McKinney State Park and Austin

Since leaving Texas in the rear view mirror when we retired in July 2014, we knew we’d be back to see the kids and friends before heading off to Alaska.  To visit Angela and Dylan, we stayed at McKinney State Park in Austin.  Around Austin, there are not many camping options and McKinney is the best option.  It has several hiking trails and a paved hiking/ biking trail (Onion Creek) that go to both of the falls and around all three of the main camping areas.  The sites are somewhat private and the bath houses are fair.  The park is just south of the airport, but you don’t really hear much air traffic noise.

If you are visiting Texas and think you’ll stay in state parks, buy the annual pass.  Many states don’t charge the park admission fee if you are camping and Texas is NOT one of them.  It is $6 per day and the annual pass is $70 and gets you a free night stay.

After all, it is Austin and they really believe in “Keeping it Weird”

Never thought of packing THIS in the camper

Never thought of packing THIS in the camper

so it shouldn’t have surprised us to come upon a camper that pulled a full set of drums out of their class A coach.  They are electronic so he was able to really ‘rock it’ in the park.

Recently the Austin area has had some rain so both the falls had lots of flow.  West Texas is still experiencing extreme drought with many lakes and creeks now dry.

One of two falls at McKinney State Park

One of two falls at McKinney State Park

McKinney Falls on Onion Creek

McKinney Falls on Onion Creek

We headed into town a few times to hang out with the kids, visit an REI (we were having serious withdrawls), and take the camper into Princess Craft for a checkup.  With another 15 months planned of continual travel, we wanted to make sure all systems were ‘go’.  They are a great dealer and one of the few truck camper dealers in Texas.  Back at the park, we met the Campshaw’s, a neat couple from Michigan who travel in a small camper and have a well-written blog.

Angela and Dylan at beer garden

Angela and Dylan at beer garden

Austin is really a ‘hipsters’ paradise and so we enjoyed some good local beer and food with the kids.

Next we’ll head to the Lake Jackson area to see friends before leaving Texas in the rear view mirror again.

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2 Responses to McKinney State Park and Austin

  1. Richard Lowell Behling says:

    First time seeing a picture of your kids all grown up!

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