Mary Moore Searight Park is nestled in a residential area of south Austin. Its unassuming entrance off Slaughter Lane hides an expansive 344 acre park, access to Slaughter Creek, and a wide variety of recreational areas for the whole family.
Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park Information:
Address: 907 Slaughter Ln., 78748
Hours: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm
Parking: Free onsite parking lot
Pets: An off leash dog park is available and can be accessed on 1st Street, south of Slaughter Lane in the north end of the park.
Trails: The park features six miles of trails with intermittent fitness stations and hike/bike/equestrian trails. The main trail in the park forms a large loop with smaller trails veering off in various directions. Parts of the trail are not very stroller (or scooter) friendly, and are best explored on foot or by mountain bike.
Note: Some visitors have remarked that the trail markers are easy to miss and have advised that you bring a GPS device with you, or study the map before heading out.
Recreation: The park offers a number of recreational areas for families including picnic and barbecue areas, two basketball courts, an 18 hole disc golf course, a fishing pier, a soccer field, two tennis courts, two volleyball courts, and a playground (located next to the parking lot). Reservations can be made for a covered picnic area. Creek access is a short walk from the parking lot.
The park also contains the Ralph DeClairmont Flying Field, a private radio controlled model aircraft flying field. Membership is required to fly airplanes, but visitors are welcome. Visit the Hill Country Aeromodelers site for more information.
Mary Moore Searight Park is an unexpected gem convenient for families in central, east, and south Austin, as well as the surrounding areas. It offers many of the same recreational areas as more centrally located parks, but with fewer crowds, making it a wonderful spot to enjoy the tranquility of Austin’s beautiful natural spaces.
For more information, visit the Austin Parks Foundation website. You can also view a map of the park here.