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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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Jeffeory H.
Dec. 2, 2016
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This is a very nice state park that has some of the best scenery near Austin. The staff are friendly and always there if you had any questions. We stayed...
Shell C.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Beautiful place to take pictures and do a quick hike! Very dog and kid friendly. The water was clear and there were a lot of cool rocks to explore. We...
Ann S.
Nov. 29, 2016
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First time coming here. Entrance fee: $6 per person There are 7 trails. Hiked probably 3 of them. Saw the Upper Falls and Lower Falls. Did all of that in...
 
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Examiner.com
Examiner.com
Austin's Oasis with two waterfalls. Camp, hike, bike and explore!
 
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)
 
Megan Maisel
Megan Maisel
Park suffered major damage in Oct. 2015 floods. Several trails are closed, but they hope to open them before Spring Break 2016. Lower falls are open and good for a visit.
 
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!
 
GeekyExplorers
GeekyExplorers
Beautiful state park convenient to downtown Austin.
 
Jean Curtis
Jean Curtis
Best bathroom showers are over at the screened shelter area. No one was camping over there and they have 5 showers per gender. Warm bathrooms, good water pressure.
 
David Pitts
David Pitts
Great bike trail that's in ok shape, never really feel like you're out of the city though. The falls are definitely worth seeing though and there are some cool ruins
 
Divya Mulanjur
Divya Mulanjur
Amazing place to hike bike and picnic.
 
Christopher Clearman
Christopher Clearman
Great place to hike and swim!
 
Terence Chan
Terence Chan
Cool park to explore. Parking at $6/per person is oftly pricey.
 
Tony T
Tony T
Beautiful water hole. Check out the ancient hidden native American trail. Great place for friends and family get togethers!
 
Tyrone Bixby
Tyrone Bixby
One of the greatest Texas State Parks I've been to. Beautiful scenery and waterhole is awesome. Hit the 'Lower Falls' for a better family experience.
 
 
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