Homestead Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Austin, TX that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great trail located behind the Lower Falls at McKinney Falls State Park, $6/person or free with a Texas State Park Pass. Wide well maintained gravel path with many offshoots. The offshoots (not featured on the TWPD map) are well defined but can be vegetative. The trailhead is located behind the Lower falls- which you must cross to access. Bring water shoes to cross the shallow area uphill of the falls, or be prepared for leaping from rock to rock over the falls if the water levels are moderate/high.
Access to the Homestead Trail is across the top of Lower McKinney Falls, which means you have to long jump from boulder to boulder. If you want to avoid that, then go down stream about 50 yards but be prepared for the water to reach mid-calf. This summer, the park wasn't allowing dogs in the creek. It's an okay trail. There's black land under foot so it's not too rocky.
at Mckinney falls, have to pay 6 bucks to enter
Great for trail running. Random historical structures (awesome!). And when you're all done go for a swim at the falls!
Great area. Dog was happy with the falls.
Ok nothing great only did homestead. Good for biking or trail running but nothing special
$6/person to enter McKinney State Park
Not much to speak of in the way of topographical changes (shocker), but a nice little trail for a day hike. Nice foliage in the spring, the falls are nothing spectacular, but a good local trail.
I went in the winter when there was practically no foliage to speak of. In the Spring, I think it would be very nice.
Nice easy trail.
This is a good trail for speed, the falls were a nice view.
Awesome single track trail. A little short but very fun ride.
Great Trail- the wildflowers in April are abundant! I marked the trail for moderate only because of the difficulty accessing the trail- the trail head is located across the Lower Falls, and to get to the trail head involves much leaping from rock to rock over the falls. Probably not very safe, not recommended for children or those scared of falling in the water and plunging over the rocks. The trail itself is an easy level. I expect that in the hot Texas summer, crossing the falls is much safer with the lower water levels. The good news is the trail is accessible behind John P. Ojeda Middle School, (Check out Google Maps) but be sure to get your permit- $6/person, or free with a Texas State Park Pass, at the TPWD at McKinney Falls first. The trail had many forks and offshoots, though well defined, can be very brushy and vegetative. The main gravel trail is wide and well maintained though. Mostly shady.
Beautiful canopy of trees! Shady and quiet. Unfortunately, the drought this year has made this trail less scenic than usual. The path of the trail that takes you by the McKinney Falls is disappointing since it's almost completely dried up.