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Austin, Texas

McKinney Falls State Park

Austin, Texas



Austin, Texas
Phone: (512) 243-1643

Sites: 81
Recent Rate: $20 3/2016

Latitude: 30.1803024292279
Longitude: -97.7217149734497

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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

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57 Reviews

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wildcat77

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

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
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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.

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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dorcol

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $30.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

Very close to Austin, so plenty to do

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Pdxjoanne

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $20.00
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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.

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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WineStream

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $32.00
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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.

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swissman

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

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $24.00
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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.

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The Sandbox

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $24.00
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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.

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PatPerry1966

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

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
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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.

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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AluminumCloud

Review Count: 79
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $23.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

Close to Austin, but quiet.

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smitty12

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
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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.

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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mac2school

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
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Quiet park, level spaces in the woods. Great trails and activities. Bring bug spray! Friendly staff. TX parks require the addt'l per person, per day fee, so consider an annual pass. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

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Buzz777

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

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $24.00
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Great location, quiet, just outside Austin, lots of trees. Park is poorly maintained. Might be in Texas they love to develop money generating business, but don't put much into their public sector. Trails are paved and falling apart. Sites are narrow, roads are narrow. Showers are freezing and old, terrible maintenance, peeling paint, etc. costs more than nightly rate as you have to buy a $70 annual pass or pay the $6 nightly entrance fee on top of camping fee. No sewer, but water and 50 amp for the rate. Sites are not level, they just trimmed low overhanging branches!! We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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AirstreamSJ

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $32.00
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We almost didn't stay here after reading some of the negative comments by other reviewers but we're glad we did. We had an excellent, spacious and private site. Yes, the sites and roads are paved and have been patched but most were not in bad shape; we didn't even need leveling blocks at this site. Verizon wireless data worked well here. Bathrooms were in OK shape, cold water in sinks and no soap or paper towels. Our one complaint is the Texas State Park systems policy of charging for a campsite ($20) PLUS charging a daily use fee of $6 per person. This pushed our site rate up to $32 for a water and electric site which we think is high for a State Park. Other than this pricing our stay was very nice and we would return again if in the area. One night we twice heard a pack of coyotes running through the camp yipping and howling, very cool. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Race fans, this campground is only about 7 miles from Circuit of the Americas which is one of the newest and best race tracks in the US.

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gmbmailbox

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $24.00
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Great park close to Austin and easy to visit the hill country from this area. Very large pull thru sites. Great park staff. Another great Texas State Park. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Major Dad

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $24.00
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Beautiful park and trails to be so close to a major city. Bathouses are in terrible shape and need to be rebuilt. Some trails need to be repaired and reopened. The roads and campsites need repaving. Many sites are not level, but it is a state park in a hilly area so that is to be expected. Some sites are wooded, others in the open. The campsites are spacious. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to visit the Bullock Texas History Museum

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Yikes

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

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $32.00
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Beautiful surroundings and private sites. Close to the city and still had good hiking trails. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Truck Camper.

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