When Berry Springs Park and Preserve was voted “The Best Kept Secret” in the 2010 “The Best of Georgetown” contest, I was intrigued. It had indeed been kept a secret from me. I had no idea there was a park up north with a historic compound, a nature trail, a fishing pond, a boardwalk, gardens, and donkeys.
And yet, life being life, it took us three years to get up to Georgetown to check it out. When we finally made it there, one sunny Sunday afternoon, we were greeted by Poco and Amigo, the resident donkeys. The sign on their pen invited us to give them each one treat (a carrot or an apple), or a handful of grass.
We gave the friendly donkeys a snack and a pat on the nose, before setting off on a nature walk. A reader on Facebook mentioned that when pecans are in season, you can get quite a haul from the many trees in the park. We’ll have to go back next fall and give that a try.
My boys enjoyed a game of tag on the shady playground and then we wandered over to check out the Born Learning Trail. A sign welcomed us to the interactive trail: “Do you know that learning is happening all the time? For ways to learn together just look for the Born Learning Trail signs. By playing and exploring you help young children get ready for success in school and in life. Together, you can turn everyday moments into learning moments. Happy Trails!”
With butterfly nets in hand, we started down the trail but quickly got distracted looking for grasshoppers, dragonflies, and moths. There were several picnic tables by the water, so we had a bite to eat and relaxed in the sunshine, taking photo after photo of insects posing on our fingers.
Further down the trail there is a bird viewing area and a wildflower meadow, but we didn’t make it that far. We also missed a visit to the nearby pond, which was, at the time, closed for construction. It has since reopened for catch and release fishing.
You can see the map of trails and amenities below. Click on the image to open the map in a new window for better viewing.
Sorry, Georgetown, for spilling your secret, but Berry Springs Park is a pretty sweet spot to explore. Next time, we’ll go prepared with fishing poles and buckets for pecan collecting.
Heidi Gollub is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin.com. 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.