McKinney Falls State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

McKinney Falls State Park

is located in Austin, Texas, and covers an area measuring 641 acres. It is named after Thomas F. McKinney, a businessman, racehorse breeder and rancher, who owned and lived on the land in the mid-to-late 19th century. The park was opened to the public on April 15, 1976. Some of its most notable features include the scenic upper and lower falls along Onion Creek, as well as its several designated hiking trails. The park itself is also part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. Two of the most popular sightseeing opportunities within the state park include the Smith Rock Shelter, a limestone overhang used for shelter by Native Americans for hundreds of years, along with the ruins of McKinney's homestead. Both sites are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Several species of flora and fauna also call the region home, with Bald Cypress, sycamores, pecan trees, prickly pear, and wildflowers such as the Texas Bluebonnet among these. Visitors also frequently spot wildlife such as white-tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, coyote, cottontail rabbits, fox squirrels, turtles, and snakes. If you’re planning on visiting McKinney Falls State Park, you’ll certainly want to come prepared. Keep reading to find out more about in-park activities, camping, weather, and more.

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Weather
Spring 49°F - 86°F
Summer 70°F - 97°F
Fall 47°F - 91°F
Winter 37°F - 66°F
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Nearby Cities
Austin, TX
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RV Resorts & Campsites in McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park is a popular destination for camping year-round. If glamping it up with a cozy bed, fully-stocked kitchen, and private bathroom is more your style, then we recommend visiting this stunning place in an RV. If you don’t own one, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget and needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

The state park features over 80 campsites, including developed sites with electric and water hookups ranging from $20 - $24 per night. Hike-in sites and cabins are also available. Other amenities at the park include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire rings with grills. These spaces can fill up quickly, especially during peak season, so we’ve also listed three additional campgrounds within the local area.

Austin Lone Star RV Resort

Just a 15-minute drive away from the state park is the Austin Lone Star RV Resort, which provides over 150 spacious, tree-shaded sites complete with full hookups. With its convenient location, you’ll find it easy to access all of Austin’s most popular tourist destinations from here. Long term stays are available, and sites can fit RVs measuring up to 45 feet.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: heated swimming pool, clubhouse, RV supplies, gift shop / camp store, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, pet area, pavilion, picnic area, playground, fitness center, game room.

La Hacienda RV Resort

La Hacienda RV Resort might be a little further out from the state park, but with its high ratings and popularity among travelers, it’s worth the 45-minute drive. This luxury resort offers a wide range of amenities and planned activities for guests of all ages. Plus, it’s still conveniently located within the capital city of Austin, close to all the excitement. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: swimming pools, hot tub, clubhouse, RV supplies, gift shop / camp store, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, dog park, pavilion, picnic area, playground, fitness center, game room.

Austin East KOA Holiday

Just over 20 minutes’ drive from the state park is Austin East KOA Holiday, which provides a wonderful base for Austin’s year-round roster of festivals and events. As with all KOAs, you can expect plenty of helpful amenities and fun activities to keep the whole family entertained. The maximum pull-thru length is 75 feet.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: heated swimming pool, cable TV, pavilion, dog park, firewood and propane for purchase, 24-hour laundry, playground, recreation room.

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What to Do at
McKinney Falls State Park

Inside McKinney Falls State Park

There’s a reason why numerous visitors flock here each year. McKinney Falls State Park gives visitors the chance to take part in fun outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, geocaching, and more.

Hiking: McKinney Falls provides fairly good variety in terms of hiking terrain, including almost 9 miles of trails. Some of the most popular trails include the Onion Creek trail (which is paved), Rock Shelter trail, and Lower Falls and Homestead trail. 

Biking: Many of the park’s hiking trails are also available to bikers. The most popular trail for bicycling is the Onion Creek Trail, as it has an easy to navigate, paved surface. 

Fishing: You don’t need a license to fish from the shore in a Texas state park. Both Onion and Williamson creeks provide great fishing opportunities for anglers, with the most commonly caught species being sunfish, largemouth bass, and catfish. Other species to look out for include crappie and white bass.

Swimming: Visitors can swim in Onion Creek, however, must be aware that the creek can flood after rainfall. This area is not patrolled by lifeguards, so swimmers should take caution.

Geocaching: Visitors of all ages love the ‘treasure hunt’ that geocaching provides. Geocaches are hidden items that may be camouflaged, but not buried. Visitors simply use a GPS unit or smartphone app to find the coordinates of the nearby geocache, then set out to find it. It’s a great way to enjoy the scenery of the state park and have some fun along the way.

Outside McKinney Falls State Park

If you thought there was a lot of activities on offer within the park, then you’ll be surprised by just how many wonderful things there are to do outside of McKinney Falls’ gates. The state park is just 13 miles from the state capitol, providing you with stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and more.

Restaurants

Trudy's South Star

Less than a 15-minute drive from the state park is one of the most popular restaurants within the area. Since 1977, Trudy's South Star has served Tex-Mex favorites, along with Happy Hour classics such as margaritas. In fact, it’s been voted as having the best margarita in Texas for two years in a row!

Type: Tex-Mex

Location: Austin, TX

Waffle House

For decadent, all-day breakfast, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a Waffle House in town. Along with their signature waffles, this place also serves burgers, melts, steaks, sandwiches, grilled chicken, and more.

Type: Diner / all-day breakfast chain

Location: Austin, TX

Asiana Indian Cuisine

If you’re craving something a little different during your state park stay, then you’ll find Asiana Indian Cuisine just over a ten-minute drive away. It serves authentic Indian food buffet-style, providing both meat and vegetarian options.

Type: Indian

Location: Austin, TX

Shopping

Sightseeing

Zilker Metropolitan Park

The Zilker Metropolitan Park is located in Austin and is one of the most popular destinations within the city. It’s home to a variety of sports fields, as well as a nature and science center, natural spring-fed pool, botanical gardens, theater, sculpture garden, museum, miniature train rides, and so much more.

Location: Austin, TX

Bullock Texas State History Museum

While you’re visiting Texas, you might want to learn more about the history of the state through educational exhibitions and fun activities. There’s even an IMAX onsite. Admission into the Bullock Texas State History Museum ranges from $9 - $13 per person.

Location: Austin, TX

Peter Pan Mini-Golf

This miniature golf course has been operating since 1946, but it’s still a hit with families. Carrying a Peter Pan theme, this Austin tradition offers two 18-hole courses featuring everything from fake whales and castles, to a large T-rex. Rates range from $9 - $11.

Location: Austin, TX

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How to Get to
McKinney Falls State Park

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 entrance on the right.

Entering McKinney Falls State Park

Children 12 years and under are free to enter the park, while adults must pay a daily admission fee of $6.

Adult Admission Ticket : $6

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to McKinney Falls State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!