#9 of 1940 state parks in Texas

Best trails in McKinney Falls State Park

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Looking for a great trail in McKinney Falls State Park, Texas? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in McKinney Falls State Park ranging from 1.1 to 10.5 km and from 158 to 189 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

McKinney Falls State Park is located in Austin, Texas, United States at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson Creek. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife observation. Swimming is now allowed in Onion Creek. While learning about Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use at the Smith Visitor Center. Fees: Adult: $6 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: Free

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Map of trails in McKinney Falls State Park
Park information
Area:
301 hectares
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
512/243-1643
Top trails (7)
#1 - Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop
McKinney Falls State Park
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Length: 10.5 km • Est. 2 h 53 m
Please note that reservations are required for day passes either online or over the phone.Show more
#2 - Homestead Trail
McKinney Falls State Park
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Length: 5.0 km • Est. 1 h 21 m
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 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. Show more
#3 - Onion Creek Trail
McKinney Falls State Park
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Length: 5.8 km • Est. 1 h 35 m
Bikers, joggers, and hikers share this long loop around the park as it winds through the shady banks of Onion Creek and past more ruins from the homestead.Show more
#4 - Lower Falls and Homestead Loop Trail
McKinney Falls State Park
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1 h 19 m
#5 - Williamson Creek Overlook Trail via Flint Rock Loop
McKinney Falls State Park
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Length: 6.0 km • Est. 1 h 36 m
#6 - Rock Shelter Trail
McKinney Falls State Park
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Length: 1.1 km • Est. 19 m
NOTE: As of August 2020, this trail is still experiencing partial closure and has limited visiting hours due to COVID-19 and encourages visitors to make online reservations. Please visit the park website for more updated information: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls Quick loop through a historic natural rock formation that has been used as shelter by Native Americans. Fun little wooden bridges on the path cross over the creeks below. Educational and great for children.Show more
#7 - Flint Rock Loop
McKinney Falls State Park
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Length: 4.0 km • Est. 1 h 6 m