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McKinney Falls State Park

Austin, Texas



5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, Texas 78744
Phone: (512) 243-1643

Sites: 81
Recent Rate: $24 2/2017

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Latitude: 30.180302429228
Longitude: -97.72171497345
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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63 Reviews

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 63

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

A beautiful state park with large semi-private sites, nice trails, and close to "civilization". We stayed for two weeks (you'll have to make reservations early, as the park fills up on weekends) and enjoyed the park. Since the park entry fee is $6 per person per day, we purchased the $70 TX annual parks pass, which also included 50% off one night of our stay ($12 off). We stayed in the 50-amp loop which only has around 10 sites; the rest of the campground is 30-amp only. You choose your site when you arrive (when we checked in they suggested a site for us, but we ended up choosing a different one). Most sites (pull-throughs and back-ins) look like they could handle big rigs, but sites are not level at all and could be a challenge for longer rigs. Our site had great privacy but we needed lots of leveling blocks under our back wheels and jacks. The various campground loops are big enough for enjoyable dog walks, plus there are many trails around the campground and the rest of the park. Upper Falls is easy to get to via a paved trail, but dogs aren't allowed in the water. However several of the longer hiking trails require crossing the river at Lower Falls, so getting wet there is unavoidable (bring water shoes or extra socks). Our only complaint about the park is that the water at the showers was luke warm at best, but more often was uncomfortably cool. We gave up and took navy showers in our rig instead and visited the dump station halfway through our stay. While the park is close to lots of stores and restaurants, the park entrance is on the far side, so it does take 10-15 minutes to get anywhere, exiting the park and then driving all the way around it. We loved the seclusion and natural feel of the park, and will definitely return. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects the campground cost of $24 plus the park cost of $6 per person per day. Texas parks charge the park entry fee in addition to the campground fee. This is a quiet park with easy access to Austin. For big rigs most all the spaces will accommodate you, however keep and eye on low trees. Spots are nicely separated with tables and fire rings. Although there is gravel on the site, leveling is a little challenging. We opted to be "nose down" slightly so we didn't have such a high step into our rig. There are pull thru and back in sites. Lots of trails to hike as well. No Wifi but good cell service. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16 Loop 1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was absolutely beautiful, the hiking and biking trails were great. We will definitely be back. We have a 42ft 5th wheel, so to be in a State Park with such a beautiful site and plenty of room to spare was great. TIP: BE AWARE OF THE HANGING TREES IF YOUR RIG IS ON THE TALLER SIDE. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed three nights in site #29, a pull thru with electricity and water. This is yet another really nice Texas state park: well used but still in good shape and taken care of. Our site was quite spacious and well separated from our neighbors. We enjoyed hiking the trails around the park and visiting the Upper Falls. This would be especially nice in the summer months! Austin is just minutes away.

We had full LTE coverage for AT&T and were able to get all the major networks via OTA antenna. Our satellite was able to get a clear enough view of the southern sky to function.

Be on the lookout for deer! We had some some through the woods bordering our site while we were sitting around the fire.

We enjoyed this park and look forward to returning. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Just fine. Lots of good hiking around the park. Loved the water. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

First off, the park is clean and beautiful. It's perfectly located near Austin and we enjoyed our stay. There were a few issues that prevented me from giving it a "10".

1) The park rate is $20, but each non-Texas resident who doesn't have a park pass pays an extra $6 per stay. That adds up.

2) The visitor center was closed for repairs.

3) The entrance store was being worked on, so most of that was closed too. We couldn't even buy a fire starter there.

4) Part of the park was flooded out and we were not able to see some things we wanted to see.

5) Our site was not very level at all. Many were, but not ours.

Oh, +1 for the nice programs they have. We liked the full moon hike we did. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Austin and easy to drive to.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We had 30 amp service and water. Like many state parks, we did not have sewer or cable, but for $20 it is still a good value. There are nice hiking trails/ Onion Creek and the falls are pretty and the park is well maintained. The only hidden cost is if you do not have a season pass then there is a $6 per day per person usage charge so if you are just staying a few days then the net cost is a little higher than the $20 advertised rate. If you are spending much time in Texas State Parks then the best idea is to buy a Season Pass. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

It's about 20 minutes to downtown and the South Congress tourist areas. Overall, a very nice place to stay.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Spots were spacious. We had a nice view of the lake from our spot. We were there when it was fairly empty so had our pick of spots. A lot were for smaller campers, but they easily fit big rigs too. The only thing we noticed was that some of the spots were sloped, so it might be kind of tough to level it out. We didn't walk to the waterfalls, but understand there are some nice hikes around. They also had wifi by the guard house, which is unusual a state park, but it seems to be usual for Texas state parks. There were picnic tables and fire pits. While there wasn't a walk down to the lake, the road to get there was close and you could fish from it. There is a daily park fee. We ended up buying a yearly pass, which cost us less in the long run. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Very close to Austin, so plenty to do

