McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
A blissful place to cool off in southeast Austin.
Several different areas to spread out and explore await at this lovely state park.
Make the journey to southeast Austin to swim at – and explore – McKinney Falls. The state park offers several swimming holes along Onion Creek, including the Upper and Lower Falls areas. Depending on when the last rainfall occurred, the falls may be a little slower during the summer months, but the water is usually cool and clean. Leashed dogs are welcome at the park, but are not permitted in the falls area and food and drink be consumed before entering the swimming areas.
The park offers numerous picnic spots (check the website for current openings and availability), as well as a paved hiking and biking trail, and more rugged hiking spots depending on what you’re looking for during your visit. Fishing is also permitted in the creeks flowing through the parks. For camping enthusiasts, McKinney Falls has 80 spots for tent and RV camping just a short distance from the trailhead entrance to the falls. The sites fill up quickly so make reservations well in advance.
COVID-19 Era Note: The park is currently opening, but social distancing is enforced and masks must be worn if and when entering any onsite buildings. Some parks have reduced their capacity so we suggest making reservations for a day pass in advance to secure your spot. Reserve online or call (512) 389-8900.