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homestead trail
User: jimmy peace - 7/17/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.70 Miles Duration: N/A

i did the homestead trail on this one ,  i did three state parks in one day 

Enjoyable Hike
User: Eveline - 2/27/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Trails reopened to both of upper and lower falls.  Still couldn't cross over to the homestead.

Some trails here are still closed from the flood, but we still had a good time!
User: heatharcadia - 1/31/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.86 Miles Duration: 2 hours

This place was packed today due to the unseasonably warm weather. We had planned to hike the Onion Creek Trail on the south side of the park, but it seemed to still be closed from the Fall floods, so we made our way through the water and hiked around the Homestead Trail Area. The ruins of the old gristmill and home are pretty neat, but other than that the trail is pretty unremarkable. It was still nice to get out in this great weather, though.

If I hadn't been running on a tight schedule we would have made our way to the Flint Rock Loop on the north side of the park to make for a longer hike, but that will have to wait for another day.

As always, the area around the lower falls was enjoyable due to the neat rock. This area has always reminds me of the surface of the moon.

lots of water
User: jimmy peace - 5/6/2015  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

we couldnt do the homestead trail cause of high water.. 

Homestead Trail
User: crocodile235 - 5/11/2014  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

Not bad, not great.  An easy, mostly flat hike through some pretty woods, with some wildflowers in the occasional sunny section. This trail would be better if it didn't hug the park boundary for a while in its NE corner--the trail emerges in the backyard of TPWD HQ and you walk by the buildings and parking lot. 

Beautiful Falls
User: Lone_Star - 4/21/2014  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 12.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 10 minutes

McKinney Falls State Park is a very scenic and popular park.  There are some beautiful water falls along Onion Creek and natural pools where you can cool off and go swimming.  There is also an interesting rock shelter formation above the creek.

There are a number of trails in this park which provide variety in scenery and mileage.  The trails are well-marked and easy to follow, except for the area where you cross over the creek.  This spot is solid limestone and there are no signs showing where to cross, but if you study the map they provide you at the park entrance then you'll figure it out.

User: ValEpiscopo - 10/5/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: 45 minutes
Hiked trail.
User: ValEpiscopo - 10/5/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.80 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Hiked Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail.
Do NOT do this hike in the summer!!
User: kahanajayne - 7/13/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Fairly new to Austin my friends and I are discovering new hikes. We have been on two thus far (Barton Springs and Emma Long) which were beautiful, very shady and off leash. I guess, naively, we assumed most trails in Texas were completely canopied; unfortunately not so for Onion Creek Trail at McKinney Falls State Park. Pros: $6 (cash only) entrance to the park + plenty of parking The Onion Creek trail is paved the entire way - would be perfect for cruiser bikes albeit one short steep section (you could easily walk your bike up). the "upper falls" swimming hole is very close to the parking area. Cons: 90% of the trail is unshaded and no trashcans or fountains on the entire 3 mile journey except for in the campground at the very beginning. Burs galore! Not sure if this is an Austin thing in the summer but our group's dogs picked up so many burs along the way (even though I had to end up carrying mine 90% of the way b/c it was too hot for them), they still picked up probably 50 + burs each - staying completely on the trail! WAY TOO HOT to be comfortable or remotely enjoyable in the summer. I strongly recommend staying off this trail if the temps are above 80 degrees. I may try it again in the fall.
nice
User: jimmy peace - 6/19/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
it was nice as always even as hot a day as it was
User: ValEpiscopo - 5/5/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.60 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Hiked both loops and back and forth on the connecting interpretive trail.
User: ValEpiscopo - 5/5/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.80 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Park of McKinney Falls miles.
Confusing loop
User: Austin Explorer - 1/2/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.14 Miles Duration: 49 minutes

The TPWD map shows a loop separate from the side trail that contains all of the picnic benches, but it's hard to know exactly where to turn.  Not that big of a deal though since you'll end up where you want to regardless.

The weather today was fantastic and there were a number of people out after midday.

Helping out the parks
User: Austin Explorer - 1/2/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.75 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 24 minutes

The weather today was fantastic and a good number of people were out in the park today as a result.  I can't complain too much though since Texas Parks needs all of the visitors that it can get so that they can keep the gates open!

The Homestead Trail is far from the most scenic state park trail, but it's a little bit of mileage.  On top of that I had failed to log my last visit, so I needed to get this one recorded to make it official.

