10 Pictures That Prove McKinney Falls Is One of the Prettiest Swimming Holes in Austin, Texas

McKinney Falls in Austin, Texas

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McKinney Falls State Park is one of the prettiest swimming holes in Austin, Texas and I have the pictures to prove it!

Since we’re experiencing a bit of a drought right now in Central Texas, the waterfalls weren’t nearly as spectacular as the pictures I’ve seen on Instagram. However, even with the lower water levels, McKinney Falls was still one of the most gorgeous swimming holes we’ve ever seen.

We had a great time marking this adventure off of our Fort Cavazos and Texas Bucket List!

Onion Creek at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas.
(Onion Creek is absolutely beautiful and perfectly clear!)

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McKinney Falls State Park

It blows my mind that this park and these beautiful swimming spots are located inside the Austin city limits!

Though it is typically a popular spot, it was nearly empty on a Tuesday. It felt like we pretty much had the place to ourselves. (Well, to ourselves and the turtles – we saw plenty of those!)

To create the namesake falls, Onion Creek flows over limestone ledges landing in the calm pools below. While we were there, the creek was flowing pretty slowly which made it perfect for the kids. As I didn’t have to worry about the current whisking them away.

My only regret was not bringing some floats with us!

The lower falls at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas.
(The lower falls area at McKinney Falls State Park.)

We waded down the creek a little ways, just enjoying the scenery and looking for cool rocks (which my kids are obsessed with).

We didn’t do any hiking since it was extremely hot. However, there are several trails and I’m sure the rest of the park is just as beautiful as the creek area!

(Wading in the creek.)
(The swimming hole at the Upper Falls area.)
The lower falls at McKinney Falls State Park in Texas.
(The swimming hole at the Lower Falls area.)

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(Even the tree roots are pretty at this park!)
(The girls loved swimming here and have already asked to go back!)
The lower falls during drought at McKinney Falls State Park.
(Another shot of the lower falls area.)

There are so many awesome places to beat the notorious Texas heat in Austin, but McKinney Falls is one of my favorites!

If you can’t get enough of gorgeous Texas waterfalls, check out Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park or Chalk Ridge Falls in Belton.

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