The Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas, is an oasis of beauty amid the cityscape of downtown Austin. Located west of Mo-Pac Expressway and north of Shoal Creek, the park features 28 acres of open green space, wetlands, streams, and a portion of Barton Springs Pool fed by a natural spring. Learn more here.
From its rolling green hills, limestone rock outcroppings, and gorgeous oak trees, the park invigorates anyone who visits. It’s a great place for individual and group festivals, picnics, school field trips, and educational opportunities for children and adults alike. Even during the most crowded times, the secluded paths and areas in the park offer a sense of solitude and relaxation. At the center of the park stands the historic Mayfield-Gutsch Estate. Built-in 1890, the estate was home to the prominent Mayfield and Gutsch families for nearly a century. The original Italianate stone house, carriage house, and outbuildings are now part of a living history museum owned and operated by the Austin Parks Foundation and Friends of the Mayfield Park and Preserve. The estate serves as the base for many of the park’s grass-roots and volunteer-run educational programs. Nature hikes, wildflower walks, birding tours, and monthly outdoor music concerts are just a few popular events coordinated with the foundation and its partners. Learn more about Wonderspaces in Austin, Texas: A Wonderful Place.