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“Nice adventure right in your back yard.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744
512-243-1643
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Ranked #87 of 396 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Mountain biking, Hiking
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Owner description: This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, mountain biking and hiking.
Houston, Texas
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26 attraction reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Nice adventure right in your back yard.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We a family of 6 (young children) camped for two nights, enjoyed the hike through the overhang cave and visiting the 500 yr old cypress tree, swam in both upper and lower falls and visiting the farm ruins.

Camping- beautiful sites! Noisy the first night with what sounded like someone next to us was having a fiesta all night. Second night was quite peaceful (it was a sunday night). The bathrooms were not the cleanest I've ever seen at a campground- but not the worst either.

Swimming in the upper falls/lower falls- pros: warm waters, great for kids, cliffs to jump off of, beautiful! Cons: slippery rocks the kids kept falling on, smokers and crowded on saturday.

It was well worth the trip! We will be going back soon- but perhaps on a weekday too avoid so many people.

Visited July 2013
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Friendswood, Texas, United States
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“fun but make sure your on trail”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

site was awesome, nice and spread out. staff was super helpful and friendly. sight did have ants and sticker burrs but was only a problem for the one dog but spray near fire pit to get ants away. we truly enjoyed sight due to shade, and space. tent pad in addition to camper spot was nice. trails were nice, good for bikes and walking. but so many people have cut thru or utility trails that are not marked ended up on dead ends alot. trails are not marked at all or very poorly. need some not this way/dead end signs. cause map shows no off shoots but when come to a split not sure which way to go. bathrooms clean and convenient. park is more spread out, so long walk with dogs, so ended up driving asclose as possible to trails and then walking. water was nice and cool. ultimate puddle jumpers paradise in the limestone. saw 3 snakes, that didnt bother us, bunnies/deer/a mouse/birds!

Visited July 2013
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“Great place to bike and cool off in the pools!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We brought our bikes and plenty of water and had a great time. The pools are very nice and refreshing!

The paved bike trail is really nice, but beware there are some hills! Bring water to spare!

Visited July 2013
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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“a hot hike in the cool shade”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Beautiful scenery, friendly & helpful rangers. Bring your swimsuits - there's some nice swimming here!

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Austin, Texas
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Close to Home!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

It's hard to believe we have such a nice state park this close to home, though we could have wished for a cooler day to go. But that's what you get when you go anywhere in Texas in July. Our first stop was the Lower Falls area. Given the drought conditions, there's not much by way of falls going on and we felt too uncomfortable with the murkiness of the water to get in. There were still a number of people fishing the area though. Looking to beat the heat, we headed for the Upper Falls to see how things looked from up there. There's your money spot! Yes, it's crowded and unless you want to jump from the rock overhang, you'll need to make your way around to the other side of the pool area to drop your stuff and wade in. The water is refreshingly cool and it really did a great job of cooling down our overheated bodies. Take the trail past the Upper Falls area and you'll find lots of tree shaded picnic areas. Countless trails you can hike or bike, an abundance of restrooms and plenty of outdoor camping if that's your thing. It's a place that begs to be explored in the Spring and Fall time.

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