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McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744
512-243-1643
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Ranked #61 of 182 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking
Description: This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, mountain biking and hiking.
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The RV Sites are very nice. Each site has water and electricity with a dump station nearby. There are pull through sites as well. The sites are very large and have fire rings and picnic tables. This state campground is quite hidden in the city limits of Austin so follow directions very carefully. Worth the time to find it. The... More

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Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Need rain for falls!!! Other than that...great trails. Roomy camp sites of all kinds. Need to bring back primitive camping.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Great place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of Austin! Best for biking/hiking, the swimming hole is okay, but pretty low during the summer. The best time to go is after a rainstorm. The gristmill and homestead are cool to check out and there is a ton of picnic tables close to the water. Camping is available, but there... More

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wonderful facilities, clean and maintained, loved the river and waterfall for cooling off. Trails were well maintained. Bathrooms were cleaned regularly, only problem was the bugs in the sink and showers, but hey, you're camping...suck it up buttercup!

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Chelsea, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Due to a protracted drought in the region, the falls are currently trickles. This is no one's fault and should not detract from one's opinion, or one's experience. The camp sites are shady, private. The place was quiet, other campers were enjoying the peace, like me. You must share your swim with fish and turtles. The high and low falls... More

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Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Out of the 15 or so state parks my family has visited throughout the years, this one was by far the worst experience of them all. The rangers were extremely rude, and their parking rules were ridiculous. They wouldn't allow vehicles to park side by side even if there was room for it, and offered citations if you did. The... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

False advertising. Go swimming and fishing. But you made like you just drive to the water and get in.you need to some rock climbing. Ir if there is an easer way to get in.lable a path.met people coming back out tgat coildnt get in the water.they were pretty mad.now I know why.so younger kids can make it downdown the steep... More

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Seabrook, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

McKinney Falls State Park does not look like the pictures on the website! I can't put my finger on it, but I just don't care for this park. There are a number of small things that add up to a negative experience. Be careful how you park your vehicle because if you don't park one car directly behind the other... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
57 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Little to see here. There are some places to get out and walk, but the falls are very, very small. I assume they are more impressive right after a rain, but when I was there the stream flowing over was tiny. The area is nice and I don't regret taking a couple of hours to get "out of the city"... More

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Corpus Christi
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We went to the park specifically for the waterfalls. They were completely dried up and the water was disgusting with trash floating in it. We were misinformed by the state website, because the headquarters office actually closed 1.5 hours before the website said. The $12 it cost was completely wasted ... I will give the falls another chance but this... More

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