Looking for a great trail in McKinney Falls State Park, Texas? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in McKinney Falls State Park ranging from 3 to 3.6 miles and from 518 to 620 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Preserved in the park are the ruins of his trainer's cabin and the stabilized ruins of his own homestead. Information on Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use is interpreted in the Smith Visitor Center. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife observation are other activities. Swimming is now allowed in Onion Creek; call 512/243-1643 for current creek conditions.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 days ago

A bit overgrown but not terrible. Offers plenty of shade from the taxing sun.

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 days 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!

hiking
7 days ago

Good wooded trail. No vistas, though. Narrow overgrown single track for about half blocks pretty much all breezes, so it is uncomfortably hot right now, even in the morning.

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
17 days 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
1 month 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.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

This section of trail afford views of the Lower Falls which must be crossed to reach the trailhead and the McKinney Gristmill remnants and Homestead. It is a moderately difficult, mostly shaded trail with thick hardwoods of mesquites and oaks and light traffic although mountain bikers may share the path: Be vigilant.

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
1 month 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.

trail running
over grown
1 month ago

The trial had lots of pretty flowers and butterflies. However there were several narrow spots with lots of spider webs. This trail leads to two other trails, one not shown on the map. I attached a trail map from the park. It’s called Williamson Creek Overlook, it’s not well developed but does provide extra mileage. The picture with the tall plants on the trail are on the Williamson trail. The other pictures are on Homestead and the rocks are on the Flint Rock Loop Trail.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Very narrow trails and a lot of 6 ft+ tall weeds. opens up a little more after Flint Rock. overall though...i enjoyed it.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, well shaded. Was initially tricky to find the trail head - cross the river before it falls down into the swimming hole. Trail was narrow, only broad enough for one. Fun for us and the dogs.

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..

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike, bring lots of water!

hiking
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail. Also did Rock Spur Loop and Williamson Creek Lookout. Be careful, crossing creek is slippery, rocks in summer are hard on our furry friend’s feet.

Beautiful scenery with river access. 100's of acres to be explored. Dogs welcome, and we explored off leash the entire time.

hiking
5 months ago

The falls are beautiful.

hiking
bugs
rocky
5 months ago

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