McKinney Falls State Park Austin, Texas


The first day of Spring found us in McKinney Falls State Park, located in Austin, Texas.  We landed here, following the recommendations of a couple, who's blog we follow.



Bluebonnets




Our campsite is nestled in a Texas hill country hardwood forrest, in the middle of the Bluebonnet
bloom.





While located just a half hour outside of downtown Austin, we feel like we are camping in a secluded area.


























A short drive allows us to put the kayaks on the Colorado (not the REAL Colorado River) River and  Lady Bird Johnson Lake.  We did a sunset paddle up stream to the Congress Street Bridge to watch the fleet of Bats leave to feed.  Seeing it all from the water makes for a unique experience.

Austin from the River



Turtle Log



Egrets and Herron



Stevie Ray









Inside the Park, there is ample opportunity to ride a bike or hike on several hike/bike trails.  Following them takes you along Onion Creek and to the upper and lower McKinney Falls.



Onion Creek






Upper McKinney Falls

Texas Mountain Biking


McKinney Homestead

Along the El Camino Real

Field of Indian Paintbrush

"Big Baldy"


Stone Shelter Trail


When it is all done, you can hop in the truck and head to town for a great meal at any one of hundreds of food trucks or restaurants in downtown Austin.

Valentina's Tex Mex



The Launderette


We were fortunate to have drier weather here, and hoping to find the same as we head to South Padre Island and the Texas Gulf Coast.

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