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McKinney Falls State Park, Austin

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  • Austin is known for its green areas, but it's still hard to believe that there's an entire state park within the city boundaries - just a hop, skip and a jump from the airport. My husband and I spent ...  more »
  • This State Park is a good one for camping. It is located within Austin, but you wouldn't know it was. The camping spots were great because it was a semi-circle drive in for your trailer. No backing in...  more »
  • Wanted a place to stretch our legs after a few days of watching the racing at COTA. Close to the airport/our hotel. We took a couple hours to walk the Onion Creek trail. It's less than 3 miles so can ...  more »
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  • I thought this place was pretty fun, but I didn't get to explore its entirety. Most of our time was spent in the upper falls because the lower falls had dried up (so no swimming=( ). The pool is a nice sized area under some rocks. There is one small cliff that kids like to jump off of. The terrain is rocky and it is a fun little hike around the pool. Around the pool, there are larger rocks which are nice to lie on. You can bring your animals and there are different trails and areas to explore. Great especially if you have kids because the area is big enough to explore, but small enough where you can keep an eye on them. I did see a lot of trash which was so not cool and the water is not the cleanest but was sun warmed. Make sure to be careful when getting around the pool because the terrain is very rocky and uneven requiring some climbing up and down and some of the rocks are very slippery. In fact, getting back up, my husband's shoe accidentally fell out of the bag because the walk was so bumpy and we didn't even notice. Yeah... maybe check out my pics so you know what the area looks like. We just went for a day trip, but I imagine camping out here would be fun. Camp sites are very nearby so if you want to swim the upper falls are just right there. I did notice that there were a variety of trails that the park offers of differing difficulty levels and distances (some were like 0.11 miles, others longer) This was a pretty fun little excursion that I would recommend.
  • Beautiful park. Plenty of parking at the trail head. Swimming holes are beautiful and full of waterfalls. On occasion we've been down on the weekends around 11 or 12 and are told the park is already at capacity. Small camping store with some essentials like bug spray and flashlights, but you're better off grabbing your own beforehand at a better price.
  • It's amazing that you can have a state park like this practically in the middle of Austin. Is small but very nice and has nice and interesting trails and is a fun place to swim as well. We enjoyed hiking biking and swimming, AND being close enough to visit downtown Austin as well.
  • We went here for a club camping trip, and it was a hot day. We were hoping to go for a swim, but it was dried up at the lower falls. The higher falls had water, but it was ok. The water wasn't as cold as Barton Spring, and it could get really deep. Watch over kids. At the camp site, there was a picnic table, a grill, and a square area to set up a tent. It was difficult setting up the tent since it seemed like we were digging into cement. Our camping spot had trees overhead, which provided nice shading during the day, but we couldn't see the stars at night.
  • The falls are beautiful, but I saw a good bit of trash around the main swimming area. Great for a quick camping trip fix or a day trip. I think the only things I didn't like about it was that the drive to the park lacked an amazing landscape. It was more like trailer parks beside huge money filled housing developments, and that it cost 20 a night to camp.

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