Texas State Parks in Austin

Texas State Parks in Austin
There are a number of Texas State Parks in Austin and the surrounding area. Austin is in the central Texas Hill Country, which is among the most picturesque parts of the state. Although several parks serve the Hill Country area, the three state parks closest to Austin are McKinney Falls State Park, Bastrop State Park and Pedernales Falls State Park. These three parks showcase the Texas Hill Country and provide various activities that allow visitors to enjoy the scenery.

McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park is located in the southern part of Austin, Texas. This 744-acre state park was donated in 1970 to the state and was open to the public in 1976. There are parts of the early historical buildings still at the park. The park is named after Thomas McKinney, who was one of the first colonists. The park offers many outdoor activities for the enthusiast to enjoy, including hiking or mountain biking on the many trails throughout the park as well as camping in 84 fully serviced sites that include electricity and water. Fishing and swimming in the creek are permitted as is watching the many species of wildlife when you are on the creek or walking along the park's trails.

McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744
512-243-1643
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Bastrop State Park

Bastrop State Park is one of the largest in the Austin area. This park is located on 5,926 acres of scenic hill country. Most of the land was acquired between 1933 and 1935 and the park opened in 1937. If you enjoy biking and hiking, there are trails for you to enjoy the scenery. Bastrop is home to one of the nicest 18-hole golf courses in central Texas. With its Bermuda grass greens, this course offers a challenge for everyone. You also can rent a canoe at the lake and enjoy the open water. Other activities to enjoy in the park include cabin rentals, campsites and fishing, and there are picnic areas available.

Bastrop State Park
3005 Highway 21 East
Bastrop, TX 78602
512-321-2101
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Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park is a 5,000-acre park in the Austin area. It is located along the Pedernales River and was opened in 1971. Visitors are advised to be prepared for flash flooding in the river area of the park, which can be dangerous. There are many trails on where you can hike or bike and see splendid scenery and wildlife, including whitetail deer, armadillos and coyotes. Swimming and other activities are a fun way to spend the day in the river. Fish in the river include catfish, bass and perch. Catfish seem more plentiful after a rise in the water level. Horseback riding is allowed in the park if you bring your own horse. Pedernales Falls State Park also includes many campsites and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636
830-868-7304
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Gilberto Fuentes draws on his experience in financial services to develop copy for websites in the United States, United Kingdom and Latin America. His work has been published in the online editions of the "San Francisco Chronicle" and the "Houston Chronicle." Fuentes lives in New York and holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and economics.

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