McKinney Falls State Park

Nov. 10, 2015:  The park is open, but some areas remain closed . . .

McKinney Falls State Park

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

Rugged Beauty

Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park - what are you waiting for?

Things to Do

Think of the park as Austin’s backyard; we’re just 13 miles from the state capital. Here you can camp, hike, mountain or road bike, geocache, go bouldering, and picnic. You can also fish and swim in Onion Creek.

Onion Creek can flood after rainfall. Beware of the creek’s flow; contact the park for current creek conditions. Read through our swimming safety tips before you visit.

Stay at one of 81 campsites (all with water and electric hookups). Or rent one of our six newly remodeled cabins. We also have a primitive youth camping area, for use by nonprofit sponsored youth groups.

Hike or bike nearly nine miles of trails. The 2.8-mile Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail has a hard surface, good for strollers and road bikes. Take the Rock Shelter Trail (only for hikers) to see where early visitors camped.

Go fishing in Onion or Williamson creeks. You do not need a license to fish from shore in a Texas state park.

Rent the group recreation hall for your next get-together. The hall has a full kitchen and an outdoor grill and seating area.

Volunteer! We need your help in the park.

Ranger Programs

We lead programs on birding, geocaching, atlatls and more. Check the Events page for upcoming programs.

Kids: Become a Junior Ranger!

  • Borrow an Explorer Pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
  • Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at headquarters. Complete tasks to earn a badge.

Area Attractions

Austin has restaurants, museums, music and more, all just a short drive away.


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

Maps & Publications

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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