At McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas, visitors can witness the spectacular view of Onion Creek flowing through the woods and over the limestone ledges. Only 13 miles from the state capitol, McKinney Falls State Park is home to a number of recreational activities for you and your family to escape for the day or a weekend.
Park guests can camp, hike, bike, geocache, picnic, swim, fish, and more. There are 81 campsites, all equipped with water and electricity. The park also offers cabins available for rental. There are also almost nine miles of trails to explore. Onion Creek Bike Trail is a great spot for bikes, road bikes, and strollers. Anglers may fish from Onion or Williamson Creek without a license.
McKinney State Park is open daily; the gate hours are 8 AM to 10 PM. Entrance to the park is $6 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the park office during business hours or through the park’s website.
For the safety of you and your pet, dogs should be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. Do not allow your dog to dig, disturb wildlife, or become a nuisance to other park visitors. In Texas state parks, pets are not allowed inside any of the buildings.
If you go hiking with your dog, always come prepared with plenty of water for both you and your pet. Also, use caution by notifying someone else where you’re going and when you expect to return. The park has experienced some closures due to recent flooding. Contact the park office for current information regarding any closures.
If you’re looking to get away for the day or a weekend, and you’re in the Austin area, McKinney Falls State Park is a great place to visit and bring your family, and even your dog.