Easy hike
User: lawhit - 1/10/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

This is a real easy hike Love to do this again The ground was smooth with no real ruff areas and no real levels diffucutlies

neat historic decay and so close to Austin
User: BlairBear - 12/6/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: BlairBear - 12/6/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A

I found it strange that an interpretive trail focusing on a utilized rock shelter had so little information on the Native American cultures that lived in the area. Granted, I was there on a weekday during the offseason so the visitor center near the trailhead was closed. There was probably more info in there.

User: jtkatie - 7/31/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Definitely go clockwise like the main review tells you to - and take a map! The trail is so poorly marked that you can easily get off-track like we did...

We thought that the recommendation was to go counter-clockwise. So, after finding the Homestead, we traveled east along the jeep trail (instead of the westward direction to go clockwise). Bad idea. The jeep trail seems lightly used and weeds had grown up.

We eventually hit a locked gate, where we almost turned around. Luckily, we went around it and found the aforementioned fitness center. Some kind TPWD employees asked if they could help us when they found us staring at the map inside the door. They pointed us the right direction to go clock-wise back to the falls.

Once we reached the falls, we were determined to make the loop - so we went all the way around counter-clockwise and enjoyed the hike very much. We ran across a couple of groups of hikers along the way, but mostly had the trail to ourselves. Well, besides the animals... We saw no snakes (as mentioned in the review), but saw 3+ deer and had a stare-fight with a rabbit for about 5 minutes before he hopped along his way. :-)

The ~3 mile hike took us 1:05 once we restarted.

A short but very pleasant stroll along the creek
User: jtkatie - 7/31/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.80 Mile Duration: 24 minutes

Rock overhang over the trail was pretty awesome, but not that out of place if you have explored the rest of the park.

One caution, if you are afraid of spiders, don't look up! Your worst nightmare is hanging out above your head. There were about 12 million daddy-longlegs - give or take a few million - hanging out in colonies on the "roof" of the rock overhang.

The trail has some very pretty views of creek, a amazing bald cyprus tree (the largest in Travis County - says a sign). The trail itself is interpretive... but there were no guides at the start of the trail. "3" "7" and "13" don't have much meaning as you walk along the trail... but at least you realize that there is something special there.

Wildlife report: many many songfull birds (at least some cardinals, summer tangers, a probable oriole, many pigeons) and we got to experience another stare-down with a rabbit who was hanging out on the trail.

The most scenic part of McKinney Falls State Park
User: ee_achee - 6/20/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

The hike is short, easy, with a lot of shade and beautiful view of the onion creek. Not much of a challenge, but it is a lovely walk in the summer.

Great trail
User: texaskdog - 5/2/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

We attempted this hike a few months ago and the water was rushing and there was no way to cross.   Lately Walnut Creek had been so low so figured this was a good time to head back to McKinney.  We passed a group of 4 early in our hike, otherwise saw NO ONE after we left the falls.  Found the right trails with the park map but only because I'm good with maps.  Hot day and the falls were crowded though.  It appeared you could park at TPWD and get in free the back way but we didn't try it.  Google Maps did send us on Smith School which actually doesn't connect.  $5 per person now to get in, but worth it!  This hike is better than the Onion Creek hike, I would hike Homestead, Rock Shelter, then Onion Creek until it heads up the hill.

Dont bother
User: texaskdog - 5/2/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 20 minutes

Followed the paved Onion Creek trail until it goes up the hill and you see the "please stay on trail" sign.  There is a path around a gate and it takes 20 minutes round trip after you leave the path.  Really isn't worth the time & effort, though the paved path leading up to it is (until you get to the hill itself)

Most hikes were great
User: texaskdog - 5/2/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Homestead-Great and remote.  Onion Creek-part by the creek was nice.  Rock Shelter-fun.  Upper Onion-nothing special.

Short but pretty
User: austinali27 - 3/3/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
One of the best $5 you'll ever spend.
User: sdonaldson - 2/21/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
It's okay
User: texaskdog - 2/7/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

Wanted to do Homestead too but water was roaring!  Nice thing is it made the falls GREAT and better than the trickle before, still had to pay the full $5 and they didn't tell us Homestead was uncrossable going in.  The western side is far nicer but also the shortest part.  It is a nice hike but nothing spectacular.

Great short hike
User: texaskdog - 2/7/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 15 minutes

Grading on a curve, it is SO short but a beautiful bridge and rock shelter make it worth it.  Can be done on the way to the homestead trail from the visitor center.

