McKinney Falls State Park
    on Onion Creek.
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Jacob's Review:
   I saw ruins there, it was an olden house, but like a castle because it was made out of rocks not wood. The forest ranger will give you a map for free that will tell you where to go hike or ride your mountain bike. You can follow the map to find the waterfalls too.


Dad's Notes:
   Originally a ranch home of one of the wealthiest Texas pioneers, Thomas McKinney, there are some interesting Texas history lessons here so stop by the visitor center to get more info. The falls and river trail are the main reasons to go to this lovely park. Also, don't miss the walk down the Smith Rock shelter trail, a shelter used by people over 1,400 years ago. Fields of bluebonnets, up close wildlife to include rabbit, deer, birds of all types - even armadillo can be seen here.

   Plenty of camping available here with 84 campsites with water and electric and 6 cabins that you can rent - but as most camping sites - book well in advance, you can go online and check availability. McKinney Falls is close to Austin and its beauty attracts a fair number of visitors, visit during the week or off season to really appreciate it with a bit of solitude.

   Besides the 2 separate falls and ruins, there is hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, bouldering, and wildlife observation are other activities. A pretty swimming hole similar to Hamilton springs, swimming is allowed in Onion Creek. There are restrooms with showers, and WiFi is available in some areas of the park.


Address:
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744

Admission (subject to change - last we checked it was):
These vary; see website

Phone Numbers:
512.243.1643

Hours(subject to change - last we checked hours were):
Daily, 8am to 10pm
on major weekends reserve 2 months in advance

www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/mckinney_falls/

Drive Directions:   35S to Austin to 183S (exit #240) 13 miles to Scenic Loop Road, then proceed 2 miles west to the park entrance at 7102 Scenic Loop.


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Jacob Tip:   Bring good shoes, cause there are different hikes to each thing. You could bring your bike too, if you want to go for a family ride together. Bring bug spray.
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