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Exploring McKinney Falls State Park

By Ryan Quinn on March, 23 2018
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Ryan Quinn
Ryan Quinn

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Ryan is a recent UMHB grad with a degree in Marketing and Multi-Media. He is an avid adventurer with a love for art, photography, and serving the local community.

Spring is here and warmer weather is just around the corner, making now the perfect time to start making plans to get outdoors!

Last weekend, I headed down to Austin to do a little hiking at McKinney Falls State Park. Just 13 miles from the state capitol and with tons of things to do, this is a great way to incorporate nature into a day trip, or weekend away, to Austin.


McKinney Falls State Park wooded trail


The park is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm and is $6 per day for adults - kids 12 and under are free!

There are tons of great ways to spend your day, whether you decide to hike, bike, geocache, go bouldering, swim, fish or just have a picnic, there is something for everyone! 

Check out the trail map here to see available hike & bike routes.

The park can be extremely busy on when there is nice weather - great minds think alike - so avoid missing out by scheduling your visit with the Texas State Parks "save the date" feature by getting your day passes online.

If you want to make a weekend of it, you can camp at one of 81 campsites that include water and electric hookups or splurge and rent a cabin!  Just make sure you book your campsite early!


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Limestone Formations at Onion Creek


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Lower Falls at Onion Creek

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Great Spot for Fishing at Onion Creek


McKinney Homestead built in 1850s

McKinney Homestead Built in 1850s

From wooded trails to exploring the remains of this Texas homestead, there is a little bit of everything to do at this Texas State Park just down the road from Austin.

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