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“a hot hike in the cool shade”

McKinney Falls State Park
Ranked #20 of 321 things to do in Austin
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Owner description: This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, mountain biking and hiking.
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“a hot hike in the cool shade”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

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

Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Close to Home!”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
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312 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Nice escape from the heat”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

This park is so close to Austin and has hiking, camping, swimming, and biking options. The swimming holes were crowded because it was a holiday and hot, but the trails were pretty much unpopulated. The trail paths are shared by bikers and paved in some spots, but there are nice little alcoves to sit under the cypress trees and view the water. The drought has impacted the water line a bit, but given how close this is to Austin, a quick trip over for a couple of hours is possible. The comments about the trails not being well marked around the lower falls area have merit. You could feel like you are stuck in the Matrix or Groundhog Day after a while.

Visited July 2013
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Palm Bay, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Needs more trail markers”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We visited McKinney Falls on a whim while in town for a conference. It provided a lovely way to experience the beautiful nature of Texas. We happened to be in town while lots of wildflowers were blooming, which made it more beautiful. We tried to hike around the park, but we had difficulty finding a number of the trails around the lower falls. We found other hikers in the area just hiking around in circles, trying to find the correct trail. However, I would gladly come back here to explore more of the park next time we are in town.

Visited June 2013
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“great place to workout, enjoy nature, ..., if you're in Austin.”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

$6 per person to enter. You can drive your car along the narrow path to different visitor centers and landmarks. Bring your swim gear to swim in the Upper Falls, which is a small water fall there. But check for weather condition, dry season, you'll won't find any cascading water. Then walk the different trails. It's a great place to enjoy nature if you're in the Austin, TX area. This state park is rather small, compare to other state parks in the state. The rock shelter trail is neat to see. It is near the Upper Falls, just a short 10 minute walk. Be careful in wet condition, the rocks can be very slick. Use caution when stepping up and down the trail.

Visited May 2013
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