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McKinney Falls State Park

Trail, Park, and Campground
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  • Ariana H.
    "... out the ruins by the lower falls, shelter rock, & the old school curling..."(4 Tips)
    Stephen H.
    "Great hiking and biking trails and an awesome swimming hole"(3 Tips)
    Chris P.
    "south east side of Austin"(2 Tips)
    Jennifer C.
    "Onion Creek Bike Trail is easy and fun!"(3 Tips)
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  • Lorna
    LornaFebruary 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Upper Falls swimming hole.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MaiselJanuary 3, 2016
    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.
  • Berenice F.
    Berenice FerreroMay 12, 2015
    It's a great place to picnic, enjoy nature, swim and biking. Very clean and organized.
  • Austin Fine Properties
    On the southeast side of Austin, McKinney Falls State Park is the perfect escape from the city with minimal driving distance.
  • wolfie M.
    wolfie MJune 2, 2013
    Took the kids here, it was sadly overwhelmed with trash. Used diapers, bottles and tp on the ground and in the water. Told a ranger - they DON'T care! Won't be back.
  • Byron M.
    Byron MillerOctober 20, 2013
    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!
  • Bill L.
    Bill LucasMay 29, 2011
    Awesome campground! Drought doesn't do falls justice. Feet first if jumping off rocks!
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher ClearmanDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to hike and swim!
  • Frankie j.
    Frankie jAySeptember 9, 2013
    great place to go campin.....
  • Zach H.
    Zach HaleApril 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Showers are nice and hot and are free!
  • Tyrone B.
    Tyrone BixbyJuly 3, 2016
    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.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PellegrinoAugust 2, 2013
    On the south east side of Austin, McKinney Falls has plenty of water, waterfalls, and camping grounds for fun.
  • Doris S.
    Doris SpencerMarch 26, 2010
    Nice for walking and picnicing!
  • Jean C.
    Jean CurtisJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Jean C.
    Jean CurtisDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice and quiet. Large RV sites. Plenty of privacy.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FitzJuly 7, 2013
    Bring lots of water! None available along the homestead or flint rock trails. Two cool swimming holes in the park
  • Deanna
    DeannaJune 2, 2013
    Te water is super filthy disgusting & smells bad. I'm seriously concerned about my ladybits after getting in.
    Downvoted 6 days ago
  • Bobby
    BobbyAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great camping inside a city! Aside from the occasional airplane noise, you feel "removed."
  • Ariana H.
    Ariana HeinrichJune 9, 2013
    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)
  • GeekyExplorers
    GeekyExplorersFebruary 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful state park convenient to downtown Austin.
  • Karri S.
    Karri SanchezJuly 3, 2013
    All dried up. Pretty scene but not worth it without falls advertised
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CatronNovember 18, 2013
    Onion Creek Bike Trail is easy and fun! A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel EnriquezMarch 18, 2011
    yehhh! frank andd beannnsss :)
  • Jen T.
    Jen TamMarch 30, 2013
    Cool place
  • Monica Rae Y.
    Monica Rae Ybarra-TorresFebruary 21, 2014
    Great place, bring plenty of water and food for a great picnic! Staff was very informative and nice.
  • Kristin H.
    Kristin HoenickeJune 18, 2011
    We love swimming/floating in the upper falls area. Watch for snakes (they will leave you alone.)
  • Jean C.
    Jean CurtisDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bathroom showers need updating. Water was "warm" & shower head was frozen in place. They were clean though. :-)
  • Ninjarider
    NinjariderFebruary 9, 2013
    Great campsite.
  • Kat M.
    Kat McTeeMarch 16, 2010
    Close in, far out.
  • Roger W.
    Roger WillisSeptember 3, 2015
    Interesting park. Not many big fish.
  • Bobby
    BobbyAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Near a restroom but lacks the shade that other sites enjoy.
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comFebruary 10, 2011
    Austin's Oasis with two waterfalls. Camp, hike, bike and explore! Read more
  • Sara H.
    Sara HusteadAugust 27, 2015
    I volunteer here. Great park.
  • Kerry P.
    Kerry Pudas2 days ago
    Beautiful view with waterfall
  • Tiger T.
    Tiger TNovember 9, 2015
    Beautiful water hole. Check out the ancient hidden native American trail. Great place for friends and family get togethers!
  • Josh D.
    Josh DaleJanuary 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalMarch 15, 2015
    Trails are beautiful.. There are plenty of picnic benches throughout the trails for picnics or bbq time..
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurFebruary 16, 2016
    Amazing place to hike bike and picnic.
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HadleyMarch 27, 2012
    Great hiking and biking trails and an awesome swimming hole
  • Austin 360
    Austin 360March 29, 2012
    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.
  • David S.
    David SchlenkApril 22, 2010
    excellent camping! cheap place to stay in Austin and you can fish without a license on site. firewood was expensive and rather damp.
  • Berenice F.
    Berenice FerreroMay 12, 2015
    It's a great place to relax, picnic and enjoy the nature. Very organized, clean and full of adventures.
  • David P.
    David PittsMarch 1, 2016
    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
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher ClearmanJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come in late spring to see wonders!
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanNovember 15, 2015
    Cool park to explore. Parking at $6/per person is oftly pricey.
  • James B.
    James BatesNovember 14, 2016
    Unimpressive waterfalls and a $6 per person entry fee
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly ReneeDecember 7, 2016
    Hiking, biking, swimming.
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