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McKinney Falls State Park, Austin

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  • Loved fishing here with locals ! Later went for a bit a hike.Its gret to me in the nature and thats what you get in McKinney Falls.  more »
  • Went with my son. We hiked and talked. When he was younger he learned to fish. Love the closeness to Austin. Be aware that shockingly Austin is hot in the summer. Much better in the spring or fall.  more »
  • Great day trip for locals looking for something to do OUTDOORS ;)... Hike and look around, play in the water, makes it easy to pretend you enjoy whoever's company you happen to be in ;)  more »
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  • What a great state park! We came right after some good rains, during Blue Bonnet season. Absolutely spectacular Blue Bonnets! Some fun trails, beautiful falls, and great picnic tables at which to eat our lunches. Admission is per person. As of this writing, $6 for a regular adult, with discounts for children (12 and under). 65 and older can get a discount by signing up for a "lifetime" membership card. I think. I still have many years before I am eligible for that, so I'm going off of memory for what my mom did.
  • This is a really cool state park that is in dire Ned of some love and care. The scenery is beautiful, very picturesque. Our campsite was very nice.The sites are nicely spread out and feel very private. This is about 20-25 minutes from downtown Austin, but surprisingly, there are no nearby stores or restaurants. The bathrooms were tired. Clean and functional but they are long past needing simple repairs (like replacing missing tile). Most things we saw seemed like maintenance issues the park staff should be taking care of. There is a "paved" bike trail that was rougher than most off road trails I go on. Quite simply, this is a beautiful place that is not being kept up.
  • Beautiful park... Be prepared to get wet. The only way to get to the northern part of the trails is by jumping over the waterfalls ( please note that there are other trails that don't require you to cross here)... At first glance they don't seem that intimidating until you are right on them. If you are with small children, this will be difficult to jump. There is a low water crossing through the river but, you will need good hiking shoes or, if the weather is good, just go for a nice swim! We went when it was cold and the idea of getting wet was not even an option. We did have good boots so we did do some small river crossings without having to be miserable the rest of the trip. Nothing is worse than being wet and cold. We had our daughter with us and she was not confident about jumping the waterfall so we decided to turn around and check out the southern part of the park instead. We agreed we would go back in the summer. Beautiful trails...great park for families. I would however recommend that the trails be labeled a little better. It was a little confusing. We loved it still and can't wait to come back when we can swim in the pool near the falls.
  • Spectacular and quiet place to walk or mountain bike around. Several parking lots make this site easy to get to. But, could be s long line of cars waiting to get through a singular bottleneck entrance point. Worth the wait though. Connoisseurs of geological rock formations will have much to look at. On a hot day, bring water!
  • If you want an inexpensive place to stay in Austin, this is the place. RV sites have electric and water. A dump station is conveniently located at the beginning of the campground. The showers were great, but we had a bit of a walk to get there. Highly recommended.
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