Bundle up and head outdoors! Lullwater Park is a haven for kids, with an old mill to see, a 210 ft long suspension bridge to cross, mini water falls to behold, and much to explore.
Most people familiar with the park will tell you that it is lovely, but parking is cruel. Recently I went there, and learned this the hard way. However, after 45 minutes of wandering around, I found a solution! Shhhh. Don’t tell your friends.
Don’t go into the main entrance! Head to the side, on Houston Mill Road. On the left you will see Hahn Forest Park. There is a small parking area for this park, but for us it was empty! Park here, and then take the trail under the road toward Lullwater. You will hike a trail along the Yerkes fence line for about 10 minutes or so. This trail will lead you right to the suspension bridge. You can cross the suspension bridge and hike the forest loop. We were anxious to see the ruins, so we played on the bridge a little bit, but ultimately did not cross it. We stayed straight on our hike only a few hundred yards to the mill ruins, “waterfall” and sand play area behind the Lullwater mansion!
Please let me know how this secret works for you! I can’t wait to go back!