Homestead Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is best used 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.
This is a pleasant trail with only light traffic currently. There's a decent amount of grade change along this short trail. To get to the trail from MFSP, be very careful crossing the water. One foot of rapid moving water covers the slimy rock below foot.
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.