While it has been dubbed “the unused park” by Austinites, McKinney Falls was anything but unused when I arrived. Located within Austin city limits, the wooded terrain of McKinney Falls State Park offers an escape from urban sprawl. [{"@context":"http://schema.org","@type":"Event","name":"Valentine’s at the Blue Starlite Drive-In","description":"<p>Come check out Blue Starlite\\'s carefully curated selection of cinematic classics for Valentine\\'s Day! McKinney Falls State Park has two falls - McKinney Falls and the Upper Falls, both of which are about an 8-foot drop during normal creek flow. View All Events. McKinney Falls State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife is just a short drive away but a great escape from it all. Some may have become part of modern tribes in Texas, such as the Tonkawa. © 2020 - 365 Things Austin | website by, Valentine’s at the Blue Starlite Drive-In. 512-243-1643. 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McKinney Falls State Park campgrounds are loved by visitors and rated as the best camping in Texas!. Enjoy a safe, fun night out at the movies with that special someone at Austin\\'s mini urban drive-in experience. Parking is available near both waterfalls in McKinney Falls State Park, and a combination of hiking trails connects the two. A short nature hike will take you to an overlook of Twin Falls, on a creek draining into the river. Please choose a different date. McKinney Falls State Park, TX. Spend your time nestled in this cozy corner of the park or hop on the Onion Creek hike/bike trail and adventure away! You drive on the I-35 South and get off at exit 228 taking a left on E William Cannon Dr. Take a left on McKinney Falls Parkway and then a left into the park. Yes, you are able to fish at the park! We save our best ideas for our weekly "Top Picks" newsletter, sign up here and get them sent straight to your inbox every Thursday. So on January 1, 2010, she made a New Year’s resolution to write about one thing to do each day in her beloved city of Austin, Texas. The daily entrance fee is charged in addition to any facility fees, unless otherwise stated. 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway. McKinney Falls State Park boasts about nine miles of hike and bike trails through a picturesque natural landscape. Mckinney Falls is great place to beat the heat and go for a swim also can be a great place to relax and go for a short hike. Located a quick 13 miles Downtown Austin, McKinney Falls State Park feels like a world away and is one of our all-time favorite escapes. Keep Onion Creek clean! Having no fishing license is not a problem since you don’t need one for fishing in Texas state parks. if(response != "success"){ In her previous life, Kristy was an uninspired realtor who was feeling a little bit bored with her day to day. Have fun! Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. But that\\'s not all! Exactly which early groups were here is unknown. Hidden away just minutes from downtown Austin is this very walkable State Park with a gentle flowing creek complete with two very accessible water falls. The Upper and Lower Falls at the state park cascade into big pools that encourage activities like fishing and swimming. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Read More Details. Located a quick 13 miles Downtown Austin, McKinney Falls State Park feels like a world away and is one of our all-time favorite escapes. Please visit official websites for more information. You do not need a license to fish from shore in a Texas state park. McKinney Falls State Park - 365 Things Austin Located a quick 13 miles Downtown Austin, McKinney Falls State Park feels like a world away and is one of our all-time favorite escapes. The 2.8-mile Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail has a hard surface, good for strollers and road bikes. For optimal angling conditions, head over when the water level is somewhere between “post-downpour” and “drought” to chase dense schools of crappie and sunfish down Onion Creek. Austin, TX 78744. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. McKinney Falls State Park is located in Austin, Texas, United States at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson Creek. Park Contact Information. } The fees at McKinney Falls State Park are $6 for adults, and children ages 12 and under are free. I was using an 8wt Cabela’s Three Forks Fly Rod Brian was using a 3wt Cabela’s Three Forks Fly Rod. November 20, 2017 Taking Texas. These five sites off of Big Cedar Camping Area have the basics: water, picnic table, 30-amp electric and nearby restrooms. Austin City Park. The BEST things happening each weekend in Austin, straight to your inbox. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife observation. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. jQuery(document).ready(function(){ In Austin's backyard, McKinney Falls sees some crowds on nice-weather weekends. The Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail features a hard surface, which is good for road bikes and strollers. To get to McKinney Falls from downtown Austin it is very simple. Mckinney Falls State Park . Find your spot. more. Find McKinney Falls State Park day passes. You can engage in some fishing in Onion and Williamson creeks. FACILITY OFFERING: Camping. McKinney Falls State Park The only state park within city limits, McKinney’s winding trails, ample campsites, and dual falls make it a top attraction for Austinites looking to escape the city. For more info about this program and pricing at other State Parks, click here. November 18, 2020 - reviewed by Thomas Whissel $20. Since McKinney Falls State Park was within the Austin City Limits, it made sense to explore the city. Brian and I did a little fly fishing at Mckinney Falls State Park. } Visiting McKinney Falls State Park. It’s the perfect place too unplug, unwind, and reflect! McKinney Falls State Park in Austin Texas offers 84 campsites with water and electricity; walk-in water sites (200 yards in with a picnic table, a fire ring, a grill, and water in area). Other fun outdoor activities include bouldering, road and mountain biking, geocaching, and fishing. success: function(response) { When you think of Texas normally you think of dry, horses and like a old western. Artifacts found in the park illustrate a long and rich Native American history. Hope you catch a big one! You can hike to either the upper falls or the lower falls and swim in the pools below the falls when you visit the park. McKinney Falls State Park: Beautiful, hiking, fishing, and swimming - See 565 traveler reviews, 603 candid photos, and great deals for Austin, TX, at Tripadvisor. // alert('success'); Located near the water falls on Onion Creek the park is 13 miles form the state capital and provides easy access for any size RV. Enjoy drink specials from 5 - 8 pm (most Tuesdays).</p>\\n","url":"https://365thingsaustin.com/event/byo-vinyl-happy-hour-2018-12-04/2021-01-26/","startDate":"2021-01-26T15:46:13-06:00","endDate":"2021-01-26T15:46:13-06:00","location":false,"performer":"Organization"}] Website. A Texas State Park Pass will allow you and your guests to enjoy unlimited visits for 1-year to more than 90 State Parks, without paying the daily entrance fee, in addition to other benefits. And thus, 365 Things Austin was born. Photo by Steve Lange via the McKinney Falls Facebook page. console.log("Error Updating Count via Ajax"); McKinney Falls State Park, Austin: Hours, Address, McKinney Falls State Park Reviews: 4/5 }else{ Humans began occupying this area about 8,750 years ago. But when you come to visit Austin it is anything but dry. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. Go fishing in Onion or Williamson creeks. Bring your own vinyl, and Mohawk will spin \\'em. The McKinney Falls is one of the major attractions here at the park and is fed by the Onion Creek, which winds through the park. The park has lots to do for just a day trip or a camping excursion along the banks of Onion Creek. McKinney Falls State Park, Austin: Hours, Address, McKinney Falls State Park Reviews: 4/5 While many flock to Jacob’s Well or Barton Springs, there are those who forget McKinney, one of the best spots around Austin to come and swim. 3.9 - 9 Reviews (512) 243-1643 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway Austin, Texas ... Water, Electric, Fifty Amp, Pets allowed, Tents, Picnic Tables, Restroom, Dump Station, Showers, Fishing, Campfire, Playground Pictures; Reviews. }); McKinney Falls State Park. You can geocache, go bouldering, and enjoy a picnic. Swimming is now allowed in Onion Creek. Park Admission: While the fishing program is free, you will still need to pay regular park entrance fees. Get away from all the mumbo jumbo, and stay in Moss Loop at the southernmost edge of McKinney State Park. Share. Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into … View day passes, availability, and reserve online with ReserveAmerica. 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