Nice waterfalls
User: 9hiking - 1/21/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Nice day hike
User: Buddahbabym - 9/6/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

This was a nice hike- and paved the entire way.  The map from the park was not very accurate- but we were still able to figure out where we were going.  McKinney Falls is very neat-however- the falls are not there this year- due to the draught?  This was a nice- simple hike.  Very enjoyable

Homested trail
User: reynoldser - 7/10/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Lovely little park just down the street. Well worth checking out, though they don't allow swimming in the lower falls.

Hiking and swimming.
User: Falchion - 7/3/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

We hiked between the lower and upper falls (maybe 2 miles round trip?) on the nature trail.  We did it in the morning while it was cooler, although it is still hot.  We saw no one outside of the area around the two falls.

Then we went swimming beneath the upper falls, which was busy, but not crowded and very refreshing after sweating on the hike.  All in all, a good morning and afternoon.

Due to the drought, the falls were a little disappointing.  Plenty of water for swimming at the upper falls, but not much coming over the falls.  The lower falls didn't look very good for swimming and only had a few fisherman there.

User: reynoldser - 6/13/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours
rock shelter
User: caspalding66 - 5/7/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: 15 minutes
short and quick...great rock formation
Scenic, Good Trails
User: tjbustem - 3/28/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: 30 minutes

Beautiful trail worth doing even though it is only 1/2 mile.

Easy, Scenic
User: tjbustem - 3/28/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

The map on this site is accurate for this hike.  The one you get at the park is way off.  We were never sure we were actually on the right trail.

Easy, Scenic
User: tjbustem - 3/27/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

Mostly paved trail with nice scenery.

Easy, slightly hilly
User: tjbustem - 3/27/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Mostly paved trails that meander past Onion Creek and up through a wooded area.  After a while much of it began to look the same.

Peace and Quiet
User: supercobraz - 2/10/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.64 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Took me longer then it should because I was constantly trying to locate my position with my GPS. Man...that map they give you is way off. The extra distance is because I measured from the parking lot and did some walking around the falls to get to the trail head.

Peaceful, easy walk
User: row_01 - 1/3/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Looking forward to returning in the summer and swimming in the water.  The falls area was nice, there were people fishing there.  The trail was easy, small hills at the beginning and flat for most of the rest. 

nice waterfalls, easy hike
User: haggai - 1/1/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

We hiked around the upper and lower falls, and the rock shelter.  The water was low because of the drought, but it was neat to see all the tunnels carved in the rock by Onion Creek.

Good Easy Walk
User: DirectionlyImpaired - 11/4/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Entering the park I bought a state park pass and the rangers (are they still called that?) were very nice and I was given a good map to help from getting lost.

I started with the Rock Shelf Interpretive Trail which was short but interesting.  The trail was a bit rough but not too bad and well worth the detour from the main trails.  After that I started at the swimming area which was filled with kids and a bit loud and followed the paved Hike and Bike Trail past the camping area.  Just past the camping area is a bit of a steep hill but there were benches to sit down and relax throughout the trail.  It was a nice, easy and quite walk and I even got to stop and watch an armidillo foraging for food.  

The only drawbacks were the noise around the swimming area and getting passed by 3 or 4 bikers but that was very minor. 

Overall, I will definitely go back to try the Homestead trail.

Fun photo opportunities
User: rhiwink - 10/18/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 3 minutes

We love doing nature and flower photography, this hike had both.

Nice Hike
User: stk1618 - 9/27/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Even though it is hard to find the trailhead for the first time, it is a nice trail. The reason my distance is longer is because I walked this loop 3 times.

User: bwellmon - 5/24/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 minute
User: lancescape - 2/28/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours
User: lancescape - 2/13/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
User: bspross - 2/2/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 30 minutes

The rock shelter reminds me of Mesa Verde.  It follows the stream and has some extra rock steps and some grade.  We also did the nature trail which goes back to the Visitor Center and Upper McKinney Falls.

User: bspross - 2/2/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

I was actually surprised at how few people we saw after the falls.  It was a beautiful day and this hike is very close to Austin, yet we only saw people every 15 minutes or so.

Onion Creek
User: Ollie - 1/2/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Nice hike and it was interesting to see the ruins.

