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McKinney Falls State Park, Austin

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McKinney Falls State Park is a state park in Austin, Texas, United States at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson Creek. It is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park opened on April 15, 1976 and is named after Thomas F. McKinney, a businessman, race horse breeder and rancher, who owned and lived on the land in the mid-to-late 19th century. The park is part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

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  • With lots of creeks and swimming holes dried up due to the drought, it was great to find swimming and fishing at this park - right in town! Highly recommend it. 
    With lots of creeks and swimming holes dried up due to the drought, it was great to find swimming and fishing at this park - right in town! Highly recommend it.  more »
  • Lovely and easy to navigate state park. Not so easy to find if you come from Hwy. 183, as the sign is set back from the road and faces only one way (the other way). But lots of signage and parking... 
    Lovely and easy to navigate state park. Not so easy to find if you come from Hwy. 183, as the sign is set back from the road and faces only one way (the other way). But lots of signage and parking...  more »
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  • This is an average and only 3 feet height falls. The limestone and its structure created by nature looks like a pool looks very good. Water quality in the creek lake not so good and during our visit it was filled with lots of green planktons. There are good amount of floating shells. I feel like , It is not worth to bring kayaks or tubes in this place. Good place for picnic. Upper fall is comparatively better than other place here. Bringing a pair of show that is good on water without worrying of getting wet is best decision if planning to visits during summer. You can Bering a mist spray similar to iron board spray together with hand fan or portable fan can enhance your experience . Bathroom restrooms are well maintained and there are bathrooms in almost on all parking points.
  • Decent falls. Good camping site though. Some campsites have uneven ground but some are really good and spacious. Some are even a bit secluded gives you a private feel. If you exit the campsite there are some convenient stores too if you need to buy wood or food and stuff. Good location overall.

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