South Texas hasn’t gotten the memo about fall yet, but the temps have been steady in the 80’s. It’s hot, but not so hot that you can’t stand it. We finally had a free day to check out another state park. There are so many within an hour or two’s drive of us, that I’ve got a constant list.
This time, we headed towards Austin and McKinney Falls State Park. The land was owned by Thomas McKinney in the mid to late 19th century. He had a house, stables, and a gristmill on the property. Remnants of the buildings are on the property still. In 1971, 682 acres was donated to the state for a park, with it opening in 1976.
The park has 2 waterfalls, the upper and lower falls. I’m sure that when the river is higher, the falls are something, but we were a bit underwhelmed by them. Since the water was so low, the limestone river bed was easy to navigate and I was surprised by just how much rock there was. The river also had a lot of big rocks in it, which was a cool sight.
It wasn’t the best state park we’ve been too, but it was still a nice outing. The pools around the falls are open for swimming and even with the few people taking advantage of the water, I’m guessing they are busy in the summer.