Onion Creek Flashlight Hike
User: Kieve - 7/24/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This hike was great for a flashlight hike (after dark hike). The Onion Creek trail provided a paved trail... difficult to get lost. Easy footing for when the sun went down. It gets pretty dark out there. The trail travels through the camping sites & gave us some great ideas of where we'd like to camp next. Great for a group of hikers who were wandering around like the seven dwarfs with headlamps on their hats. All we needed to do was sing "hi ho". There were so many funky bugs & spiders along the way. I think if anything I would rename the hike "spider alley" for the MANY spiders we saw. There were some BIG Texas spiders there! Many of which were hanging out in the middle of the trail.
Easy and short
User: sprucega - 5/28/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
This little trail is charming and easy and affords nice views of Onion Creek. When taking the trail clockwise, there's a confusing moment when you leave the woods and have to decide which way to go to pick up the trail again -- just turn right and follow the tree line. You'll see the trail within twenty feet or so.
Interesting walk...
User: lordvallsbyrd - 5/22/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.80 Mile Duration: 15 minutes
The rock shelter was interesting, as was the HUGE bald cypress tree.
Nice and easy
User: sprucega - 5/5/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Though there were lots of kids there, they didn't show up until afternoon. The first half of my day was predominantly kid free. Additionally, the kids weren't running around like crazy at a campsite -- they were quietly biking or fishing with their parents. The wildflowers here were abundant, and the giant field of flowers by the upper falls parking lot had oodles of butterflies by the tree line.
A very pretty hike, even good on a hot day.
User: jstrait - 4/28/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
This was a beautiful hike. We went to the lower McKinney falls and walked down the creek along an unofficial trail for a bit. On the side trail we didn't see anyone. Solitude was good overall for a Saturday. A few people passed us. The falls was a bit crowded, but it's spread out enough that it wasn't bad. It was pretty warm when we went, but the trees kept it comfortable. It would be nice to go in the water along the hike, but the bacteria levels were too high and it was closed to swimming when we were there. Our youngest, 6, was tired by the end, but made it with no problems and had fun. This is a great family hike. We went to the upper falls after the hike. There's a great swimming hole if it's open.
Very enjoyable!
User: christiniprosperity - 4/1/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 minute
I went off the path a bit to try to get my heart rate up. It was muddy! Onion Creek looked like chocolate soup after all the rain. This was one of my first Texas hikes and I loved it! Over all very enjoyable. Probably a better trail for cyclists. I prefer a bit rougher terrain.
User: toobsox - 2/2/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 3 minutes
hot and humid
User: caspalding66 - 5/8/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Hot and humid but a great hike
Confusing, but fun
User: Riff Raff - 4/30/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A
My hike was a bit on the long side because I took a wrong turn or three toward the beginning. :-) As mentioned above, the state park map's depiction of this trail has very little connection with reality. Use the map from here instead. I personally took a wrong turn at the very beginning, by the actual Homestead, and wound up on an access road instead. It did eventually meet up with the actual trail at around its halfway point, so to complete the loop I did a bit of backtracking and ended up going down the access road twice. The sign theoretically pointing the way by the Grist Mill end of the loop also seemed to be actively pointing people in the wrong direction.

