For park specific pet restrictions contact the park. It’s obvious why the park is so popular, close to the city and very beautiful. To be clear, this review is from our stay in the middle of March, before Texas State Parks closed due to the coronavirus. Home > McKinney Falls State Park. What a bummer, Austin is one of our favorite cities. Bring your tent and set up camp at a campground in McKinney Falls State Park. This park books up quickly, and was completely full on the weekend with no availability for several weekends out (we tried to extend our stay). Austin is what I c... Why we chose here? Call the park or park information (1-800-792-1112) for more information. Only gripe is our first night we were in Site 59 and it was terrible. Camp Store: Just a few basics check-in station It is named after Thomas F. McKinney, a businessman, racehorse breeder and rancher, who owned and … See temporary closures and business changes. Or if you’re a couple and staying there for less than five days, you can opt for the $6 per day, per adult entrance fee. I would have preferred biking on a dirt path than the bumpy and uneven 'pavement. Each loop had two showers stalls, but the booths were in one collective “zone” with one curtain closing off the whole area. It was a close escape from the city. 360° view of the lower falls. Verizon was stronger and showed 5 bars at a 5G connection. This will be our spot to stay in Austin every time, BUT it’s usually sold out so make your reservations EARLY. McKinney Falls State Park campground has 75 campsites (all with water & electric hookups) and is located close to beautiful Onion Creek. Connectivity was high for both Verizon and Spring; we worked from the camper (zoom calls, etc) but didn't to use our cell booster. This one is more visible, but there is good spacing between sites, so it’s not like you are looking in your neighbors... Signage is very poor if you are there after dark. We biked a bunch, took long walks to look at the wildflowers, walked along the falls. Contact the state park … Become a Campendium Supporter and enjoy ad-free browsing plus bonus features! We had chosen this campground based on its proximity to Austin, which we didn’t get to explore since everything was closed down. At this park you'll be able to enjoy the wilderness and a tranquil atmosphere while you're still close to the city. And there are a few places to walk in the area, including by the falls, though of course you'll be reminded you are on the edge of a large city between the sounds and the folks out for a stroll for the day. We stayed in a pull through site in the Big Oak camping area with electric and water. There were several trails and - of course- the falls! But site 28, for the next ... Facilities are what would expect from a state park: shared shower areas, water pressure kind of weak. Some campsites are remote and you can’t see your neighbors, some are a little more visible to your neighbors. Brief History. It can be quite expensive to stay in the state parks without a pass in TX. Clean bathrooms. Park Mckinney Falls State Park State Texas Country United States Phone Number (512) 243-1643 Directions View on Google Maps Official Website View Website Coordinates 30.178° N, 97.724° W … Camping near a major urban area is always a challenge, but in McKinney Falls State Park we have discovered a great place to stay that is at once both secluded and accessible. My rate includes the fee for 2 people. Really enjoyed my couple o... We knew we were going to be in Austin for a few weeks. The campsites at McKinney Falls … There is plenty of hiking and biki... GPS Info. We were surprised about the condition of some of the facilities, as they were not as nice as we are used in Colorado State Parks. 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Socially distanced with free spot in between each site for Covid. Be the first to add a note for McKinney Falls State Park! Plus you get free admission into all Texas state parks for 365 days. Please select one to proceed. Make McKinley Park Campground your summer vacation destination. 10/10 would return if in the area. This site was beautiful, nice wide flat driveway, you have your own little grove with good trees for a hammock! McKinney Falls State Park is an action packed park with swimming, bouldering, hiking, camping, and a 500 year old cypress tree! Swimming, fishing, camping fun! For park specific pet restrictions contact the park. Book a Campsite … more, This state park impressed us so much. more. more. For other general pet restrictions check the Texas State Park Regulations. A $70 annual state park pass must be purchased to enter the park, even if you are camping there. Exploring. Location: Perfect location, just 15 minutes fo... We spent our second week in Austin at McKinney Falls State Park. Between this and my planned Labor Day excursion, I’ve already saved more than the cost of the pass. McKinney Falls State Park, Texas - Campsites, Cabins & Lodging. Download McKinney Falls State Park Fishing Tip Sheet for more details about what to look for and how to tie knots. Roads were in poor condition with lots of cracking asphalt. more. The 641-acre park has 80 campsites and is home to Onion Creek, where park-goers can swim and … Small pull off, flanked by tree and post, and breaking pavement made leveling difficult. This site was beautiful, nice wide flat driv... Located within Austin’s city limits, McKinney Falls State Park on the shores of Onion Creek will leave you feeling like you have left big-city life far behind. Swimming, fishing, camping fun! We arrived after dinner and found the signs very difficult to read. Sites are well-maintained and most are