In the southeast part of Austin, not far from the airport (consider this when you have a long layover), this wooded preserve lies at the confluence of two streams, with waterfalls flowing over limestone ledges. It offers a 2.8-mile hike-and-bike trail, as well as fishing, swimming, and camping; there’s even a small historic site. This is a popular spot on fine-weather weekends and sometimes gets closed when it reaches capacity—call ahead or check the park’s Twitter feed or Facebook posts (links are on the website).
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy. , Austin, TX
Our Rating Neighborhood Southeast Austin Hours Daily 8am–10pm; park office daily 8:30am–4:30pm (Fri until 6:30pm) Phone 512/243-1643 Prices $6 adults, free for children 6 and under Web site McKinney Falls State Park
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