FYI Taylor County Texas

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Outdoor Recreation

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Bird Watching

Bring out the binoculars and set your sights on Hutto Lake where a brand new birdwatching blind allows you to observe numerous species of area birds that pass through the city’s 36-acre park on Lakeside Estates Boulevard. For more information, call the Hutto Parks and Recreation Dept. (512) 759-4000.


Williamson County offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities from large lakes and rivers to smaller lakes and ponds in public parks. Some of the most notable fishing spots are:

Lake Granger
East of Hwy 95 near Circleville
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (512) 859-2668

Lake Georgetown
On Lake Overlook Drive, West of Georgetown
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (512) 930-5253

Murphy Park
At the intersection of Hwy. 95 and Lake Drive in Taylor
Taylor Parks and Recreation Dept. (512) 365-7669

Bull Branch Park
At the corner of Lynn and Davis streets in Taylor
Taylor Parks and Recreation Dept. (512) 365-7669

Hutto Lake
Hutto Lake Park, Lakeside Estates Boulevard, Hutto
Hutto Parks and Recreation Dept. (512) 759-4000

Wilco Parks
Twin Lakes Park 2300 S Bell Blvd., Cedar Park
Champion Park 3830 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park
Berry Springs Park and Preserve 1801 C.R. 152 Georgetown

Plenty to do at the Park
Walk along Cottonwood Trail, which reaches from north Hutto at Hutto Elementary School on Mager Lane, extending three miles to Nadine Johnson Elementary School along Carl Stern Boulevard, south of U.S. Highway 79. For details, contact the Hutto Parks and Recreation Dept. (512) 759-4000.

Georgetown's Creative PlayscapesEnjoy a stroll on Taylor’s three-mile hike and bike trail from Robinson Park in South Taylor up through Murphy and Bull Branch parks to Pasemann Elementary School. Stop to feed the ducks along the way or relax on one of the many benches along the trail.

The Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex has 10 lighted tournament quality ball fields complete with wireless scoreboards, shaded stadium style bleachers, moveable pitching mounds and base paths with three concession stands and restrooms and parking for 650 vehicles. The fully lighted park also includes additional athletic fields and amenities, including a full size football field, two soccer fields, two basketball courts, a covered pavilion, two modern playscapes, and a hike and bike trail. The park also features an innovative nature conservation project and a six-acre lake that are perfect for outdoor education. The park is located at 210 Carlos Parker Blvd. in Taylor.
For more information, call (512) 365-7669.

Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park is the primary city park in Round Rock that includes baseball and softball facilities, soccer fields, playgrounds, walking trails, fishing, tennis and volleyball, picnic areas and the Rock N’ River water park. The park is located at 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd. in Round Rock. For more information, call (512) 218-5540. Murphy Park, located near the intersection of Hwy. 95 and Lake Drive in Taylor, offers fishing, volleyball, basketball, miniature golf at the Lions Miniature Golf Course, tennis, a playground and a community pool. Enjoy a picnic in the shade and feed the ducks.

San Gabriel Park is home to 200-year-old oaks and the San Gabriel River. It offers picnic and athletic facilities, hiking trails, a dog park and playscapes. The park is located east of Austin Ave. in north Georgetown. For more information, call (512) 930-3595.

Blue Hole is bordered by limestone bluffs along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River, located five blocks north of downtown Georgetown along N. Austin Avenue. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is at W. Second and Rock streets. The park features picnic areas, restrooms, and wading areas and is open from dawn until dusk. For more information, call (512) 930-3595.

Taylor Lou Bell PavillionThere are four Williamson County parks that offer everything from athletic facilities, to walking trails, picnic tables, fishing, water features camping and playgrounds. The parks are Berry Springs Park in Georgetown, Champions Park and Twin Lakes Park in Cedar Park and Southwest Regional Park in Leander. More information can be found online at

Round Rock’s Rock’N River Aquatic Center is located within Old Settlers Park in Round Rock and is equipped with a lazy river, crazy slides and a water playground, water cannon, tipping buckets, floor geysers and zero beach entry play area. For more information, call (512) 671-2737

Williamson County’s Quarry Splash Pad, located at the Southwest Regional Park, is a unique park that uses existing rock features from the quarry formerly located on the land to create an exciting water experience. Play areas include the Quarry, Rapids and the Sand Play Area on approximately two acres. Water features include water cannons, waterfalls, and water jets. More information can be found online at

Disc Golf is available at two courses in Georgetown. There is a 9-hole course in San Gabriel Park and an 18-hole course in the Rivery Park. For more information, call (512) 930-3595.

Last modified on Friday, 20 July 2012 17:39