Explore the most popular hiking 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 easy hike with good views of the lower and upper waterfalls. Go early to avoid the crowds of people swimming. The paved Onion Creek loop adds some miles but is more like a leisurely walk instead of hiking. Nice wildflowers along the loop.

It was easy and relaxing.

Very basic trail. Great for a beginner.

I stumbled upon this place when I was driving around Austin. Its a great park and a fun hike. Very interesting stream and falls. Like walking on the moon!

walking
3 months ago

nice view of river, nothing wild

Apart from falling in the water at the beginning of the hike, the trail was uneventful and pleasant for me as a beginner.

Glad we went and super cool that there are neat little waterfalls right outside of Austin. Lots of little unmarked trails that made navigating slightly confusing even with a map.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Decent trail

hiking
6 months ago

Great location to get the pup out for a couple hours. There’s a $6 entrance fee, so I would be sure to spend more time in the Park than just this short hike to make it worth your while. I really don’t like that it’s completely paved though. I would personally rate this hike as “easy” due to the lack of incline or terrain.

hiking
8 months ago

Decent hike, easily marked in state park. The entire trail is paved, so not much of an adventure type hike. Easy walk. $6 entrance fee to the park.

hiking
9 months ago

Super underwhelming during summer when the falls are dry and the water is almost stagnant. That doesn't stop people from coming (it was pretty crowded today), but I wouldn't venture out and pay the $6 admission just to picnic with a view. The trails aren't marked clearly and the map we were given is a little misleading.

hiking
9 months ago

Super underwhelming during summer when the falls are dry and the water is almost stagnant. That doesn't stop people from coming (it was pretty crowded today), but I wouldn't venture out and pay the $6 admission just to picnic with a view. The trails aren't marked clearly and the map we were given is a little misleading.

Great for grandpa and his motorized little rascal!

Beautiful place to swim or just listen to the waterfall. Hike the upper and lower falls trail!

hiking
11 months ago

First time hiker. This was a great trail to start with paved most of the way. We didn't finish we cut off the easy part down hill. We took the whole family 2 in carriers and one on the stroller. Looking forward to visiting again. $12 total entrance fee for 2 adults 3 children.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice wandering trail. Even though they close in some areas...the foliage is thick. If you hike this one after it rains be prepared for some extra mud weight on your shoes. And...keep a look out for armadillos!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Asphalt paved trail. Great for running, walking the 'city' dogs, and bicycle riding. (It may be a little rough on hybrid bikes). Not a lot of fun for seasoned hikers.

Really enjoyed this trail. Must have water shoes!

Very inconvenient to find the trail.

mountain biking
Friday, March 17, 2017

I enjoyed mountain biking the single track trail, with some small hills, nice curves, and varying terrain -- smooth dirt & jagged rocks.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Trail was a little overgrown but still clear and easy to follow.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Trail was a little overgrown but still clear and easy to follow.

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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.

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pleasant

This is a nice little trail. Be very careful crossing the water.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

It's pretty easy trail and is mostly paved the entire way. Have a couple of cool sites along the way.

walking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Nice loop. Paved all the way so easy access.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Great views and trails. You do have to pay to get into the park though. The trails are slightly confusing and the falls aren't all that spectacular, but I had a great time Biking all of the trails.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

You have to pay to get into park. They have camping cabins, tent spots and RV spots. Really nice area.
Will definitely go back to camp sometime.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

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.

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