Monday, August 3, 2015

Focus on Austin: Take a Nature Break Minutes from Downtown

McKinney Falls State Park is a popular attraction close to downtown Austin.
Planning to bring your family with you to Austin or just want a quick get-away for yourself? The weather in Austin is beautiful, so why not head to a nearby park? A local favorite is the nearby McKinney Falls State Park.

Located just 13 miles southeast of downtown, McKinney Falls offers 726 acres of hiking and cycling trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a campground, and Onion Creek for wading and rock skipping. If you bring kids, ask the park rangers for free Junior Ranger Explorer Packs so they can track and sketch animals, bugs and other wildlife.

The falls at McKinney Falls are considered one of the most impressive falls in the Austin area (based on the amount of rain the area has received.) The park’s trails are moderately long and easy enough for kids of all ages to walk and skip to their heart’s content. When the creek is low, everyone enjoy walking on the limestone creek bed.

McKinney Falls State Park is open daily, year-round from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free for kids 12 years and under, and only $6 for adults, it is a good option for an adventure with the family. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744
Click here for the website.

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