pretty flat. The state park we picked, McKinney Falls State Park, is booked for the weekend, and we can only stay one night. We were surprised about the condition of some of the facilities, as they were not as nice as we are ... Location Address: 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, Texas 78744 GPS: 30.180737, -97.721844 View on Map Local Directions: The park is located 13 miles southeast of the state capitol in Austin off of U.S. Highway 183. We stopped at this campground during the end of February and beginning of March for two reasons. Book a Campsite or a Day Use Site Book a Day Pass Book a Tour. There are good hiking trails and good natural swimming holes. We were here for 3 nights. Content of this site copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife Department unless otherwise noted. Showers were hot! We were very happy with our site. Short walk to the showers and bathrooms. What are the best sites to camp in a tent at McKinney Falls State Park? This was our first visit to a Texas State Park, so I have no idea if this campground is typical of all Texas state parks. It was really hard to belie... But it's pretty, and they have a dump station, and you are in freakin' Austin, which is just about the town in Texas. Facility Offers (viewing campsites/day use sites) This facility offers the following options. In our video we talk about some of the pros and cons of state park camping. McKinney Falls State Park in Austin Texas offers 84 campsites with water and electricity; walk-in water sites (200 yards in with a picnic table, a fire ring, a grill, and water in area). It was a close escape from the city. Please select one to proceed. The amenities were pretty limited to the basics. We’re camping during December, so not too crowded, but during the summer this place gets crowded because it’s a nature getaway in the city. Big Grocery Store: Walmart: 6 miles away Bastrop State Park. Because it’s in the city, we had good cell service for both Verizon and ATT. With nearly nine miles of trails, the park is a great place to hike, ride mountain … Bathrooms were sufficient, but nothing to write home about. The state park is awesome. The campsites were clean and on our 5 night stay we were able to enjoy the super secluded site (even though folks were around) and be able to feel like we were in the great outdoors but still 20-25 minutes to downtown Austin. Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and … Our internet and antenna signals were powerful, yet the campground was tranquil, actually shockingly quiet for being so close to a big city! Upon arriving the Ranger assigned us a campsite. It was well-maintained and our site was humongous. We had to fill water into our fresh water tank and run the pump rather than stay connected. But the shower situation was subpar. Add to Favorites. The location is great. We hung up our hammock and spent lots of time outside. We had been here once before 10 years ago in February. ATT toggled between 2-3 bars. There area also 6 cabins available to rent and … The campgrounds have nearby restrooms as well as water and an electric hookup. For a state park, the spots are not too close together in many of the loops. A self-pay station is located at the park headquarters. (Price reflects TSPP discount), This has been my wife and i FAVORITE campsite on our cross country trip yet. Last we checked in on the eastward repositioning, we had just left Seminole Canyon State Park near Del Rio, TX. We... Our second overnight, we spent the night camped on the street in front of our friends’ house. And there are a few places to walk in the area, including by the falls, though of course you'll be reminded you are on the edge of a large city between the sounds and the folks out for a stroll for the day. Small pull off, flanked by tree and post, and breaking pavement made leveling difficult. Located just 13 miles from downtown Austin, McKinney Falls State Park feels like a world away from the city. Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile. (Latitude, Longitude): 30.18058, -97.72213 30°10'50"N, 97°43'20"W In Austin, from the intersection of Hwy 71 & 183, take Hwy 183 south approximately 1.7 miles to McKinney Falls Parkway, turn right, go approximately 3 miles to the park … Please select a reason for flagging this item: © 2021 Campendium Inc. All rights reserved. Crazy that it went from full when we arrived to nearly empty the day we left, even before the park officially closed. McKinney Falls State Park campground is a small and beautiful park hidden within the bustling metropolis of Austin, Texas. While you don’t absolutely have to have a state park pass to camp, you’ll save the equivalent of the $75 cost after one or two camping trips. All three ratings categories are measured on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.Less than 1 percent of parks or campgrounds receive the coveted 10 / 10 / 10 rating, which indicates superior facilities that … The park office will be open Saturday thru Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm. We could take evening walks to the waterfalls, had plenty of trails to get in all of our runs and hike... For a state park, the spots are not too close together in many of the loops. The ONLY complaint I would have is that the campsite we had wasn’t fully paved, more so half paved half gravel, so leveling was a bitter hard but we got it done. It’s not that they were dirty; they were clean. Do you have to pay the entrance fee every day if you are staying in the campground? Anyway, it was a great stay and we’ll definitely be back! Staff is wonderful too. Clean bathrooms. The entire park … Hike or bike down to the