McKinney Falls State Park Homestead Trail

Austin, Texas 78744

McKinney Falls State Park Homestead Trail

McKinney Falls State Park: Homestead Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The walk to get to the trailhead is a mini-adventure. Go over the lava-like rock flows from Pilot Knob volcano, which created Lower McKinney Falls 80 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 gristmill."

More McKinney Falls State Park: Homestead Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"There is water for your dog at the restrooms and from the creek but not along the trail. The park also has campsites, including walk-in sites, screened shelters, and an interpretive center."

"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 Reviews

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12/31/2011
The best part of the trail was the beginning, when you're at the lower falls. after that--aside from the ruins of McKinney's old summer home--there wasn't much on this trail that you can't find on any other much more secluded trail.
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8/26/2009
I hiked this trail before all the rains came to texas it was dry but you could tell the waterfall will be very beautiful when it rains, the trail however was a little disappointing it was pretty easy not much of a challenge and some of the trail was next to a road which took away escaping from civilization, the trail also comes up on the backside of Texas Parks and Wildlife headquarters which is not the great if your looking for a rugged challenging hike so if you wana nice stroll through some wooded areas this is it but if your looking for a challenge then this isnt your place
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3/25/2009
Nice trail with good scenery also many other trails in the area well used trail for running and jogging not very challenging but a nice walk and also swimming with water falls
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Trail Information

Austin
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
September to June
Season

Activity Feed

Oct 2018