McKinney Falls State Park was a fun little place that I had no idea existed! My mom, who is always on the hunt for great photo opportunities, wanted to take pictures of waterfalls here in Texas. We found this little gem in Austin Texas, which is about 160 miles west of Houston and 90 miles north of San Antonio.
Onion creek flows through this park with the Upper Falls closer to the park entrance and Lower Falls a tad bit further down the road. It has not rained much in Texas over the past few months so the Lower Falls were a bit skimpy and the Upper Falls were non-existent.
The Lower Falls were very easy to find. In fact the entire park was easy to navigate and the park rangers were extremely helpful.
The creek was a bit slow which made it great for families with little toddlers to get their toes wet. I took my shoes off to walk in the ankle-deep water.
The water was nice and warm but I would suggest wearing water shoes or sandals with good grips.
Many kids were jumping off of the limestone rocks into the pool below. There are lots of people on the shore and on top of the rocks but I tried to miss them with my camera. People were really enjoying themselves while lounging in tubes, pool noodles and some were picnicking on the shore.
One thing that disappointed me was the amount of garbage that was caught in the rocks. A lot of this is washed in from the creek but still, I imagine some trash gets away from the picnic areas further up the creek. This trash was lodged here and it did not seem to float into the pool where the kids were swimming.
I was unable to get any really good photos of the Upper Falls because it was so dry. There was a pool of water and a small cave where people were swimming and hanging out. This looked like the most popular spot. I showed these photos to my kids and they wanted to pay a visit. We will be going back very soon!
If you’re looking for a small park that has water fun, hiking, camping and biking this is a good place to go.
For more information on visiting the park here is the link.