Three days ago we left Dallas on our way to Seattle! Our first stop was Austin, TX to visit a few friends …. and really soak up the awesome-ness that is the city– an awesome-ness that, I personally feel, doesn’t exist in any other city in Texas.

The McKinney homestead through the trees.

Just 20 minutes southeast of downtown is an amazing state park — McKinney Falls — a 744 acre park that opened to the public in 1976 and is named after Thomas McKinney, one of the original 300 colonists of Austin whose home and original stone property wall can still be seen on the grounds.

On the Lower Falls hiking trail.

The park is beautiful — the campsites are huge, the grounds are really well kept and lush and the hiking trails are awesome.  We stayed in site #52, but walked around all the sites, including the primitive tent sites and I can honestly say that there are no bad spaces here! Even the primitive tent sites made me want to stay there for a night.

You can wake up and go fishing about 20 ft away.

The Lower Falls trail is about 3 miles long — it’s a good path with a bit of uneven terrain, but beautiful landscapes…

There isn't enough water for the falls... but you can walk across the natural stone bridge.

More sites along the hiking trail.

Next time we travel to Austin, we’ll definitely stay here, and I’ll remember to bring water on the hike for Lucy.

Just like Dinosaur Valley....


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