Austin is amazing for many reasons, but one of my favorite things about Where We Live, is easy access to green space. Seriously, where else can you live 10 minutes from downtown AND 10 minutes from an amazing state park?! 🙂 McKinney Falls State Park is a 726 acre park with hiking trails, waterfalls, camping areas, and so much more.
For this visit we went out right after a huge storm came through bringing tons of rain to our drought stricken region. Tons of rain = flash flooding so I knew “the falls” would be amazing and they did not disappoint! The area pictured below is a popular swimming spot, where usually it is very easy to walk along the limestone edge. But as you can see here, the strong waters make crossing impossible. Just look at the bent over trees in the background…I can’t imagine what it must have looked like the night before!
Flood waters rise up the trunks of the cypress trees in a usually popular swimming/beach area (Lower Falls).
Seeing as the park is over 700 acres, it is impossible to showcase it all in one, or even 5 trips! These photos are from the parks “upper falls” area where the water carves out amazing crevices in the limestone and the water is crystal clear.
There are so many awesome memories to be made at McKinney Falls. It is a favorite spot for our little family and I am happy to share a little bit of it with you. Next up in the Where We Live blog circle is the amazing Rebeccah Parks. Visit her blog to see what its like where she lives in Minnesota.
These are incredible. These make me feel like I am there with your family. Love the shot of your dog and his stick, the beautiful trees in puddles, and your kids in motion!!!! So good, Paige!
Beautiful images, as always, Paige! My favorite is the big one in the first collage. All the texture in the rock and that pretty blue sky are just wonderful.
You’re only 4 hrs from me, but it seems like so much farther. We have nothing this lush and amazing down here!! Looks like your kids had fun exploring and I love that you showed us this place in different seasons.
Such great places you have within so little mileage! Would love to visit there! Love that last silhouette photo you captured!
What a treat to have waterfalls so close to home. Love the reflection shots & the silhouette image!
Paige, I love all of your nature shots! Such a lush, green area! Love the silhouette shot at the end!
What a beautiful place. My favorite shot is the one of your dog with the stick, but I love all of them of course.
These are beautiful, and that last image is just stunning- I love a good silhouette., and I think her arms being raised like that makes me love it even more.
such great shots! I love your silhouettes!
That is an amazing place. I think I would have to live just where you do if I were to ever move across the oceans!
Gorgeous images Paige! You have the coolest places to visit near you! I can’t wait to see where you all go exploring next month!
I need to stop following your blog because the stuff you create with your 24-70 just gets me everything-freaking-time lol. LOVE!!
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