falls. Review of McKinney Falls State Park. Campsites with water and electrical service are available at the park for $20 per night plus the daily entrance fee. The daily entrance fee is charged in addition to any facility fees, unless otherwise stated. Call 218-753-5921 or 218-780-6860 or email mckinleyparkcampground@breitungtownship.org for reservations. McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas: 81 reviews, 20 photos, & 19 tips from fellow RVers. It was really hard to believe we were within Austin city limits! It was well-maintained and our site was humongous. Lots of birds in the morning - the cardinals might drive you a little crazy with their songs. To us, this campground felt like the best of two very different worlds. The campsites were clean and on our 5 night stay we were able to enjoy the super secluded site (even though folks were around) and be able to feel like we were in the great outdoors but still 20-25 minutes to downtown Austin. 38 minutes – East of Austin. To be clear, this review is from our stay in the middle of March, before Texas State Parks closed due to the coronavirus. more. more, This has been my wife and i FAVORITE campsite on our cross country trip yet. Really enjoyed my couple of days. This park is in a natural setting, but is also pretty close to the city. So do a lot of people though, so make your reservation early. 6 - This is a fantastic site! I’m guessing most people just shower in their campers at this campground. That’s not a thing we want to do again. Showers were hot! The park is beautifully maintained. We enjoyed being able to camp so close to Austin and our site was spacious with electric and water. McKinney Falls State Park, Texas - Camping & Reservations. McKinney Campground sits on the banks of Allatoona Lake, providing visitors with a variety of water activities in the green rolling hills of Georgia. Convenience Store: A couple of options within 5 miles As we’re staying at 6 Texas State parks over a 5 week period, getting the annual park pass more than paid for itself. Beautiful scenery. But site 28, for the next night, made up for it. Socially distanced with free spot in between each site for Covid. Not much has changed, though I defin... Eastward Bound: Stop in the Austin Area Our OTA antenna picked up 36 channels. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/texas/mckinney-falls-state-park Located near the water falls on Onion Creek the park is 13 miles form the state … McKinney Falls State Park is located in Austin, Texas, and covers an area measuring 641 acres. In this video I take a scooter ride on my high speed mobility scooter and video most of the park th... McKinney Falls State Park, Texas is a wonderful and beautiful place to spend a few nights RV camping! ', We loved our stay here. Sites are spaced and wooded to provide decent privacy. If you’re staying a week like we did this is obviously the better deal, costing us $58 in usage fees vs. $84. The daily entrance fee is charged in addition to any facility fees, unless otherwise stated. This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com, We enjoyed being able to camp so close to Austin and our site was spacious with electric and water. Nice grassy area for a tent or two; this would be a perfect site for a larger family or a group of friends (you know, when it reopens). Fine city park, but not much character and I didn't feel a sense of neighborliness. more. McKinney Campground provides 150 spacious campsites… Pets are not allowed in any Texas State Park buildings. Be the first to add a video for McKinney Falls State Park! If you want an RV park in Austin, TX, but you still want to feel like you are RV camping in nature, you can’t beat McKinney Falls State Park. Grocery: HEB: 4.6 miles away We were there 5 days and it was sold out completely throughout the week and almost weeks in advance. In my opinion, this is one of the best parks in the state. Introduction But it's pretty, and they have a dump station, an... We could take evening walks to the waterfalls, had plenty of trails to get in all of our runs and hikes, but then also could drive into the downtown area in under 15 minutes! The 81 campsites each have water … We saw deer and a fox in the campground while we were there. Not too crowded either; day passes are restricted to reservations only. Firewood is sold in vending machines throughout the campsites, but it’s real expensive (like $20 a stack; we skipped on having a fire). Sites are well-maintained and most are pretty flat. more. It also had nice shade and good … Their is also a $6 per person per night fee you have to pay on top of your reservation. On our last night, a ranger came around to tell us the park was closing the next day (4/20/2020) but by that point, the park was pretty deserted. Date of Stay: February 19 – 26, 2018. Firewood for sale in lockers. Please call the park or park information (1-800-792-1112) for the latest updates. The Onion Creek trail was more like an aging bike path with cracked concrete/asphalt. But with a big town to explore right outside of the park, this was not a problem for us. Add to Favorites. Best Camping Near Austin McKinney Falls State Park McKinney Falls State Park is located just 10 miles from downtown Austin and offers 81 campsites as well as 6 cabins for getaway … Find First Available Date. I’d estimate a 20’ travel trailer would be able to fit comfortably. I’d estimate a 20’ travel trailer would be able to fit comfortably. Please call the park or park information (1-800-792-1112) for the latest updates. That was it for privacy. Lots of deep sites with good space and separation. 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