Mckinney Falls State ParkCurrently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
- Address: 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744, United States, 78744
- Timings: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1512-2431643
- Ticket Price: 6 USD
- Tags: Mountain, Trail, Park, Camp, Waterfall, Hiking Trail, Biking Trail, Tour, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Water Sport, Rock Climbing, Picnic Spot, Nature, Landmarks, Parks
Austin is a dream for athletically inclined people and nature lovers, with all its hiking trails and vast natural beauty. McKinney Falls State Park is yet another oasis of green loveliness that the city nestles in within its borders. Mossy grottoes, trickling waterfalls and a refreshing pool will greet those who make the trek downwards and though a little taxing, it’s well worth the walk. You can fill your lungs up with the fresh air atop your mountain bike, maybe spend a few quiet hours fishing or learn about the natural wildlife and greenery via a guided tour.
In the 70’s, the park was named an official Texas State Park but it ran into trouble in 1981. Swimming in the pool was banned for 12 years after that but has now re-opened much to the delight of park visitors. The park stretches out over 641 acres of land and makes for perfect camping grounds, a quality that is fully put to use by local Austinites. Upon reaching, you can go on a guided tour, the highlight of which will be the stunning ‘Upper Falls’ and ‘Lower Falls’, located in the southern part of the park, just a mile away from the entrance. Try to visit when the water levels are high so that you can experience the sparkling, spouting water at its best. If you’ve planned a trip during a dry season, worry not, there are all kinds of things you can still do.
Cyclists, hikers, mountain climbers and other outdoor aficionados fill up these multi-purpose trails, all looking forward to a refreshing swim after spending all their energy under the sun. Families will be delighted with the designated picnic areas, where you can dine amongst the trees, shrubs and little animals. Many people camp out here as well, so you can hitch up your tent and sleep under the stars after a small meal by the pool. Make sure you grab a park map upon arrival so that you can see all the spots demarcated for picnicking, camping and exploration.
- Recommended duration of visit could be 1 hour or overnight.
- Wear appropriate shoes for the journey and exploration.
- Carry food and beverages.
- The park also has group facilities, including a Group Recreation Hall with a Kitchen, a Group Primitive Area for non-profit sponsored youth groups, and an amphitheater.
- Individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.
- Be careful when you park as there are always ticket-wielding park rangers afoot!
- For Adult: $6
- Free for Kids under 12.
- There are separate campsite fees. Book in advance as they get sold out pretty fast sometimes.
- Home Slice Pizza
- Hopdoddy Burger Bar
- Gueros Taco Bar
- Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Food
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50.64% of people who visit Austin include Mckinney Falls State Park in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
51.67% of people start their Mckinney Falls State Park visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Mckinney Falls State Park
90.83% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Mckinney Falls State Park
I love this park! It’s the perfect watering hole for a summer swim! Great hiking trails for my dog, and the even have interactive games occasionally! The falls are the perfect place to chill with chairs under trees and swim in a nice pool! Less busy than Barton Springs, but dogs aren’t allowed in the water!
We had to catch a plane so we did not have much time to go through this park. However in a very short period of time we saw wonderful sights and the park staff was extremely helpful. I would recommend this park to anyone who wants to experience nature without long hikes.
This is a gorgeous state park. We walked the picnic trail which takes you from the upper falls to the lower falls or vice versa. Great for the entire family. Also, both of the falls are great places to swim. Lower falls for kids and upper for teens/adults.
So impressed with this gem. Gorgeous skyline views, tranquil areas for thinking, trails for walking your pet or exercising, or take in a tour. They have campfires on Tuesday and there's a zen like waterfall. I don't know what else to say but come visit and see for yourself.
Nice Sunday hike here with the wife! We did two trails and just enjoyed being outside together. Small line to get in and the water is low, but the place is still worth it for sure! Bring the dog or bring a bike too! Place is awesome even if you're not camping over night. So many things to see and yes they have bathrooms, water, and picnic areas all over. Rangers are knowledgeable and very nice.