Mckinney Falls State Park | Dripping Springs Day Trip

Summer is upon us and I wanted to share yet another amazing place to hike, swim and enjoy nature in this area! McKinney Falls State park feels like it’s minutes south of downtown Austin, but you are swallowed by the beauty of this 641 acre park and forget you are only 13 miles south of the state capital building!

When we moved here I bought a Texas State Park pass because I knew that with 3 boys and so much outdoor space that we would need to be getting outside and into water weekly… if not daily! We wore that pass into the ground the first year we lived here and that is was brought us to McKinney Falls!

upper falls at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas

There are two main falls areas, the upper and lower falls. Both are great for enjoying the water, but we prefer the upper falls for swimming and jumping off the limestone boulders into the water below. The park can get pretty crowded so consider going when it first opens or right after a rain when other people may not think to go.

It’s important to be mindful of the creek’s conditions, especially after rainfall. Stay updated by checking with the park for the latest information. Before diving in, make sure to review the swimming safety tips to ensure a worry-free experience.

lower falls at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas

You can explore the winding trails through the picturesque Hill Country woods, where remnants of an early Texas homestead and an ancient rock shelter await discovery.

upper falls at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas

McKinney Falls State Park offers many activities to keep you entertained. Camping enthusiasts will find their perfect spot among the 81 campsites, each offering water and electric hookups for convenience. Hikers and bikers can embark on thrilling adventures along the nearly nine miles of scenic trails. And if you’re feeling up for a challenge, try your hand at geocaching or bouldering. The park also provides idyllic picnic spots, inviting you to relax and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.

Fishermen can cast their lines in Onion or Williamson creeks without the need for a fishing license. Shoreline fishing is permitted within the park, allowing for a hassle-free angling experience. To enhance your fishing skills, don’t forget to download the McKinney Falls State Park Fishing Tip Sheet, packed with valuable tips and information.

upper falls at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas

Adults are $6/each and kids 12 and under are free. Make your reservation HERE!

McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas a kid holding a lizard

Don’t miss out on the adventure that awaits you at McKinney Falls State Park. You may bump into us there this summer!

Want help with a locals’ recommendations of fun things to do this summer? Just reach out to me and I’ll tell you!

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