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Nestled among Texas state parks and just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, the Lost Pines region is a traveler’s gateway to entertaining activities, breathtaking scenery and exciting excursions, from quiet bike rides to riverfront celebrations and everything in between.

 

McKINNEY ROUGHS NATURE PARK

Characteristics of four Texas regions converge to create an unusual blend of natural resources at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa and connected by way of a trail system. The park’s 1,100 acres include rolling box canyons, wildflower meadows, lazy river bends and a diverse biological population. Visitors can explore 18 miles of trails by foot or horseback or take a guided raft or kayak trip down the Lower Colorado River. Additional fun and team-building activities for leisure and business travelers include zip-lining, a rock-climbing wall challenge, ropes courses and guided night hikes.

Additional options include:

  • Lost Pines Interpretive Hike: A naturalist guide explains the region’s rich history, diverse flora and fauna, ecosystems, geography and the unique existence of the Lost Pines. Choose a morning or evening hike for different experiences.
  • Native Animals Presentation: Learn about the many reptiles, birds and mammals of the area, and see some of them for yourself during the session. Your knowledgeable guide will answer questions about habitat and the area.
  • Rock Climbing and Zip-Lining: Certified guides and naturalists at McKinney Roughs offer full-day and half-day rock-climbing classes and programs for adults, families and children. A 40-foot climbing tower gives you an opportunity to experience rock climbing and finish with an exciting run on the zip line. Participants must meet the minimum age of 7 years.

Advance reservations are recommended for all McKinney Roughs activities. You may contact the park directly by calling (512) 303-5073 in Austin or Bastrop or toll-free at (800) 776-5272, ext. 8021. View the McKinney Roughs Program Schedule to see a list of activities and dates available, as well as any costs, if applicable.

 

BASTROP & BUESCHER STATE PARKS

Bastrop State Park is the site of the famous isolated region of loblolly pine and hardwoods known as the Lost Pines. The park offers backpacking, camping, picnicking, canoeing (rentals available), swimming (pool), golfing, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and interpretive programs. Meanwhile, Buescher State Park also lodges the loblolly pine and offers canoe and kayak rentals, as well as camping in cabins and tents, picnicking, hiking, geocaching and nature studies.

 

RENEGADE TRAILHEAD

Renegade Trailhead offers a vast variety of outdoor sporting activities, the equipment you’ll need to participate and knowledgeable staff who’ve made safety their number-one priority. Whether you’re looking to ride trails, trap shoot, test your bow & arrow skills or try your hand at bass or fly fishing, the team at Renegade Trailhead will ensure that you get the most out of your experience in the Lost Pines’ great outdoors.

 

AUSTIN & BASTROP GOLF COURSES

Austin and Bastrop offer a range of Texas golf courses unique to their specific regions, including Hyatt’s award-winning Wolfdancer golf course designed by Arthur Hills, ColoVista, Grey Rock, Star Ranch, Blackhawk, Pine Forest, Roy Kizer, Bluebonnet Hill and Barton Creek Country Club. 

 

CYCLING THE LOST PINES REGION

The panoramic landscapes, smooth roads and challenging conditions of the Lost Pines Region and Austin welcome all levels of riders. Please Note: Biking of any kind is not permitted on the trails of McKinney Roughs Nature Park. 

 

TEXAS RIVER TUBING

Experience the thrill of floating along the Lower Colorado River just down the road in Bastrop, or the Guadalupe or Comal Rivers, which are a day-trip away. Many outfitters rent specifically designed tubes with a bottom, so you can transport a cooler of drinks and snacks (no glass containers or styrofoam coolers). Most outfitters will drop you and your tube off at a river entry point and then pick you up at the end of a specific route. You can finish your day or hop on another bus to relive the river.

 

TEXAS WINE TOURS

Day-tripping offers a great opportunity to see Texas’ vast and scenic landscapes and taste wine brought up and bottled in the Lone Star State. Visit Fall Creek Vineyards at Lake Buchanan, Becker Vineyards or Grape Creek near Fredericksburg and other wineries nestled between Austin and San Antonio. Among the Texas varietals to sniff and sip are cabernet, merlot, chardonnay, Riesling, muscat and pinot noir.

 

LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center near Austin, and see what the country is talking about. Known for its distinctive architecture and stunning gardens, the center embodies the former first lady’s love of the land and its natural beauty. Guests may stroll gardens where hummingbirds and butterflies abound, learn about the sustainable rainwater-harvesting system, visit Wild Ideas: The Store and dine at the Wildflower Café.

 

AUSTIN LAKESIDE FUN

Austin’s Lake Travis, approximately an hour from the Lost Pines region, is a great place to enjoy jet skiing, water skiing or lounging on the beach. Volente Beach, meanwhile, offers a go-to for family entertainment and relaxation. And Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin is a great place to go walking or running with friends. 

 

SPORTS

Austin is home to numerous minor league teams and well-known collegiate athletics, including the national champion Texas Longhorns football team. Longhorn basketball games also make for an entertaining outing, as does a Round Rock Express baseball game at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. 

 

ZILKER PARK & BARTON SPRINGS POOL

Zilker Park, one of the most highly protected watershed recharge zones of Austin, features a 68-degree spring-fed pool with swimming and sunbathing areas. Kids of all ages will enjoy a ride on the Zilker Zephyr, a small train that goes around the park, and can feed the ducks, play disc golf, rent a canoe or romp on acres of grass near Lady Bird Lake and its hike and bike trail.

 

For more information about Bastrop sites, sounds, dining and events, visit www.visitbastroptx.com.
For more information about Austin sites, sounds, dining and events, visit www.austintexas.org.