Wanderlust: Hidden Austin Picnic Spot

Mayfield Park is a hidden gem. Tucked back at the far end of a residential neighborhood, it’s easy to miss if you’re not a local. As picnic spots go, it’s hard to beat.

The park’s website tells a bit about it’s history: Mayfield Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This entire estate was presented to the city of  Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch for all Austinites to enjoy as a park. Mayfield Park includes an historic cottage, 2 acres of colorful cottage gardens with towering palm trees, brilliant peacocks and delicate water lilies, all blending in beautiful harmony. Mayfield Preserve is the 21 acre natural area that surrounds the park, containing walking trails and wildlife habitat.

Wander amongst koi ponds, community garden plots, and limestone ruins. Bring a bit of bread to feed the resident flock of peacocks. Yes, you read that right – about twenty brightly colored peacocks roam unfettered around the property. If you’re up for a longer walk, there are several hiking trails to take advantage of.

The scenic beauty of Mayfield Park has long been recognized by the local community. Each year sees several weddings and fashion shoots on the site. As a city park, it’s free and unrestricted for anyone to use.

Cheers, Amy

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