McKinney Falls State Park


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Located just 13 miles southeast of the State Capitol, McKinney State Park remains one of Austin’s most beautiful natural treasures. The 744-acre park, located in South Austin is a perfect place to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and camping in a beautiful, natural setting. Swimmers will especially appreciate the pool beneath the falls at Onion Creek, which runs through the park. Wildlife lovers will be enchanted by parks many natural inhabitants, from white-tail deer to armadillos, birds, and fish.

McKinney Falls State Park offers many facilities including campsites with water and electricity and screened shelters for group rental. One of the park’s most popular attractions, the 3/4 mile Smith Rock Shelter interpretive trail, guides visitors through the park with stops at one of the oldest bald cypress trees in the county and a natural rock shelter. For those who prefer exploring on their own, the park contains nearly 3.5 miles of paved trails and 4 miles of trails dedicated to hiking and cycling. Be sure to check out the and a 50-seat amphitheater for fun, educational programs for the whole family. The park is open 7 days a week year-round.

McKinney Falls State Park is just one of many examples of how Austin seamlessly combines an outdoorsy lifestyle with city life. A gem of South Austin, this unique State Park provides everything you need for a date, family reunion, wedding, or cub scout camping trip. Homes in this region of South Austin have been popping up quickly, learn more about homes near McKinney Falls State Park and discover why South Austin is such a cozy place to live!

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