Mckinney Falls State Park

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About Mckinney Falls State Park

Talk about city limits--McKinney Falls State Park is tucked away like a best kept secret only 15 miles from the heart of downtown Austin! This 700+ acre park is beautifully equipped for all kinds of adventures--and you guessed right--has two sets of falls. Combine bonafide natural swimming pools formed by the falls (best after a rainfall) with some of the best climbing in the state and you have a recipe for the best afternoon ever: cliff diving! Or, if jumping off cliffs isn’t your forte, there’s an activity for everyone: visit “Old Baldy,” one of the oldest bald cypress trees in Texas (with like, the coolest name), try angling 101 with the Tackle Loaner Program or show off your treasure hunting skillz at a park-hosted Geocaching Challenge. With an abundance of activities and history to boot, McKinney Falls State park is great for swinging by after work or for a long weekend of expanding your limits.

Campgrounds in Mckinney Falls

Big Cedar Campground

1. Big Cedar Campground

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Similar to Big Oak camping area, Big Cedar offers centrality, water and electricity, and is close to multiple restroom and shower facilities. Start...

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Moss Loop Campground

2. Moss Loop Campground

Get away from all the mumbo jumbo, and stay in Moss Loop at the southernmost edge of McKinney State Park. These five sites off of Big Cedar Camping...

Britta: I camped in campsite 16 over the past weekend. I am in love with this state park. There are so many activities to do including:...
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Big Oak Campground

3. Big Oak Campground

If you want to be at the center of the party, this is your campground! Big Oak is spatial, sites have water and electric hook-ups, a picnic table,...

Katie: Don't forget your water shoes to ford Onion Creek on your way to the Homestead Trail
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Little Oak Campground

4. Little Oak Campground

Little Oak Campground is like Big Oak’s younger, more reserved sibling. They share similar qualities: water and electric hook-ups, a picnic table,...

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Grapevine Loop Campground

5. Grapevine Loop Campground

Within the Grapevine Loop you’ll find nine sites entwined. There’s never a need to be shook-up, each site has a water and electric hook-up. Feeling...

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Mckinney Falls Youth Group Campground

6. Mckinney Falls Youth Group Campground

Start ‘em off right! The Youth Group Campground holds up to fifty young’ns, fifteen vehicles, and is for non-profit sponsored youth groups. Nearby...

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Hipcamper Britta

I camped in campsite 16 over the past weekend. I am in love with this state park. There are so many activities to do including: rock climbing/ bouldering, fishing, swimming, hiking, animal watching, ranger events, and of course spending time with friends. This state park is perfect for people in Austin that just want to get out of the city and enjoy nature close by. The water is beautiful and there is so much cool wildlife to watch. The primitive sites are just off the water and next time I plan to try one of those sites. I also HIGHLY recommend going on any ranger activities. I went on a night hike and we found many cool things such as frogs and scorpions that glow in black light. Happy Camping!

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Hipcamper Katie

Don't forget your water shoes to ford Onion Creek on your way to the Homestead Trail

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History of Mckinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park in Travis County, located in South Austin, is a 726-acre park acquired in 1970 from private donation. It opened to the public in 1976. The headquarters of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is next to the park.

The park is named for Thomas F. McKinney, who came to Texas in the early 1820s as one of Stephen F. Austin's first 300 colonists. Sometime between 1850 and 1852, McKinney moved to Travis County and to his property on Onion Creek, where he became a prominent breeder of racehorses with his own stable and private track. He used slave labor to build his large two-story home, stone fences and the first flour mill in the area.