A Hollow Called Hippie and a Park with Peacocks

Oct 28, 2019

In the beautiful Hill Country, just outside of Austin, Texas, lies a hidden treasure of a different ilk.

Hippie Hollow

Hippie Hollow the clothing-optional (yes, Mildred, clothing optional) swimmin’ hole of a nudist’s dream is a mere half-hour from downtown Austin.
 
This is a beach for adults. There will be nudity. If it offends you, do not go. Clothing is optional so you won’t feel out of place in a swimsuit, but….
 
No one likes rules, but everyone must play nice when at Hippie Hollow. You can sunbathe or swim in your birthday suit, but any overt sexual acts can get you arrested and some folks have found themselves in the slammer for breaking this rule. Hmmm. I wonder what they were wearing.
 

A towel isn't enough

The beach itself is a bit rocky, okay, a lot rocky, like all rocks. So, while clothing is optional if you value your ability to walk without assistance later, put some shoes on. There is no sandy area to relax, and some folks say that a towel to sit on is not enough, so try to bring a beach chair.
 
Remember, sturdy shoes, beach chair, and, oh yeah, there is no concession stand, so bring in food and drink if you plan to stay awhile.
 

Do's and don'ts

Alcohol is actually allowed at this park, but pets are not. Go figure! Also, no feeding of wildlife, unless they are your friends and part of your picnic.
 
If bringing in alcohol remember - it’s a beach, folks. Glass bottles are not permitted. Also be aware that in addition to lowering inhibitions, alcohol dehydrates. You will be in the sun. Pace yourself and drink responsibly. Intoxicated persons will be removed from the park. Perhaps they will be sent to join their overly sexed pals in the slammer. Sure would like to be a police person on duty with a jail full of drunk, nekkid folks.
 
Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You are there to have fun, not be hospitalized. Ditto for the sunscreen.
 
There have been weddings at Hippie Hollow in the past. If you are planning your wedding and inclined toward the au naturel, this just might be the place.

Hippie Hollow

7000 Comanche Trail
Austin, TX 78732

Hours: 9:00 AM to Civil Twilight (which translates to 7:11 PM)

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Austin's Beautiful Mayfield Park

You can strut your stuff with the peacocks at Austin’s beautiful Mayfield Park.
 
Hiding in plain sight in the heart of Austin is a photographer’s dream. Mayfield Park, on the National Register of Historic Places, boasts a historic cottage and two acres of cottage gardens. The Mayfield Preserve surrounds the park with 21 acres of walking trails and wildlife habitats. Just be sure to leave the dog at home. No pets allowed in the park or preserve. Are you seeing an anti-pet trend here?
 
If you have a green thumb you can Adopt a Garden in the park. For a small fee, which goes toward supporting the beauty surrounding you, you will have your nameplate on your garden. You will be expected to plant flowers (from the approved list), maintain the plot, and try to introduce heirloom varieties of plants to your adopted area.
 
There is even an implement shed for your use as you work on your plot.
 

Mayfield Birds

While the garden is great, the peacocks are a big draw. These beautiful birds call Mayfield Park their home.
 
You’ll find yourself enjoying peacock watching as much as people watching.
 
We are impressed when a peacock fans his plumage, but what we think doesn’t matter a whit to him. He is looking for a date for Saturday night. Is the female he is trying to impress paying attention?

No Dogs Allowed 🙁

Darwin, himself, was concerned about those cumbersome, but beautiful, tail feathers. Evolution just didn’t seem to favor a creature burdened with such a heavy back end. After much study, the great man determined that it was Mr. Peacock’s very tail feathers determining the continuation of the species. Apparently, Ms. Peahen finds those feathers and his eye spots very hot, indeed.
 

What else can you do in the park?

1. Climb - The entrance and cottage garden part of the park is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but the trails in the Preserve are not. They involve a bit of climbing, avoiding roots and rocks, and the like.
 
2. Say "I do" - Getting married? This is an ideal and affordable spot for an indoor or outdoor wedding.
 
3. Exert yourself (or don't) - What are you waiting for? Head out to beautiful Mayfield Park and Preserve. Get some exercise or just find a peaceful spot to relax.

Mayfield Park

73505 West 35th Street
Austin, TX 78703

Hours: 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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