McKinney Falls State Park campground is right on the edge of Austin, TX! We stopped at this campground during the end of February and beginning of March for two reasons. First off, the weather is lovely there during that time of year! Secondly, we were attending SXSW.
Austin holds a special place in our hearts. It’s where Barrett and I first met, where we bought our first home, where we spent many nights playing volleyball and softball with friends, where I produced a documentary and where I ended up going to grad school. There’s a lot of history in that city for us. We spent five magical years there, watching Austin transform into a behemoth of a town, and for the most part, we loved every moment of it.
But the city did outgrow what we were looking for in a place. This trip was the first time we had been back in a while, and we were eager to see in what ways we missed it and in what ways we’ve changed since living there.
Campground Description & Atmosphere
McKinney Falls State Park campground is a small and beautiful park hidden within the bustling metropolis of Austin, Texas. I’m ashamed to say that I NEVER explored this park while I was living there. I only went to the headquarters there once for a location scout meeting.
Walking around this park, it became glaringly apparent to me how much RV life had already changed our priorities by just being there and enjoying it when we weren’t working or attending the conference.
To us, this campground felt like the best of two very different worlds. It was a close escape from the city. We could take evening walks to the waterfalls, had plenty of trails to get in all of our runs and hikes, but then also could drive into the downtown area in under 15 minutes! Our internet and television signals were very strong, yet the campground was tranquil.
More pictures of our site. It was huge!
We’ve found that often the best part about staying at State Parks is all of the hiking and biking trails that are often right outside your front door. Honestly, when we find an awesome trail, footsteps away from the camper, it is one of the greatest feelings and truly one of my favorite parts about RV life.
STATS ON THE CAMPGROUND
|Address||5808 McKinney Falls Parkway|
Austin, TX 78744
Latitude: 30.180752, Longitude: -97.722007
|How Tight are the Spaces, Privacy & Proximity to Neighbors||Big spots with TONs of privacy!|
|Our Site||Site 3|
|Atmosphere||Very quiet, actually shockingly|
quiet for being so close to a
|Electric||69 – 30 amp sites (what we were in)|
12 – 50 amp sites
|Sewage||NO, One dump station at the|
|Cell/Internet coverage||Sprint and Verizon were both great|
|In Park Wifi||NO|
|TV Stations Picked Up||Many|
|Amount of Hiking||Over 10 miles of hiking trails|
within the park. Hiking Map
|Water Access / Swimming||Swimming is allowed in Onion|
Creek. The park does not have
lifeguards; swim at your own risk.
|Anything special on property||We saw deer and a fox in the|
The amenities were pretty limited to the basics. But with a big town to explore right outside of the park, this was not a problem for us.
The bathrooms were a bit of a disappointment. It’s not that they were dirty; they were clean. But the shower situation was subpar.
I’m guessing most people just shower in their campers at this campground. Each loop had two showers stalls, but the booths were in one collective “zone” with one curtain closing off the whole area. That was it for privacy. I guess this would be optimal for families, but not for much of anyone else.
|Cleanliness||They were clean|
|Privacy||I’m going to go with non-existent.|
One curtain door for both shower
|Water Temperature||Did not stay warm the whole time.|
|Number of Bathhouses||Two in our loop, only one with|
|Number of Toilets||I cannot 100% remember, but I’m|
pretty sure it was three in each
|Number of Showers||Two|
Local Area & Attractions
So much! Austin, TX is at your fingertips!!
LOCAL AREA & ATTRACTIONS
|Attractions Around Town||Austin, TX!|
|Proximity to the Closest Big Town||In Austin|
|Camp Store||Just a few basics check-in station|
|Convenience Store||A couple of options within 5 miles|
|Grocery||HEB: 4.6 miles away|
|Big Grocery Store||Walmart: 6 miles away|
|Gas||Many options within 5 miles|
Dates We Were There and Cost:
2/21/2019 – 3/7/2019
$20 per night
A $70 annual state park pass must be purchased to enter the park, even if you are camping there. Or if you’re a couple and staying there for less than five days, you can opt for the $6 per day, per adult entrance fee.
Everything was terrific here except for the complete lack of privacy in the bathhouses.