McKinney Falls State ParkHomestead Trail

Austin, Texas

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The walk to get to the trailhead is a miniadventure. Go over the lavalike rock flows from Pilot Knob volcano, which created Lower McKinney Falls eighty million years ago. Then ford Onion Creek, or wade across the top of the falls. The trail passes by the ruins of Thomas F. McKinney’s 1850s homestead and grist mill. Return to the trailhead and walk to the Smith Rock Shelter Trail to view the remnants of a natural rock shelter used hundreds of years ago.

McKinney Falls State Park:Homestead Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The walk to get to the trailhead is a miniadventure. Go over the lavalike rock flows from Pilot Knob volcano, which created Lower McKinney Falls eighty million years ago. Then ford Onion Creek, or wade across the top of the falls.

The trail passes by the ruins of Thomas F. McKinney’s 1850s homestead and grist mill. Return to the trailhead and walk to the Smith Rock Shelter Trail to view the remnants of a natural rock shelter used hundreds of years ago."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: September to June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: NCGS Topo: Montopolis 7.5' quad
Driving Directions: Directions to McKinney Falls State Park:Homestead Trail

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May 2018