Campsite of The Month-McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 243-1643
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

Lower Falls-Mckinney State falls park

Lower Falls-Mckinney State falls park

The Scoop

Last weekend our family packed up and headed to McKinney State Falls Park which is located on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. Onion Creek runs through the park and feeds the falls that give the park its name.  During periods of high rain the creek can flood, creating hazardous conditions near the falls so be sure to check with the park ranger and obey all posted signs when visiting this park.  

bald cypress trees at upper falls

bald cypress trees at upper falls

What We Loved

Every tent site at McKinney Falls has water and electricity hook-ups. This fact combined with its convenient location make it a great spot for those who are new to camping or those who are just looking for a quick getaway. The upper and lower falls, paved Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail, hiking trails and swimming and fishing holes ensure there is something for everyone.  

Tent Pad with plenty of room for our six-person tent

Tent Pad with plenty of room for our six-person tent

What We'd Like to See Instead

As the city of Austin grows, so does the noise. It was very peaceful near the falls and on some of the trails, however, we could easily hear continuous road traffic from our campsite, especially at night.  That being said, we would absolutely recommend this park to anyone in search of a great place to be outside. 

Park Alert: As of our visit in early November 2016, the Smith Visitor's Center is closed due to damage sustained during the floods earlier in the year.