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McKinney Falls State Park

Address: 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744
Phone Number: 512-243-1643
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Ranked #84 of 400 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking
Owner description: This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, mountain biking and hiking.

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College Station, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I would rate this park higher, if it weren't for the unfortunate quantity of litter and trash in the river and along the banks. We went to take photos of the falls, which are lovely, but had a hard time framing them, even with a telephoto lens, without catching some piece of debris. I'm fairly certain that most of it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We were looking for a state park close to home and decided to check this one out after a friend went there earlier in the week. We took our dogs (everyone had their dogs on leashes) and walked around on the trail until we got the the "lower" part of the falls. There was a beautiful waterfall that everyone gravitated... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

We went here as a warm up ride for the USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals hoping to find some nice dirt trails. Unfortunately, the entire Onion Creek loop trail was blacktop. OK, but not what we were expecting. Tried to get to the Homestead Trail, but jumping over the rocks and water at the Lower Falls was too sketchy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Camped here a couple nights & enjoyed the hiking & swimming! Very calm atmosphere! Will be back next year!

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omaha, ne
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Quiet, neatly kept state park with many hiking trails and lots of wildlife. A very peaceful oasis which is very close to everything in Austin. Loved it. Would stay here again. Nice RV sites with good hookups for our big rig. Very friendly and helpful staff. Clean and well-kept sites and facilities.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This is whart camping should be...our pull-through was so easy to get into and then you were surrounded by woods and our picnic table with a fire pit and grill were in a neat little "woodsy" area and you felt like you were really camping...and NOT in a "parking lot" type so spot. we had a fire going and then... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Due to flooding in 2013 many areas of the park were inaccessible. Noise from a nearby shooting range (?) detracted from what should be a quiet park experience. The waterfalls were pretty, but not spectacular.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

There are probably better places in and around Austin, but this is a pretty neat park to visit at least once. We came here for a Sunday picnic and spent a couple of hours sitting in the water. The waterfall area was actually pretty crowded, but the grassy parts of the park were nice and clean and quiet.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Just minutes away and 6 bucks per person, this park is sure to delight! We really liked Lower Falls area. It had recently rained so the water was really flowing! The Onion Creek trail was mostly shaded so it was good for a hike on a warm day.

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a day out at McKinney falls state park. We felt that $6 per person day use represented good value for a day in this attractive park. As always, we found the welcome friendly and helpful when we bought our pass. We parked close to the lower falls (well, more of a dribble, really). It was... More 

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