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McKinney Falls State Park

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Fun Hiking Spot!

This park is big & great for hiking with family &/or friends! Beautiful scenery. It's about a 30... read more

Reviewed December 8, 2018
TigerTina301
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Lovely state park, close to urban Austin

Get a map at the park headquarters. Hike to both the upper falls and the lower falls. The falls... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2018
Kathy D
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, mountain biking and hiking.
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5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744-6200
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stunning nature reserve that's so close there's no excuse not to visit! Lovely waterfalls, beautiful trees, a stunning, clear-flowing creek, and an easy-to-hike trail that's great for bringing kids and dogs.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maddy K
Reviewed December 11, 2018

A state park in Austin? You know back in North Carolina we had a state park in Raleigh and it was pretty darn nice. So why not give it a shot. Wow! It is really hard to believe that this park lies within such a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rick B
Reviewed December 8, 2018

This park is big & great for hiking with family &/or friends! Beautiful scenery. It's about a 30 minute drive from downtown Austin. There's two spots of waterfalls if water is high: the lower falls & the upper falls. The front office has maps when...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 26, 2018

Nice spots for rv. Some deer out there and trails to see falls. I just wish they didn't charge the extra $6 per day per person when you rent a spot.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank debbie s
Reviewed November 18, 2018

Get a map at the park headquarters. Hike to both the upper falls and the lower falls. The falls are actually low cascades. My family visited there in October when the water is cold. But we guess that in the summer months, the creek provides...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

This is one of those places we have been meaning to visit, but somehow never got around to exploring. After a few rainy days, seeing the sun, was the incentive we needed to visit. Cannot believe we took so long to get there. We did...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank petra3continents
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Beautiful state park with lots of wildlife. The male deer were almost ready for rut with their new antlers. Lots of great birds to view. The falls were OK but not spectacular. Great place to picinic or possibly a photographer's special place.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank S8717GUdeborahr
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

We went and did some hiking. It was so pretty this time of the year. Nice and relaxing not strenuous. If you are in Austin, why not?

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kelliekimareno
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Some friends and I traveled here and hiked for a day over Labor Day weekend. It had been raining on and off and appeared to be a good time to visit, because the park wasn't too crowded. We opted not to get into the water...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lo S
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Stayed during the week with rainy days in our RV. Water and electric only, no sewer connections. Beautiful green park with the Onion Creek / McKinney Falls running through it. People swim and play during the warmer months. Park rangers super nice. Gates are locked...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CoOlJoSh
July 21, 2018|
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Response from AthensNikita | Reviewed this property |
Hard question to answer. Most of the water in the lower falls is standing depth or less, and gradual in slope. There's enough depth to cannonball off the cliffs, though -- maybe 12' at most there?
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Palav D
June 26, 2018|
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Response from H5695ETisabelm | Reviewed this property |
Mmmmm, depends on the weather. We just had tons of rain so it might be nice.
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Spencer L
June 7, 2018|
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Response from monicae459 | Reviewed this property |
The area I saw wa flowing so I think you should be ok.
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CJT3500
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Day Trip From Houstoon (9 Replies)
We will be in Houston at the end of October for the International Quilt Festival. I have no classes on Wed. so we are thinking about a day trip to Austin and perhaps one of the Hill Country Scenic Drives. (My husband likes to drive and when we lived in Monterey CA we often drove to San Francisco for dinner). Would we be crazy to leave Houston between 6 and 7 (Traffic?), to get to a campground in Austin in time to sleep? I was thinking about McKinney Falls State Park. We'd spend the day...More
August 23, 2013|
Response fromCJT3500|
We will be in Houston at the end of October for the International Quilt Festival. I have no classes on Wed. so we are thinking about a day trip to Austin and perhaps one of the Hill Country Scenic Drives. (My husband likes to drive and when we lived in Monterey CA we often drove to San Francisco for dinner). would we be crazy to leave Houston between 6 and 7, to get to a campground in Austin in time to sleep? I was thinking about McKinney Falls State Park. We'd spend the day in/around Austin,...More