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5808 McKinney Falls Parkway


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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend


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Onion Creek winds through McKinney Falls State Park, providing cool respite for campers hoping to escape the hot Texas sun. In addition to the creek, nearly 9 miles of trails take hikers and bikers around the park’s limestone formations and wooded areas. After an active day, visitors at McKinney Falls can wind down at one of the park’s 81 campsites or six cabins.  

According to recent overnight guests at the park, many of the camping spots include raised tent pads to ease setup and protect the area’s vegetation. Past visitors recommend checking out both the upper and lower falls. Travelers also suggest planning your trip to coincide with the wet season (May to late September), as the river can nearly dry up during the dry season.

The gate for McKinney Falls State Park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, while the park office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and until 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The fee for adults is $6 daily, while children 12 years old and younger get in for free. Campsites at McKinney Falls State Park start at $20 per night and don’t include the daily fee. The park sits about 10 miles southeast of Austin and is not accessible via public transit. Be sure to check out the McKinney Falls State Park’s website to learn more about planning a trip there.

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