McKinney Falls State Park
Things to Do
Information on Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use is interpreted in the Smith Visitor Center. The stabilized ruins of McKinney's homestead and his horse trainer's cabin are preserved in the park. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing and wildlife observation are popular activities. Swimming is allowed in Onion Creek; call (512) 243-1643 for current creek conditions.
The park is also home to "Old Baldy," one of the oldest bald cypress trees on public land in Texas. The 103-foot tall cypress tree, is estimated to be over 500 years old.
The park also has group facilities, including a Group Recreation Hall with a Kitchen, a Group Primitive Area for nonprofit sponsored youth groups, and an amphitheater.
This park participates in the Angler Education "Tackle Loaner Program"; individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.
Contact the park or the Friends of McKinney Falls State Park. Check online for Information on volunteer opportunities at all state parks.
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities, including guided nature hikes and the "Outdoors Kid's Club." Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.
Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!
Nearby points of interest include Bastrop State Park; Buescher State Park; Pedernales Falls State Park; Longhorn Cavern State Park; Lockhart State Park; Jimmy Clay and Roy Kaiser Municipal Golf Course; and the city of Austin, with its limitless attractions.