McKinney Falls State Park

Be amazed by the gorgeous picturesque upper and lower falls along Onion Creek, explore as if you are a true adventurer. When you are at the McKinney Falls State Park two of the most adventurous sightseeing is Smith Rock Center and the ruins of McKinney's homestead. These are both registered sites on the National Register of Historic Places. This 641-acre state park is located at 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX. When you are here, let your travelers soul be free to fish, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.



Attractions –

  1. Camping & Hiking – The best part at the McKinney Falls State Park is you can enjoy camping throughout the year, in all seasons. Relax and spend your time in peace in the cozy bed. This state park offers more than 80 campsites with the necessary amenities for your comfort. Once you are done resting, go hike. McKinney Falls State Park has a large variety of hiking terrain. The journey is going to be enthralling and fun. Most of the trails are 9 miles. The popular ones are the Onion Creek trail, Rock Shelter Trail, and Lower Falls and Homestead trail. Be quick and book your stay, as camps fill up fast.


  1. Biking: Oh! If you are hopelessly in love with biking, you must visit this place. Many of the hiking trails are also available for you to ride in the mountains. You can pick the Onion Creek Trail for biking if you are looking for an easy navigation ride on a paved surface. GeoCaching is fun too, best to break the monotonous routine of daily life. Geocaching is a ‘treasure hunt’ and you need to locate the hidden items that may be camouflaged. You can use your smartphone to work it out and find the next geocache. Do you know how time passes by when the task is fun? Very fast, that is GeoCaching and add some beautiful scenery of the state park it.


  1. Fishing and Swimming – Here is good news, you don’t need a license to fish from the shore in a Texas state park. How long you can sit on your work chair and work endlessly? Instead imagine yourself sitting beside the river, fishing with a calm mind. Both Onion and Williamson creeks are your opportunity to take a break from your work life to enjoy fishing. Sunfish, largemouth bass, and catfish are the most common catches you have. McKinney Falls State Park has everything for you here, you can swim in the Onion creek too. Make sure to be aware of the water flow after a rainfall, it will give a raw and free experience of swimming. The reason behind this is that there are no lifeguards, so you should take caution.


Facts: McKinney Falls State Park is named after Thomas F. McKinney; a businessman, racehorse breeder, and rancher. Thomas owned and lived on the land in the mid-to-late 19th century.

Activities: At the park, visitors are amused by the beauty of park and opportunity of enormous activities. What are you waiting for? Come and be the one to stay here overnight in the campsites, have a biking trip, and experience hiking. Families can gather for picnicking in this picturesque park.

Plan your Visit: Guests can enter this park every day from 8 am to 10 pm. Reservations can m=be made online over a phone call; it will guarantee your entrance for the particular day. The tickets for adult costs $6 and children under 12 are free.


What to Expect: There are total 81 campsites, primitive youth camping area, fishing and swimming area, group hall for the guests. At a short drive from the park there is a museum and famous restaurant that you should visit.

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