Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in McKinney Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice wide trails. Little rocky on the Homestead Trail. Not a ton of water between the falls but nice orange fall colors.

Beautiful views, there was a spider but other than that it was great

Nice and easy, good with kids and dogs

This trail begins and ends at the Lower Falls which is just stunning. Trail is very pleasant - fairly easy except for roots etc that you would expect. Parts of the woods are really stunning, some a bit scrubby. But there were deer, wildflowers, and thoroughly enjoyable!

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rocky
scramble
15 days ago

The Williamson Overlook is the 3rd-in upper loop trail of McKinney Falls SP. One nice view of Williamson Creek at the start. There were two camps of ferrel humans in the creek bed halfway in on the Williamson Overlook Trail. Note, to get to Williamson Overlook from the Lower Falls of the State Park, you have walked the first half of 2 other trails (Homestead and Flint Rock)... about 2.5 miles in. So plan accordingly and bring water when it’s hot.

hiking
25 days ago

Flint Rock Loop is the second of the three upper trails at McKinney Falls SP. Great little trail, well maintained and well marked. Be advised you need to get there after 1/2 the 3 mile loop that is Homestead Trail. No frogs in Frog Pond today.

Fun day! Enjoyable hike. The Lower Falls / swimming hole are pretty even with low water levels (Sept 2019). Cross over on the left side of the swimming hole to get to the trailhead. No blue/green algae reported (fed from a totally different water source, I believe) but dogs are not allowed to swim in the water. The old Homestead and Gristmill are cool to see. Trail is mostly shaded and pretty easy.

Great trail and can be as challenging as you want/make it.

mountain biking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

So many off leash dogs our trip was just stressful instead of enjoyable. Trails were fine, in fine shape and minimal litter, but a short hike took twice as long from all the time I had to spend guarding my dogs from the off leash dogs of apathetic owners and then calming my terrified dogs down. It was incredibly dangerous. Parks like these where people have no regard for the land or the people and animals they share it with are why dogs are getting increasingly banned from parks and trails. Do better y’all.

This is a nice trail in two distinct segments. The south segment is the Onion Creek trail which is a mostly paved trail through the day use area. The north segment crosses by the falls and then does a nice loops, stopping by the McKinney Homestead which is a cool historical building. It's a nice easy hike, suitable for pretty much anybody.

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off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Due to lack of rain and dry conditions, it’s more rocky than usual as more limestone river bottom is exposed. Despite the river running low, it’s still incredibly beautiful as are the waterfalls. There are quite a bit of paved trails however there are some off-trail options too, especially if you are looking to explore the rock shelter, which I highly recommend. One benefit of checking out this area during a drought is that there are quite a few areas of exposed riverbed that boast of intricate patterns of erosion, which would not otherwise be exposed during wet conditions. There is plenty of shade as well as opportunity for rest. It’s definitely one of the cleanest parks I’ve visited, although people cannot help themselves it would seem, as there is still some trash about—although minimal. I didn’t encounter any wildlife, but I did find fresh coyote feces and bobcat tracks so they are definitely in the area. As far as solitude, I would say I wasn’t alone more than 30 minutes (at most)at a time before another hiker crossed my path and I didn’t encounter any shady characters. It was great fun for my first hike, highly recommend based on the beauty alone!

Nice distance. Pretty narrow at times and you have to watch out for a 2 big spiders and their webs. Mostly shady, good for a quick hike with the dog. You find the trailhead if you walk across the top of the falls. Also a parking lot at the back side of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is nice but the best is the natural pool. Take a floatie with you but go early because the pool will get busy.

Trail is paved the entire way. More of a walk than a hike.

Only thing exciting about this trail are the lakes of course. Very scenery. Awesome swim.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail. On a hot day, you can go clockwise and reward yourself near the end with a dip in the pool. Or go CCW, start by getting wet, and use evaporative cooling to make the rest of the hike more bearable.

Williamson Creek Overlook Trail follows Stassney Lane into less charted areas of the northwestern limits of McKinney Falls State Park. A shaded dirt trail through a flood plain forest, it leads you very close to Williamson Creek and offers a scenic overlook of Williamson Creek early in the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

A lovely little balloon path about 2 miles long with a dirt surface that also leads to the Williamson Creek Overlook Trail which runs parallel to East Stassney. Flint Rock Loop features bridges and boardwalks that lead you through an oak forest by Williamson Creek and back to the Homestead Trail as you retrace your steps.

hiking
4 months ago

mostly paved path amongst a good amount of picnic sites. very nice park overall. this path is a bit more straight forward.

Beautiful hike. Not hard and very scenic views. Dope swimming spots. 10/10 recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a smooth easy to follow trail. Start at the upper falls and walk the long way around to end and take a refreshing dip at the lower falls. It was a nice afternoon hike and not far from town”Austin”

Nice,easy, well kept trail. A lot of the trail is in open sun light and after living my whole 58 years in central Texas how could I have possibly known it would be hot in June? In the morning, evening, or fall it would be a beautiful way to spend an hour. Watching the falls makes me think time travel is possible. They’ve probably looked like that for a thousand years.

The area is awesome for families for hiking and playing in the water. Be advised that there is a fee being it it located in a state park. Secondly, it says dogs are welcome on leash, but it’s not really a dog friendly Picard if your dog likes to play in the water. The signs everywhere say No Dogs Allowed in the Water. Super bummer.... I will be going back often with the family, but sadly our four legged friend will have to stay home..

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