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McKinney Falls State Park

July 14, 2015: The Rockshelter Trail and Smith Visitor Center are closed . . .

McKinney Falls State Park

Falls cascade through limestone formations into peaceful pools in McKinney Falls State Park.

Things to Do

Information on Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use is interpreted in the Smith Visitor Center. The stabilized ruins of McKinney's homestead and his horse trainer's cabin are preserved in the park. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing and wildlife observation are popular activities. Swimming is allowed in Onion Creek; contact the park for current creek conditions.

The park is also home to "Old Baldy," one of the oldest bald cypress trees on public land in Texas. The 103-foot tall cypress tree, is estimated to be over 500 years old.

The park also has cabins and group facilities, including a Group Recreation Hall with a Kitchen, a Group Primitive Area for nonprofit sponsored youth groups, and an amphitheater.

Equipment Rentals 

This park participates in the Angler Education "Tackle Loaner Program"; individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the park or the Friends of McKinney Falls State Park. Check online for Information on volunteer opportunities at all state parks

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities, including guided nature hikes and the "Outdoors Kid's Club." Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

Area Attractions

Nearby points of interest include Bastrop State ParkBuescher State ParkPedernales Falls State ParkLonghorn Cavern State Park; Lockhart State Park; Jimmy Clay and Roy Kaiser Municipal Golf Course; and the city of Austin, with its limitless attractions. 

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744

Latitude: 30.18058

Longitude: -97.722127

(512) 243-1643

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $6 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily.
Gate is open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Busy Season

March through November


January average low is 37 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Wettest month is May, with moderate humidity year-round. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs early March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

550 feet

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