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McKinney Falls State Park, Austin

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  • We went for a walk at this park on a warm day in December. The falls area was popular with families and their dogs, people sitting on blankets. The picnic area was huge, clean, and deserted. We had a ...  more »
  • We walked to the falls, the lower were better than the upper falls, Semi anticlimactic. Wouldn’t recommend going in December. We wanted to do the Homestead trail but the river was impassable. The trai...  more »
  • Spent about 2 hours here in October as part of a Texas vacation. Some nice walking with some good views on the river. Cost about $6 a person. Can spend a couple of hours at state park. If in the area,...  more »
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  • Cool little bolder rocks you can climb and enjoy. Beautiful little water fall, trails are really mellow if you looking for a easy jog or casual trail ride with friends or kids. Then there is the historic portion of it that really just makes the park interested. The landmarks are insanely cool and preserved but to know the house was built in 1840s and the mill a few years after is just crazy to think. If you bring your dogs, be mindful there are a lot of kids and other people with dogs; many of those owners don't seem to have much control over their dogs and will pull to your dogs faces. Just because they say their dog is "friendly" doesn't mean my dogs (or yours) will see the same view as those owners. Dogs aren't humans and have a whole different psychology and view on events happening in front of them. Please, please be mindful of others with pets. As someone with two dogs in training and have a line of friends that a dog trainers... Don't be afraid to tell others their dogs are causing your dogs stress with their body language.
  • We camped here in our travel trailer for three night in October 2017 during a long road trip. It's hard to believe that you are in the midst of a large urban area. Lovely park, very accommodating staff and nice wooded campsites. Saw a good variety of wildlife, including deer and red-tail hawks. Despite being fairly close to the airport, the flight paths don't go near the park.
  • We visited this place in the heat of the Texas summer, in the middle of the day, so we didn't feel like sticking around TOO long, but we had lunch beneath a large tree and walked around a bit. It's most famous for a beautiful river which runs through it - a river everyone was bathing in: families, young people, etc. Everyone was having a great time in the clean, running river. The water has carved out some great spots in the rock, and there were places to vault off into the air and land with a splash in the aquamarine pools below. My wife and I had fun walking down one of the trails a ways, and a park ranger helped us pick the trail with the most shade. Maybe don't go in the hottest part of a summer's day like we did, but otherwise, you should definitely stop by.
  • This park has nice landscape and it's huge enough that you can spend all day to visit all the spots on foot, and riding mountain bike would be another enjoyable and challenging choice. It's very comfortable to walk though trails during winter(but it might be too hot for summer time). 4 stars since part of trails are under construction and the warning sign is not clear.
  • Limestone has significantly worn away since the last time I visited. We toured the campsites, too. There are two nice loops of around 40 sites each. This state park does not have sewer connections for camper vehicles, but it has electric and water. We also saw some deer wandering around.

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