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McKinney Falls State Park

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Address: 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744
Phone Number: 512-243-1643
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Mountain biking, Hiking
Description: This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation...
This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, mountain biking and hiking.
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Gorgeous park but needs better signage

Really enjoyed visiting the park for a few hours on our trip to Austin. Hiked the 2.8 mile loop trail and to both falls which we liked a lot. The wildflowersand cacti were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Annie B
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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Fantastic spot to camp, trailer, RV or tent! They have showers and bathrooms. Very clean. The camp sites are spaced so your not right on top of one another. You are only seven miles from Circuit of the Americas race track. If you need a place to stay with your RV and pulling a trailer behind you, this is the... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Really enjoyed visiting the park for a few hours on our trip to Austin. Hiked the 2.8 mile loop trail and to both falls which we liked a lot. The wildflowersand cacti were blooming in abundance along the loop and they were a sight to behold as we'd never seen anything like that before. I wish that rangers or park... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Beautiful park. We camped at the youth group primitive site which was very nice for a big group but had no shade during the day. The park's paved walking/bike trail was beautiful and had a ton of shade. Wildflowers were in bloom and beautiful! The falls area were nice in the early morning but by midday the day visitors had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Took my 5 year-old here today and we had a beautiful time. The lower falls in my opinion is better. There's a path before you get to the water that will take you down to the pool the falls feeds into. Even though it's not quiet summer the water feels great! We got in! The trails have lots of shade... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The park features in part a pretty unique geological formation. The ground leading to the river/falls is very uneven and looks like many curious potholes. I wonder how they were formed. Boulders grinding what was originally the bottom of the river, perhaps? The park has the largest trees I've seen in Austin, probably because they are right next to the... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It's worth a visit to see the top and bottom falls, some huge fish just above the lower falls and all the people we saw were catching nothing.....the falls are really good, just not that much of interest inbetween.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Spent a weekend at McKinney Falls SP and really enjoyed the park and the falls. It is an urban getaway, close to Austin and near the airport but for all of the noise and traffic close by it was a green oasis on the banks of Onion Creek. The falls, both the upper and lower falls, were running good, the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited McKinney Falls State Park because it was close to our hotel and something we wanted to see. We spent about 3 hours in the park visited both the upper and lower falls areas. We walked along some of the trails along Onion Creek and just watch the fish and turtles in the water. It was a very pleasant... More 

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Bridge City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We went at the end of March for a day trip. The temperature was pleasant and the crowd was light. There were many picnic tables and we took advantage and used one for lunch by the river. This was our first trip there and we'll be back!

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El Sobrante, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The kiosk staff was happy to take our $6.00 per person, but didn't tell us that the visitor center, restrooms and some of the trails were closed for repairs. Even though there wasn't much water, we enjoyed the short walk to the falls and saw several different types of pond turtles. Spring wildflowers were great.

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