Homestead Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
157 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

2 months ago

Very basic trail. Great for a beginner.

4 months ago

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Monday, April 11, 2016

at Mckinney falls, have to pay 6 bucks to enter

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Great for trail running. Random historical structures (awesome!). And when you're all done go for a swim at the falls!

hiking
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Great area. Dog was happy with the falls.

hiking
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ok nothing great only did homestead. Good for biking or trail running but nothing special

hiking
Thursday, July 18, 2013

$6/person to enter McKinney State Park

hiking
Monday, April 22, 2013

Not much to speak of in the way of topographical changes (shocker), but a nice little trail for a day hike. Nice foliage in the spring, the falls are nothing spectacular, but a good local trail.

hiking
Monday, January 28, 2013

I went in the winter when there was practically no foliage to speak of. In the Spring, I think it would be very nice.

hiking
Sunday, December 02, 2012

Nice easy trail.

hiking
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This is a good trail for speed, the falls were a nice view.

mountain biking
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Awesome single track trail. A little short but very fun ride.

hiking
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Great Trail- the wildflowers in April are abundant! I marked the trail for moderate only because of the difficulty accessing the trail- the trail head is located across the Lower Falls, and to get to the trail head involves much leaping from rock to rock over the falls. Probably not very safe, not recommended for children or those scared of falling in the water and plunging over the rocks. The trail itself is an easy level. I expect that in the hot Texas summer, crossing the falls is much safer with the lower water levels. The good news is the trail is accessible behind John P. Ojeda Middle School, (Check out Google Maps) but be sure to get your permit- $6/person, or free with a Texas State Park Pass, at the TPWD at McKinney Falls first. The trail had many forks and offshoots, though well defined, can be very brushy and vegetative. The main gravel trail is wide and well maintained though. Mostly shady.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Beautiful canopy of trees! Shady and quiet. Unfortunately, the drought this year has made this trail less scenic than usual. The path of the trail that takes you by the McKinney Falls is disappointing since it's almost completely dried up.

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