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McKinney Falls State Park

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Address: 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744-6200
Phone Number:
+1 512-243-1643
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00

This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation...

This tranquil, 641-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, mountain biking and hiking.

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We camped here for 4 nights. What a lovely park right close to the city of Austin. It was a perfect place to base our daily adventures in the city. Easy access to highway and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful campsite with electric and water hook ups, along with a fire ring. There were many hikes we unfortunate did not have time to explore, but both the upper falls and lower falls were absolutely gorgeous. A fun, wonderful getaway for one or for many.

Thank Haley F
Olney, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a good deal of time hiking McKinney Falls State Park. We did not see a lot of other people which was nice. It was pretty but far from amazing. A good hike if you have time but not a must do in Austin.

Thank Drew D
College Station, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first time my son (14) and I visited McKinney Falls it had been raining a lot, so Onion creek was flooded and closed in one section. The current was incredibly dangerous, but the views were still amazing. We camped out and spent the night at the park, rode our bikes and went by the lower falls to enjoy watching... More 

Thank Gabriela F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We camped here for 4 nights. What a lovely park right close to the city of Austin. It was a perfect place to base our daily adventures in the city. Easy access to highway and downtown. Lots of trails and an upper and lower falls area. Swim at your own risk but a great place to cool off on a... More 

Thank just1backpack
Austin, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I just visited McKinney Falls last week. The weather was gorgeous. Our two small dogs did well walking along the trail. I even got a few photos. I saw a fisherman with a alligator gar fish in his net. It was quite something to see.

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of trails that wind through various topographies to interesting, and accessible views of the falls. (I walking right up to them close enough for you?) The Bluebonnets were glorious spring of '17!

Thank markstorey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on a whim and had a wonderful time. The price was right ($6 for adults / kids were free. The walk to both the lower and upper falls was easy. Falls were great to see and just beautiful. Took us just about 15 minutes minutes from downtown Austin to the state park gate.

Thank BomMomMB
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So close to South Austin. Lots of families come here. It is a great place to unwind and cool off in the hot summer sun. I'm pretty sure you can BYOB as long as it is not glass obviously and concealed. If you expose your alcohol then you can get fined. I spent forever and a day trying to decide... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spacious, clean, and pretty. Good hiking trails. Beautiful falls. The staff were pleasant and we felt safe.

Thank LizzieBliss
Shreveport, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited McKinney Falls in September after searching for something to do while in Round Rock for an Express baseball game. This place did not disappoint! It was a short and easy walk to the swimming areas. We didn't swim but enjoyed admiring the beautiful rocks, water and trees.

Thank Joyce S

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