Mayfield Park – Peacocks and Hiking Trails in Austin City Limits

Mayfield Park is an absolute gem – this Central Austin park includes a 27 acre nature preserve, 2 acres of beautiful gardens, an historic cottage, water-lily ponds, and peacocks greet you at the entrance!

Peacock with brilliant plumage greets visitors to Mayfield Park in Central Austin

Peacock with brilliant plumage greets visitors to Mayfield Park

Mayfield Park and the surrounding nature preserve was gifted to the City of Austin by Mary Mayfield Gutsch in 1971. Her parents originally purchased the property in 1909 and used the cottage as a weekend and summertime retreat.

Mayfield cottage and park - peacocks - hiking trails in Austin TX

Mayfield cottage adorned with peacocks

Mayfield Park is open to the public daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. Occasionally the grounds may be rented out for private events such as weddings so check out the hiking trails instead.

Mayfield Park - hiking trails in 27 acre nature preserve in Central Austin

Mayfield Park – nature trail

Park bench overlooks lily ponds in the gardens of Mayfield Park

Relax on a park bench in the gardens of Mayfield Park

The gardens of Mayfield Park are tended by volunteers and the peafowl have free rein around the park. It is not unusual to see peacocks and peahens in the gardens or resting in the tree branches around the cottage.

Columbine flower blooming in springtime - Mayfield Park in Austin Texas

Columbine flower blooming in springtime

Vibrant blooms - springtime at Mayfield Park in Austin Texas

Vibrant blooms – springtime at Mayfield Park

White irises bloom in spring at Mayfield Park in Austin Texas

White irises bloom in spring

Yellow iris bloom at Mayfield Park in Austin Texas

Yellow iris bloom

Mayfield Park is a common destination for families during the daytime and in the evenings it is a popular and romantic date-night location.

Popular with young families - Mayfield Park is open daily

Young family visiting Mayfield Park

Pigeon cote at Mayfield Park on 35th St in Central Austin

Pigeon cote – a cozy home for the pigeons to rest

Chimney Swift tower at Mayfield Park - nature preserve Austin TX

Chimney Swift tower and information – map of hiking trails

Lily ponds - also home to koi, turtles, frogs, and lizards at Mayfield Park Austin TX

Lily ponds – also home to koi, turtles, frogs, and lizards

Water feature in the gardens of Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Water feature in the gardens of Mayfield Park

 
Where do you like to visit to escape to nature?


Practical Information:

Address: 3801 W 35th St, Austin, TX
Phone Number: +1-(512)-974-6700
Hours: daily 5AM – 10PM
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): FREE
How to Get There: Bus #21 from downtown Austin


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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