McKinney Falls State Park
 Austin, TX

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5.6 miles



loop (x2)

TPWD (park)  |  TPWD (trails)

$6 per person 13 and older/day use (annual pass available for $70)

Homestead Trail  |  Onion Creek Hike & Bike

• Screened shelters w/ bunk beds (no mattresses)
• Campsites w/ water and electricity
• Walk-in sites w/ picnic table, fire ring, grill, and water
• Picnic sites
• Sponsored youth group camping area
• Dining hall
• Amphitheater

TPWD website

(512) 243-1643


Cross the lower falls to reach Homestead Trail Singletrack of Homestead Trail More singletrack of Homestead Trail Still more Homestead Trail singletrack Riding along Homestead Trail
Riding across the Lower Falls (photo courtesy of mtblawgirl) Cruisin' along Homestead Trail (photo courtesy of mtblawgirl) 


  Homestead Trail is literally a hop, skip, and a jump away once you arrive at McKinney Falls State Park. After crossing the lower falls you will come to a sign that points to the Gristmill and the Homestead, head for the Homestead as this will start you off in the direction the trail is designed to be traveled (clockwise). On your first ride there are a few spots that may confuse you as to which way to go or where the trail picks back up, just don’t do like I did the first time and inadvertently take one of the maintenance roads – they aren’t that fun to ride.
  Over-all, this trail is well-laid, the climbs aren’t too difficult, and it even has a section that makes for some nice speed downhill if ya’ let it. This trail is perfect for the new rider. There are a couple spots that border on technical, but little that a beginner shouldn’t be able to handle. For the more advanced rider, don’t think that this trail isn’t worth the time. It is. The singletrack is smooth, winding, and a great place to ooze along enjoying nature or seeing just how fast you can complete 3 miles (just watch for hikers and other riders).

  The trails [here] are very easy and perfect for introducing those you love to the wonderful sport of mountain biking. Of course, I really wouldn't call it mountain biking - more like a shaded ride through the forest. More advanced riders can go super fast and have a great time on the twists and turns. There were a few rooty/rocky "climbs" and only one big whoop de doo. All in all, it's a great trail to burn through and build some confidence.
  There's 744 acres within the park and about 7 miles of bike trails - paved and singletrack. So there's a little something for everyone. The Homestead Loop (singletrack) is only 3 miles long. We did the trail twice - both ways. What was really neat is the falls area that looks like a huge parking lot of limestone with Onion Creek running through the middle of it. You have to cross this area to get to the singletrack.
 Seth and I had a lot of fun testing our handling skills, scrambling around and taking pics. The best part? even [though] it's near the airport, we did not see or hear any airplanes!
~ mtblawgirl, edited for this site


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Last modified: 15 April 2012