Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.5 miElevation gain387 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningCaveRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeFee
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Getting There

Please note that reservations are required for day passes either online or over the phone.

Texas Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728 , Austin, TX, 78711-2728, Phone: 800-452-9292

Directions from Austin, TX: Travel 13 miles southeast off US Highway 183. Take McKinney Falls Parkway, off US 183 South, straight to the park entrance.

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Marisol D
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Love this hike. Has 2 waterfalls and the hike was pretty easy and flat. You do need reservations to get in. only 20 min from airport. Full review below https://youtu.be/NW5ljAHA454

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Brandon McGraw
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Amazing hike with many scenic views!!!

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Hailey Kaplan
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Very nice, but I didn’t see too much wildlife.

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Selena Mutchler
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RunningGreat!

Nice large open trails, lots of beautiful dogs and families out. Great for jogging/walking, but there were several parked vans/vehicles in random places throughout the trail which seemed a little sketchy. Be aware of your surroundings.

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Anand Kadiyala
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Neil Kirby
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It’s really nice good scenery, and Walmart.

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Christy Garza
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Takanori Kajihara
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This trail is the combination of two different types of trail. Onion Creek is a little natural area near the city. Homestead is a bit more in the forest. You need to cross the edge of lower falls to access the homestead trail, which may be not tough if the amount of water is not high. Unfortunately, I could not find any trace of the El Camino Real. If Smith visitor center is open, there may be fun information about it.

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Lindsay Barton
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Chad Kraus
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Saw a big coyote today! Keep your eyes peeled.

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Richard Dufek
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike on a great day. Being a weekday, not many people on the trail.

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Emery van Broekhuizen
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Hiking

Great trail, part of this loop was closed, but it was easy to use another route, just a little longer than planned. Beautiful falls and wildlife all around and today was foggy which made it even more enjoyable.

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Amy Steigerwald
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Julia Mauro
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Yidelka Anzalota
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Beautiful and easy trail.

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Stefanie Loveberry
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Debbie Murnan
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Jen Runnells
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Amazing! Weather was perfect.... trees were beautiful

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Tyler I
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Laura Westcott
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HikingGreat!
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Cory Holland
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Shannon Tesch
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Jen O
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Pretty enough, peaceful in the morning when few people are out. The falls are beautiful.

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Kinnsey Pass
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The falls are cool to listen and jump over!

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Allison Milam
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Nicely shaded with lots of picnic benches. Follows the water for a bit and is paved for bikes/pedestrians.

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A Lee
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HikingGreat!

McKinney Falls was my go-to state park before Covid. Now it's very competitive to get weekend reservations, but it makes me appreciate the Homestead Trail more. If you're looking for a bit more of an adventure, I recommend skipping Onion Creek Trail. It's a paved trail and better for biking. If the creek is low enough for me to cross to Gristmill Spur Trail, then I do Homestead > Flint > Williamsom > loop back. If the creek is high, then you have no choice but to only do Onion Creek Trail.

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Sue Keuntje
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Boring

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Dani Moku
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Need online reservations for day trips! There were two waterfall sites. The water was hot but we walked up a side creek thru the water and it was nice and cool. Saw a lot of turtles. One snake and lots of birds. The trail on the map is out tho. Looks like it’s been out for a while. Still clocked a solid 6mi. Went out at 8am left by noon, it was getting busier by then. Not a lot of shade in some places. Nice park tho.

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alaa dhiaa
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need a reservation

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