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McKinney Falls State Park

Austin, Texas


5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy
Austin, Texas 78744
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Sites: 81
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 30.18030
Longitude: -97.72171

Elevation: 574' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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72 Reviews

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Review Count: 113
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This is an average State Park. It is starting to show its age, roads and sites need a little work, new asphalt and leveling. The greenery could use some trimming. All in all, this is a fine place to stay for a few days to visit Austin. Great walking and hiking trails, the falls are nice, there are programs in the park through-out the week. There is about 10 sites with 50 amp, the rest are 30 amp. Sprint worked well, the pup loved walking the trails. We saw deer, a coyote, a Great Road Runner bird, along with other birds, all at our campsite. We would stay here again. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Grocery stores and shopping are about 5 miles away. The U of Texas campus is a nice place to visit.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Nice setting and good sites, not necessarily level, though. Enjoyed the park itself also. Close to Austin state capitol. Only complaint is the amount of showers available for the amount of campers. If this park were full I would imagine you would have to wait quite often since this park doesn't have full hookups. Also, be aware there is an extra fee to enter if you don't have the yearly Texas pass. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Capitol building, LBJ library, Mount Bonnell

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 3 nights. You pay an extra $6/adult for day use. Nice trails to hike and the Falls were easy to locate. Lovely spacious spot. Did encounter a few fire ants. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice park to relax and enjoy some hiking.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great place to stay when visiting Austin because the location is so good. We were never more than 15-20 minutes from all of the cool stuff to do in Austin. The park itself is very wooded, which is really nice. We loved our spot, #33. We were originally assigned another site but there was no way our 38 foot motorhome would have been able to be level. That would be my main complaint about this park - the sites are very unlevel. I saw a lot of people way up on blocks or with their tires off the ground. The branches are also not trimmed well enough, we had a close call with our motorhome roof and a branch. We stayed for 12 days, so buying the TX state parks pass was worth it for us, but I agree with others that the daily use fee on top of camping fees is annoying. I went for some walks at night and saw more wildlife than I wanted to, including some crazy coyote pack howling. Breaker at our site was on the fritz so we called and it was fixed within a half hour. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you have a big rig - use your toad to scout for a large level site. Not all of them are.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

I was shocked by the additional fees required to camp included $6 per person per day and $5 per day for our car trailer made our total cost per night $41 for a site with no sewer and no senior discount. Quiet park with shaded roads and paths for biking or hiking. Waterfalls were beautiful and swimming is allowed there. Great location for visiting Austin, but pricey for a State Park. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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
No
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Zilker Metropolitan Park, Zilker Botanical Garden, State Capitol Building

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

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Very popular park due to close proximity to Austin. Close sites, plenty of trees, very helpful staff. We were allowed to change sites because we didn't fit in original site. This park was probably designed when RV's were smaller.

Family oriented park. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Austin and all amenities.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 11

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

Excellent state park in Austin! The sites are huge. Most will accomdate any size rig. Many even have tent pads on them as well. We had no trouble with our 40' fifth wheel. We were in a pull out site and there were many back in sites that would have been just fine. The park was full and they are limited on 50 amp sites. Verizon works well in the area. Staff super helpful and friendly. The hiking trails are amazing as is the scenery at the falls. Great choice in the area for camping. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Urban RV camping can be a disappointing experience. Crowded sites, parking lot aesthetics, bright lighting, and really, all of the things that can ruin a sense of home. Thankfully, when visiting Austin, you have another option with McKinney Falls State Park. Only ten miles from downtown Austin, this relatively spacious park makes for a perfect home base when visiting the city of weird. The spots are absolutely enormous with wooded separation between each site and plenty of land to spread out and enjoy the evenings. The sites come with a picnic table, fire ring with grate and a lantern pole. The sites are relatively level and paved. All sites have water and electric connections, but no sewer connections. However, the dump station is large and convenient. The bathroom facilities are little worn with frequent use. However, they are kept relatively clean considering the amount of traffic. Water pressure is adequate with good access to warm water. The park provides a large number of extremely beautiful hiking trails with ample wildlife spotting opportunities. I don't think I've ever encountered as many deer in one park as I have here, including several bucks. Plenty of birds are also to be found. One night along the river banks, I came across a huge colony of roosting egrets. Quite a sight. The falls themselves are also quite pretty, I personally liked the upper falls the best. Now for the downside, although this isn't really something the park can do much to correct. First, you are in Austin, a college town. You should expect to get some people looking to party in the campsites during the weekends. We did on both weekends we were there. However, during the week the park really empties out and you really get a sense of refuge from the bustling city near by. Secondly, during the days on the weekends, the park is quite popular with locals. This can lead to long lines at the park entrance. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
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: 172
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 90

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: 83
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Not a lot to say that hasn't already been said. This is the perfect location to stay to spend time in Austin. Sites are assigned when you arrive. Also, there's a daily charge per person at all Texas state parks which is on top of the nightly camping charge. So if you're staying in Texas for more than a few days, the state pass is well worth it. My biggest beef was how unlevel my site was. The pull-throughs looked to be more level but the back-ins were pretty rough in that department. The park is beautiful and hiking/biking are right outside your door. Staff is super cool, the price is right. The only thing lacking is full hookups...which is rare in state parks anyway so to be expected. If I were coming back to Austin I would not even consider staying anywhere else. Site accessibility (Roads inside the campground were a bit tight but nothing you can't manage) - 3.5. Campground location (15 min drive to downtown Austin) - 5. Nearby amenities (Everything you could need was within a few miles) - 5. Site Privacy (Very large sites. Not a ton of foliage between them so you can see everything your neighbor is doing) - 4. Campground amenities (No laundry. Dumpsters were easily accessible.) - 3. Dog friendly (Fantastic hiking for the pooches. Accessible directly from the campsites) - 5. Activities (Hiking trails which are also bike friendly, water activities and Austin is very close) - 5. Cost ($20/night for 30 amp W/E) - 4. Staff friendliness (Awesome staff) - 5. Connectivity (Good signal w/out a booster for both ATT and Verizon. Good OTA) - 4. Total rating = 4.35. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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: 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: 3
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: 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: 57
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

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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