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McKinney Falls State Park

 
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy. Austin, TX 78744
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Preserved in the park are the ruins of his trainer's cabin and the stabilized ruins of his own homestead. Information on Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use is interpreted in the Smith Visitor Center. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife observation are other activities.

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July 18, 2013, 9:10 p.m. - KellyK permalink
Great place for hiking and swimming. The water is nice and cool after a long, hot hike. The falls are quite lovely. It can get pretty crowded but everyone is friendly and you can usually find a spot to hang out. Dogs are welcome here too!
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July 14, 2013, 11:49 a.m. - RGCG permalink
This park is so convenient to Austin. We stay here often. We love the hiking & biking trails. Nice, roomy campsites. Problem lately, the last 2 times we complained about the showers having no pressure and cold water right after you start taking a shower. So far nothing has been done to correct this problem as of the end of June 2013. The chiggers are very bad here. Both of us suffered for quite a while after leaving the park. Use bug spray! The staff has been very friendly so far. This park is a regular stop for us.
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Jan. 24, 2013, 11:59 a.m. - ANTONIO JOSE F permalink
Really cool! An inner Austin area park. Well-conserved and well-signalized. I've got the luck of meeting a deer female with his cub first time I visited McKinney Falls State Park.
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Nov. 5, 2012, 9:48 a.m. - Eddie McKe permalink
One of the biggest and the best state parks found completely within a big city. Lots of people use it as a park to get started camping before moving on to other parks, but I like to keep coming back. Weekdays and winter camping are my favorites.
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Jacob E.
May 9, 2013
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Been here a couple of times for day trips and finally decided to take the kiddos camping overnight. The sites are nice, as are the restrooms, and there is...
Aaryn P.
April 23, 2013
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I really like McKinney Falls State Park. Today was my second visit - I hadn't been since I first moved to Austin a few years ago. There were plenty of...
Brigitte T.
April 16, 2013
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This is a great place to bring the family and go camping, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, fishing, and to enjoy the wildlife. Swimming is allowed in...
 
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Examiner.com
Austin's Oasis with two waterfalls. Camp, hike, bike and explore!
 
David Schlenk
David Schlenk
excellent camping! cheap place to stay in Austin and you can fish without a license on site. firewood was expensive and rather damp.
 
Bill Lucas
Bill Lucas
Awesome campground! Drought doesn't do falls justice. Feet first if jumping off rocks!
 
Austin 360
Austin 360
The trail at McKinney Falls State Park is great 3-mile beginners course for mountain bikers. Take a dip in Onion Creek to cool down post-ride.
 
Zach Hale
Zach Hale
Showers are nice and hot and are free!
 
Doris Spencer
Doris Spencer
Nice for walking and picnicing!
 
Josh Dale
Josh Dale
Great place for the whole family, including interpretive trails for beginners and intermediate trails for the daily hiker. Check out the lower falls during the summer if the bacteria count is low.
 
Kat McTee
Kat McTee
Close in, far out.
 
Ariana Heinrich
Ariana Heinrich
Don't forget to check out the ruins by the lower falls, shelter rock, & the old school curling iron in the visitor's center.(women would put it in the fire to get it hot & then curl their hair)
 
Deanna
Deanna
Te water is super filthy disgusting & smells bad. I'm seriously concerned about my ladybits after getting in.
 
Frankie jAy
Frankie jAy
great place to go campin.....
 
Rachel Enriquez
Rachel Enriquez
yehhh! frank andd beannnsss :)
 
Byron Miller
Byron Miller
Keep the parks beautiful, pack out more than you pack in. If you blame the park rangers for trash in our state parks, you're doing it wrong!
 
Chris Pellegrino
Chris Pellegrino
On the south east side of Austin, McKinney Falls has plenty of water, waterfalls, and camping grounds for fun.
 
Christopher Clearman
Christopher Clearman
Come in late spring to see wonders!
 
Katie Fitz
Katie Fitz
Bring lots of water! None available along the homestead or flint rock trails. Two cool swimming holes in the park
 
Karri Sanchez
Karri Sanchez
All dried up. Pretty scene but not worth it without falls advertised
 
GeekyExplorers
GeekyExplorers
Beautiful state park convenient to downtown Austin.
 
Monica Rae Ybarra-Torres
Monica Rae Ybarra-Torres
Great place, bring plenty of water and food for a great picnic! Staff was very informative and nice.
 
Jennifer Catron
Jennifer Catron
Onion Creek Bike Trail is easy and fun! A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
 
 
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