McKinney Falls State Park is a great place to go enjoy the outdoors with the whole family. Located 13 miles from downtown Austin, McKinney Falls State Park offers hiking, biking, picnicking and camping along the banks of Onion Creek. On Sundays during the month of May, you can learn all about geocaching during their Geocaching 101 workshops (free with paid park admission!).


Photo from the McKinney Falls State Park Website


— About Geocaching 101: Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that uses GPS technology to help you locate hidden objects. It is a great way to explore and get exercise and is family-friendly. GPS units and instruction will be provided. Registration is required as space is limited! Please register by e-mailing with the date and time you would like to attend. Please wait for a confirmation e-mail.

— Geocaching 101 Schedule:

  • May 10 at 9 a.m.
  • May 17 9 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
  • May 23 at 1:30 p.m.
  • May 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • May 31 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Bonus Activity: Become a Jr. Ranger (weekends during park office hours)
Do you think your kids would like to become a park ranger? Kids can complete a Junior Ranger activity book and earn their official badge. All you have to do is ask at the front office for a book, then bring it back when you’re all done. This program can be completed during park office hours, and all ages are welcome to participate.

Admission to McKinney Falls State Park is $6 per adult, and kids 12 and under are free. For more information, please visit the McKinney Falls State Park website. Please note, if the weather is questionable, be sure to call ahead first to ensure events are still on schedule. Contact info: (512) 243-1643.

Have fun!