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About Mckinney Falls State Park
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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!
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.