. This event is the oldest of its kind and gives Austin residents kites to fly, spend time together and enjoy amazing sights.

The Zilker Holiday Tree is 155 feet tall and gives many residents yet another reason to visit this park. On the first Sunday of every December, the park hosts a tree lighting ceremony to celebrate the holiday season.