Rough Racerunner LbNA # 27419 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Nov 22 2006|
|Location||Cedar Creek, TX|
*** Part of my TX Wildlife Trail Series ***
Replaced log & container (1/29/10), Relocated (3/16/13)
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 400 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: green
McKinney Roughs Nature Park is one of the developed parks managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. It includes several trails through rolling box canyons, wildflower meadows, lazy river bends and a diverse biological population. It also includes an exhibit hall featuring live creatures native to the area and a science center offering educational and recreational programs. Included in your entrance fee is the opportunity to borrow one of three different nature packs: Birding Pack (includes binoculars and a guide book), Plant Pack (comes with a magnifying glass and explanation of what plants to look for) and a Kid Pack (includes bug containers and children’s books describing the plants, birds and insects found at the park). This park is also part of the East Austin Loop described on the Heart Of Texas Wildlife Trail - East map. The abundant wildlife includes gray fox, rabbits, white-tailed deer, squirrels and prairie-lined racerunner. The racerunner is six to ten inches long with six yellow lines extending down the side of their body. Males are bright green with pale blue bellys, making them very distinctive. Hopefully you will see one while looking for this box.
McKinney Roughs is located on Hwy 71 13.2 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and 8.4 miles west of Bastrop on north side of road. Drive through entrance and park by Visitor Center.
From the Visitor Center, walk north behind the Mark Rose Science Center to the Ridge trail at the far left. Take a right at the bench after marker R4 to stay on the trail and after walking for about 150 yards and passing marker R6, you will come to a fence. The trail goes right, but you climb over the fence and walk 105 steps on an unmarked trail. Look right for a pile of branches between two small cedar trees. The microbox is buried under rocks at the base of the right tree. Please re-cover well.