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McKinney Falls State Park, Austin

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
McKinney Falls State Park is a state park in Austin, Texas, United States at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson Creek. It is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park opened on April 15, 1976 and is named after Thomas F. McKinney, a businessman, race horse breeder and rancher, who owned and lived on the land in the mid-to-late 19th century. The park is part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

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  • Went here to fill time while visiting Austin. It was worth the time. Cool falls and scenery. I did not like that you had to wade through the river to follow the trail to the other side. It's not fun.....  more »
  • We really enjoyed the day at the park. We hiked alot and found the trails to be well kept. Just keep in mind, the day pass is not an in and out, so bring your lunch! You can get your tickets...  more »
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  • We had the chance to camp at McKinney and it was wonderful! Great camping sites and easy walks to the upper and lower falls. I would recommend going before it gets to hot, and be sure and get to the falls in the early morning before they let the public in. ( if you are camping) If you are not camping, get there early! The parking lots get full quick. Just a quick note that if you are camping with dogs, they are not allowed in the water at any location and there are a ton of burrs that get stuck in their fur. Other than that it was a great place to camp.
  • 2 beautiful swimming holes & some nice beach/rock areas around. A refreshing change for us city folks!Quite clean. Perfect for older kids & teens (not beginning swimmers) or adults. Water is a bit murky (maybe due to limestone?) & algae on 1 side apparently makes it unsafe for dogs to drink. (No point bringing your dog unless that changes.) We enjoyed working our way down and exploring the upper pool, then jumping off the middle rock. Lovely temperature! Get to know the pool first; there are some rocks hidden under the surface even near the jumping side. Slippery! Wear water shoes.
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