The master-planned community of Avery Ranch features numerous areas that beckon residents to enjoy the great outdoors. However, those looking for a change of scenery may be interested in learning about some of the best parks near Avery Ranch, and these are a few local favorites.

Brushy Creek Lake Park

The beautiful 90-acre Brushy Creek Lake Park is teeming with natural and active resource based recreational endeavors, making it a top park near Avery Ranch year round. There are multiple pavilions and picnic areas with grills situated near the 38-acre lake where one can fish of the pier, kayak or canoe or simply observe wildlife. Youngsters flock to the water playscape zone, while the entire family can enjoy numerous hiking and biking trails, a labyrinth and the sand volleyball courts.

Cedar Bark Park

Dogs and dog lovers abound at the Cedar Bark Park where friendly, four-legged friends can play the day away and enjoy various amenities. Amid this five-acre fenced in dog park, visitors will find a natural features including a swimming pond, and there are benches for sitting and dog showers to clean up pups after their adventures for the day conclude. There are plenty of facilities for pets and humans including ‘restrooms’ and drinking fountains onsite. The park closes on Tuesdays from 7 a.m—4 p.m. for maintenance and cleaning.

Balcones District Park

This is a wonderful place to take the family for an outing, as Balcones District Park in Austin is filled with delights for youngsters and adults alike. Shaded picnic tables are adjacent to an outdoor fountain, a nicely sized playground and an area designed just for the wee ones. Sports lovers can play hoops or beach volleyball or take a swim in the park’s outdoor swimming pool. Just off the main area is a Walnut Creek hiking and biking trail that leads to alternative trail systems.

Champion Park

This is likely one of the most fun and creative parks in the region, and folks travel from miles around to enjoy the vast amenities at Champion Park. During warm weather months Friday – Sunday there are water features such as a giant spurting blue whale to cool off visitors. There is a covered play area with incredible dinosaur bone castings and ‘soft’ boulders designed for climbing and exploring. Pack a picnic or use the BBQ grills onsite, or take a pole and fish for dinner. There’s an easy access bridge to the park from Avery Ranch, making this lovely place a favorite of residents.

Nelson Ranch Park

Nelson Ranch Park is beloved by residents due to its wide green spaces, vast athletic fields for sports such as tennis and soccer, and it boasts a particularly charming children’s playground. While it’s not as shady as many of the local parks, Nelson Ranch is excellent for those seeking some fun in the sun and a place to spend time with friends and family. For visitor’s convenience, there is a covered picnic area, bathrooms and water fountains available onsite.