McKinney Falls and Austin Area

This was a 2-night stay in June and it was warm to say the least, but it was still a nice stay. There were dances in the area and that’s always a good thing. The water level was VERY low at the falls, both upper and lower and I got to the Visitor’s Center about 10 minutes after they closed, so I missed some of what the park had to offer. Another trip is in order, I do believe. I was able to complete an Earthcache on the Rock Shelter Trail, which I haven’t done in a while, so that was nice. And of course, I captured several Munzees on the trip. I do enjoy my scavenger hunts. I got in a good campground breakfast one morning, but also hit a few places to eat during the weekend. This park is in a greenspace in Austin so there's lots to choose from. Tip for summers: Find things to do in the AC or early morning/late afternoon.

McKinney Falls State Park

Type of Park: State Park 

Check In: 2 pm   Check Out: 12 pm

🚻 Restrooms were clean

🚿 Showers were available, but I didn't use them

πŸ’© Dump Station

πŸ”Ž Munzees and Geocaches in the Park

🚢🏻‍♀️ Trails for walking and biking 🚲

🌊 Onion Creek was very low at this time

🏚 Cabins

Group Hall

🚧 Gates are closed and locked from 10 pm (code given at check in)

πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ’Ό Staff was friendly

Visitor's Center

πŸ“‹ Site #80 , Big Cedar Camping Area

  • πŸ”™ Back In

  • πŸ…Ώ Site Pad: asphalt, long enough for trailer and tow vehicle

  • πŸ’§ Water - high enough for filter to hang down

  • ⚡ Max amp: 30

  • πŸ”₯ Fire Ring w/Grate (but a burn ban was on)

  • Picnic Table: metal with wood tops, concrete base

  • Wooded on the back end of the site. You can see the neighbors on either side through the trees.

  • 🌳 Good shade on most of the site

πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Cons:

  • No sewer (but most State Park sites don’t have it)


Regular cost per night $20 + $6 daily fee + $10 for extra vehicle

Discounts: Texas State Parks Pass. Daily fees waived, half off second night

My Total Cost for 2 nights πŸ’²52

In the Area:

The campground is in south Austin, but it doesn’t feel like it’s in an urban area. City close with the feel of being out in nature. LOTS to do very close. Dining, dancing, bars, water sports, bats, shopping, State Capitol and more. 

Covert Park at Mount Bonnell

πŸ’œ Highlights of this trip:
  • Chicken Fried Steak and Peach Cobbler at The Broken Spoke (didn’t stay for the dance)

  • Sunset at Mount Bonnell (Covert Park)

  • Campground breakfast - made it on the Coleman stove since there was a burn ban on. 🍳πŸ₯“

  • 🚢🏻‍♀️ Walking the trails - even though the water was low and it was pretty hot, especially in the afternoon

  • Tacodeli - outdoor seating was nice to have Pepper with me. Lunch with several mountain bikers after their morning ride.

  • πŸ‘’ Dancing to Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition at the Cotton Country Club in Granger. What a great mix of music. Ask about the brownie & ice cream! 

  • Gateway Church South Austin

  • Javi’s Best of Tex Mex - was able to sit outside with Pepper. Yummy fajitas. 

  • 🚘 205.5 miles round trip - 9.5 mph

The Broken Spoke

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