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Homestead Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.4 (12)

A super-popular loop on a multi-use trail rich in history.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Singletrack

588' 179 m

High

484' 148 m

Low

151' 46 m

Up

182' 56 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Kids will love exploring the water, forest, wildlife, and history this trail offers.

The entrance fee to McKinney Falls State Park is $6 for adults or free for those with a Texas State Parks Pass.

Description

From the parking area, the trail makes its way onto a broad limestone slab that slopes down to Lower McKinney Falls. Take a moment to soak in the beauty of the falls before engaging in a bit of a scramble to the other side.

From there, head uphill past the remains of Thomas F. McKinney's homestead. The trail soon winds through forestlands where you may observe some local wildlife. The furthest-north loop of this trail intersects with the Flint Rock Loop Trail before heading back past the Smith Picnic Table and the remains of one of the area's earliest gristmills.

From there, head back across the falls to return to the trailhead.

Contacts

Land Manager: Texas State Parks

Shared By:

Eric Ashley with improvements by Chujie Liu

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  3.4 from 12 votes

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Photos

My Krampus at the ruins of the McKinney Homestead.
Nov 24, 2018 near Austin, TX

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Sep 30, 2019
Joel Brzykcy
Great trail, nice lines, and a ton of fun. 3.1mi
Jul 6, 2019
Claus Dieter
homestead plus 3 times around flint rock 6.2mi — 0h 57m
Nov 23, 2018
Jeremy Dean
This is a largely smooth series of trails. Far fewer hikers the farther you get out. The Williamson creek view trail is a nice add on. 7.6mi
Dec 22, 2017
Eugene Rodriguez
Nov 12, 2017
Mark Sherwinsky
Jun 15, 2017
Donald Davis
Nov 20, 2016
Adam Hite
3.1mi
Apr 11, 2010
Sheila Hughes