Austin’s warm, dry weather makes warm outerwear unnecessary. Winters in Austin are mild while spring and fall are warm and ideal for pedestrian activities. Summers are overly hot, however, and extreme heat during the middle of the day can be dangerous. Many dog walkers in McKinney go out early in the morning or later in the evening to walk their furry friends when temperatures are a bit cooler. Summer storms also present a problem for pet owners. Severe thunderstorms can create a hazard to dog walkers caught in an unexpected storm. Be sky aware and check forecasts to avoid getting caught!
McKinney is bordered by Route 71 on the north, the Franklin Park neighborhood on the west, Onion Park on the south, and the Williamson Creek Greenway on the east side. The north section of the neighborhood is an industrial park with little landscaping, more traffic, and parking lots that do not create a pedestrian-friendly environment.
The residential area is made up of single-family home, and multi-family housing complexes. Homes are moderate in size but well appointed with nicely landscaped yards. The terrain in McKinney is generally flat with a few gentle inclines and is not difficult to traverse. Some areas have separate sidewalks for pedestrians and some do not. When sharing the road with vehicles, keep your dog secure, away from traffic, and walk facing oncoming vehicles for safety.
Plenty of natural areas on the borders of the neighborhood provide green space and shade to the region. These spaces harbor wildlife and the sounds of woodland critters are a frequent backdrop to evenings.
The Dove Springs District Park is on the south border of the neighborhood and features greenway trails for strolls with your pooch right in the Mckinney neighborhood. The park also has a recreation center, basketball courts, a gym, tennis and volleyball facilities, a playground, and ball fields. Mabel Davis District Park is also located in the McKinney neighborhood and park activities include skateboarding, swimming, baseball, and family picnics. Paved paths in and around the park make welcome walking trails for locals and their pups.
Just to the east, the 700-acre McKinney Falls State Park provides miles of natural and maintained trails, rock formations, views, waterfalls, fishing, camping, wildlife, and amazing picnic spots. Pack a snack and venture over with your pup for a day of exploration in this large wilderness park!
Just south, Onion Park also has natural recreation and trails to enjoy with your pup and, most importantly, an off-leash are where your dog can play!