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River Ranch County Park

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In the Texas hill country, between Leander and Liberty Hill, River Ranch County Park preserves and conserves over 1,300 acres of former ranch land along the South Fork San Gabriel River.  Owned and operated by Williamson County’s Parks Department, the land will offer visitors miles of hiking, biking, and riding trails along with tent and RV campsites.  The Day-Use area features a large pavilion, playground, horseshoe pits, and a 4,800 square foot Interpretive Center for exhibits, events, and classes.

Design of the buildings takes cues from the agrarian vernacular and intense Texas heat.  Expansive, corrugated metal roofs with deep overhangs provide much needed respite from the summer sun and afford ample gathering space.  The simple form and understated exterior is complemented by a punch of color on the underside of the roof that defines a reference point for the landscape’s seasonal greens and creates a unique sense of place – subtly distinguishing this park from others in visitors’ visual memory.

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