McKinney Falls State Park

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Updated November 24, 2018
McKinney Falls State Park at Sunset

After a beautiful week at Mother Neff State Park we packed up and headed to McKinney Falls. If you’re visiting state parks in Texas, you NEED to buy a Texas State Park Pass! It’s saved us so much because without it you get charged a daily entrance fee per person! That adds up quickly! It’s more than paid for itself in just a few nights.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t as excited about this state park after being spoiled at Mother Neff. It’s hard to go from new, pristine bathroom to the standard state park bathroom. However, it wasn’t horrible and we’ve grown a lot about what we can tolerate when it comes to the cleanliness of public restrooms.

McKinney State Park was beautiful. 

Hiking at McKinney Falls State Park

We went on several hikes to the water falls. I found it one day by accident when I went to walk one morning and got so caught up in the podcast I was listening to that I wasn’t paying attention to where the trail was leading me. What a pleasant surprise. 

McKinney Falls State Park

I went back and got the kids and we walked the same route so I could show them these falls. They brought a monocular so they could see the turtles and we sat and watched them for quite awhile.

Watching Turtles at the Upper Falls at McKinney Falls State Park

I just love these little moments we get to be together and see new things. I hope they remember these times we share. 

Oh, we also met the people who started Bearded Brothers which make these amazing organic energy bars.

bearded bros bars

You must try them! The coconut mango one is my favorite but they're all good!

We were at McKinney Falls during peak season of the bluebonnets and wild flowers so I had to make the kids take a picture with them. 

Wildflowers at McKinney Falls Ada in Wildflowers at McKinney Falls State Park

One day we brought all our school work down along the trail so we could listen to the river nearby.

Homework at McKinney Falls State Park

By this time it was getting really hot in Austin and I noticed that our pantry was getting really hot! I made a trip to grab some more Reflectix to line the cabinets.

pantry with reflectix

I can’t believe what a difference that made.

While we were here in Austin, we remembered that there was a guy who polishes Airstreams nearby. We made a few calls and decided we’d have him work on ours when we left this state park. Which sounds like an easy plan, but it was a logistical nightmare. More on that later.

We really enjoyed our time here at McKinney Falls. Make sure you explore both the upper and lower falls when you go and make sure to visit them around sunset for some pretty pictures!

Up next, we’ll talk about getting our Airstream polished!

Sunset at McKinney Falls

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Ashley Longnecker

About the Author

Ashley Longnecker is the fiercely independent tattooed and dreaded half of Tiny Shiny Home. She's a woodworker, photographer and maker of delicious baked goods. She loathes schedules and makes every day an adventure.

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Posted May 22, 2018

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