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Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice state park. The sites are widely separated and most are surrounded by trees and bushes affording a good amount of privacy. Each site has a big tent pad, and a picnic table on a concrete patio. Many of the back in sites are long enough to accommodate big rigs, but not all. There are a lot of pull through sites, but they are the type that are just semi-circles off the road so they are not as private as the back in sites. Wherever you end up, expect to have to do some leveling. In our loop there were two restroom buildings, but only one had showers. They looked clean enough on the surface, but there did seem to be mildew in the corners of the room. Ok, but not very inviting. I used ours. There is no wi-fi, but Verizon was strong enough to use data. The best part about this park is its location. It is only about 15 minutes from downtown Austin and makes a great base for exploring the town and the area. There was plenty of space during the week, but it pretty much filled up on the weekend so I would suggest reservations if you are coming on a weekend. We will definitely stay here again if we are in the area. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you need to do laundry, the Spin Zone on Wm Cannon Drive is very large clean and modern. Also they have a nice clean restroom and several attendants as well as change machines that actually work and take up to $20 bills. Lots of places to sit and free wi-fi too that works well. It's not cheap, but it does make for a pleasant place to do a pain in the butt chore. :)

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall, a great state park near to downtown Austin. This had everything I expect from a state park campground. Spacious sites, good amount of privacy from the next site, rustic setting. My only complaint about this place, and nothing to to shy away from in a campground, is the level of detail and security that they have. They want to know everything about your tow vehicle, camper, license plates, etc. There's a gate combination and two phone numbers to call depending on level of urgency and time of day. There are security patrols through the park seemingly every 15 minutes and there's a camp host every 500 ft. in the park. I don't have a problem with this, but I felt it was overbearing. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We like this park and went there the third time. Everything works fine, 50amp., water. Unfortunately no sewer, so one has to move out after a certain time to dump. How nice would it be if the government invested some money for some updates on roads, sewers etc....

The system to pay the entrance fee every day ($6p.p) makes the park very expensive ($36 for 2people) but this is the same in all Texas State parks. Buy the state park pass when you use it a few times. We like the city of Austin and will go there again. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

A nice state park within minutes of Austin. Nice small park store, helpful staff. Roads are not in the best shape but they have had a lot of rain and flooding in the area. Not all the sites are level. There are some good pull through sites with 50 amps, #9, 10, 14 are good ones. Large area around each site. Plenty of trees for shade. No Wifi, but plenty of TV available with our antenna. Cell service was only OK. Bathrooms were large and clean. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Mixed feelings regarding this campground. Overall, the park was clean, well organized but was kinda pricy for the substandard bathroom facilities.

We bought the state park pass, otherwise it would have been $6.00/per person/per night..or $44 a night including the park access fee.

I was disappointed in the restroom/shower facilities because they were small, outdated, hot and water temp and pressure varied between each of the stalls. All of the bathroom facilities are in dire need of a ground up makeover! We have been to Colorado and Arkansas and their bathroom facilities are orders of magnitude better that what is available at McKinney Falls. It does the job that it's designed to do, but not much more.

Swimming at the falls was pretty cool, and made the trip worthwhile. I would stay there again. Best sites were 45, 46, 47. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
72
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Franklin's BBQ in Austin-opens at 11 am for lunch only, but there is already a line. Congress Ave bridge at dusk to see the bats, New Braunfels to tube down the Comal & Guadalupe river.

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Arriving without a reservation on a Sunday afternoon, we were assigned a spot in a small loop - but encouraged to choose any site we wanted. We kept our assigned site, so nice! The gravel loop-road and our gravel site were well maintained and almost level. The wide sites with shrubs and trees provided nice shade and privacy. Having water and electricity on site was wonderful. The park has a nice trail for hiking between the upper and lower falls. More trails were available for biking, walking and biking. Families were swimming near the falls, and were fishing further down the trails. While close to Austin and it's wide variety of music, the campground is quiet.

The gates are locked at 10PM, no late check-in is available. We watched downtown Austin's million bats emerge from their bridge home for night time feeding, and still enter after hours with our already paid-camper code.

My Verizon coverage was okay.

We would return. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Austin, but quiet.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We really liked this park. Spacious sites with lots of woods for privacy. The way the campground is laid out, you have lots of bends and curves which gives the property a more private feeling. We had one neighbor across from us, and other than that, others were in sight but a nice distance away. Especially like the check in procedure. They assign you a site, and have a binder with photos of all the sites, and if you see something else in binder that looks more suitable, or you get to your site and see something else around that looks better to you, you call them and they change the site for you. We needed a perfectly level site to have some repair work done, and this system worked really well for us. This is a great location to visit all the attractions in Austin. The campground has a couple of water features that shouldn't be missed, the Upper and Lower Falls. Camped here in travel trailer and will be back. Yes, the daily park use fees are a nuisance but we are in Texas for a month or so, so it made sense to buy the yearly pass. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss the LBJ Library, Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Gardens, Amy's Ice Cream, and the nitely bat flight out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge each evening during "bat season." During the height of the season, 1.5 million bats emerge each nite. Quite a site. And do I need to say more about BBQ?

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