All Aboard! Cedar Rock Railroad in Leander

Move over Zilker Zephyr, there is another miniature train in town!   Her name is Sophie, and she has a park all her own.  Venture a little Northewest of Austin and you can ride this ¼ scale miniature train along the Cedar Rock Railroad, which runs throughout Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.  Sophie will take you on a meandering 1.3 mile tour around fields, by a lake, under craggy Texas trees and even (most importantly) through a nice, long tunnel.  Young train lovers will delight as Sophie toots her whistle and rattles along the track for an enchanting fifteen minute ride.  Parents will be pleased with the $2.50 ticket price (children under 1 and pets ride free). 

The Cedar Rock Railroad operates only on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.  The train can also be rented for exclusive birthday parties, allowing 42 guests to ride the train for only $65. 

Following your train ride, head over to the playground near the park entrance.  It is a wonderfully accessible play structure for kids of all ages.  Even young toddlers will enjoy climbing the ramp and crossing the bridge, which leads to the slides.  There are numerous picnic tables in a nearby pavilion, and a barbecue grill, so plan ahead and bring a lunch.

Cedar Rock Railroad
3005 County Road 175
Leander, TX  78641a
(512) 413-1705

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Heidi Gollub
Heidi Gollub is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning website Free Fun in When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages three to 15–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and shares content with the local news.  Recently, Heidi was a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.
  • Rushell Megerle

    My son loves trains! We are going! When the new metro train is finally going I heard it is free for the first week. I think we will go take a ride downtown on it, have some lunch and then ride back.

  • Heidi

    If it is free the first week, we might have to ride every day! Let me know if you hear about it opening to the public. We see the trains testing all the time and can’t wait to try them out.