Apart from those issues, it was an enjoyable hike. I ran into perhaps a dozen people total on the trail, three on bikes. The crossing at the Lower Falls was no problem at all.
On the way
User: Riff Raff - 4/30/2006  [View Log Page]
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I just hiked this on my way to and from the Homestead trail. The Rock Shelter area on the way to the lower falls was pretty cool though.
Easy trail
User: Riff Raff - 4/30/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
The entire trail is broken pavement, so this is a nice and easy walk. There's one steep hill on it, which the bicyclists are warned about. There were lots and lots of people near the upper falls area naturally, and was almost run over by tricycles several times. Once I got past the main picnic areas though, it was actually a rather private walk. Fun.
User: Riff Raff - 4/30/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.01 Mile Duration: N/A
Nice, easy hike.
User: ninjason - 3/12/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Few cities can claim such good hikes within a few miles of downtown. This park is definately geared towards families.
Let down
User: LVX - 1/2/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.20 Miles Duration: N/A
If you are out of shape, bored or just don't want to drive very far from Austin, you might enjoy this hike. We went in search of our first Geocache and found it on this trail. - I guess it is good that we can just check it off the list.
meandering trail but dull scenery for a hike.
User: e5200 - 10/21/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Found this hike to be longer than 3 miles. According to my pedometer it was over 4.5 miles, and probably 5 miles - not including the walk from the parking area across the falls to the sign identifying the trail. I became concerned that maybe I was doubling back without realizing it, however, I had not veered off the narrow footpath - I like that the footpath meandered - saw a few birds, a few butterflies and near the falls I saw many dragonflies. Was astonished, over half way on the trail came upon a huge office complex that I believe are the office buildings for the Texas Wildlife Parks Department. I was the only one on the trail and wore high top soft hiking shoes - the trail was rough enough and with two areas of scree I was glad I had the protection for my ankles. The scenery was dull - one spot borders an open field and the rest is typcial Austin hill country. At the start of the hike is the burned out shell of the McKinney home and near the end of the trail is the remains of the old Grist Mill - with the hot dry early fall it was easy crossing the "moonscape" rock area where the water runs to the falls - didn't have time to explore the beach or the falls but for sure the trail is longer than 3 miles...the longer trail knocked my timing off so that instead of finishing 4:20 it was 5:10, which meant leaving during rush hour traffic.
Closed
User: mylasher - 8/3/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.10 Mile Duration: N/A
I tried to take this hike, but found that the trail is fenced closed shortly after it veers from the park's trail. I was very disappointed. The park fee is now $3.
Decent, small walk
User: mylasher - 8/3/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I started near the pool and saw three bikers near the beginning, and one walking couple later. Not a bad hike, short and easy, but the Texas heat in the dense short growth is stifling. I saw a couple fawns, a few large birds (that I didn't recognize--no surprise), and one snake that was in such a hurry to get away from me that it climbed a tree so fast that it 'ran' off the top branch, fell and had to climb up again. The park fee is now $3.
Nice, easy hike. Great hike for my dog!
User: gwenmotz - 7/23/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This park is right in Austin & worth the visit. We hiked the Onion Creek trail, which is paved, pretty flat, & a nice easy hike. Unfortunately, dogs aren't permitted to swim in the stream, so we didn't swim, but others seemed to enjoy themselves in the water.
very nice hike along Onion Creek
User: laisabel - 7/10/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My husband and I hiked here in summer 2004 and loved it. In mid-June 2005 we went back, but the Upper O.C. trail is blocked off with a fence soon after you leave the main, paved O.C. trail. Does someone know why the trail is blocked off?
User: marakristina - 5/29/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Quick stroll
User: rhouston0405 - 5/1/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Path is well cleared, good for bikes.
very nice.
User: nocman - 3/13/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
I didn't hike the whole trail, just some of it. It was very nice out today for a hike. Water at the falls is really going. The trail itself was nice, didn't see anyone on the trail. Just wish I hiked more of it. I basicly went from the old homestead around the trail and cut back across to the homestead again.
Nice quick hike that's easy to access
User: pixistixs - 11/3/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hike through the campsite and picinic area, lots of dogs, other people, and a really cool cypress tree.
Good day hike
User: maecenus - 5/1/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
A good quick getaway from the hustle and bustle in Austin.
User: matthewNtime - 3/21/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 3/6/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.30 Miles Duration: N/A
Short
User: maxrebo - 8/3/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: -1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Watch out for spiders under the shelter
Nice easy partially shaded hike
User: figment - 7/27/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
There is only one steep section, this is a very nice trail. When the paved trail forks, take the trail to the right - the trail to the left goes to a parking lot. There are a few water spigots along the way if you run out of water.
Nice short walk
User: figment - 7/5/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.60 Mile Duration: N/A
There isn't much to see at the Rock Shelter, but there are lots of nice overlooks up high over Onion Creek, and the trail is very well shaded.
Nice hike for little ones
User: thistle - 12/21/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
We had an 8 month old in a backpack carrier, so bushwhacking wasn't an option. This was a very nice hike for us with the little one along.
Lots of kids
User: cnudd - 12/15/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Saw a number of deer, falls were pretty. Pretty flat easy walk with lots of pretty cacti. Good trail for dogs.
Nice.
User: nocman - 10/11/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
Nice quick hike.
A Walk In Heaven
User: Cshell2002 - 6/11/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My wife and I originally did this hike when my son was old enough to be pulled along in a wagon. Along the way we saw many types of wildlife, including large turtles in Onion Creek, and two very large owls perched high in the trees above us. The bluebonnet spread was spectacular, and the butterflies were numerous. On another trip, we found a secluded portion of Onion Creek that had large flattop rocks jutting from the light rapids. We took of our shoes and waded through it. It was quite a nice trip.
An easy hike
User: Austin Explorer - 4/7/2001  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This paved path is a great loop for runners. Not a bad route for some easy bluebonnet viewing as well.
Best hike at McKinney Falls?
User: Austin Explorer - 4/7/2001  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This may be the best McKinney Falls hike. It's got plenty of solitude and some nice scenery along the way. The southern boundary of the park appears to be city greenbelt space, so there should be no concerns there.
User: Eveline - 4/9/1995  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Loved the falls.