If you want to see a waterfall in Austin, here’s where you can find them. Wow your kids at one of these Austin area waterfalls!
Wow Your Kids At One of These Austin Area Waterfalls
McKinney Falls, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin
McKinney Falls is a State Park within Austin city limits. We love that you don’t have to drive far to be completely immersed in so much beauty! There are upper falls and lower falls here, and you can’t really go wrong with either! Make sure you make reservations before you go, and stop by one of our favorite breweries with a playground, Meanwhile Beer while you’re out this way.
Balcones District Park, 12017 Amherst Dr, Austin
Balcones District Park only has a real waterfall after some heavy rains. It’s a great hike for little kids and toddlers either way, but especially fun if you happen to go on a good waterfall day!
Bull Creek, three main entry points:
- Bull Creek District Park: 6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin, TX 78731
- Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt: 5343 Old Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78731
- Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt: 6958 Old Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78731
Bull Creek is always a big hit with my kids, and there are several waterfalls to see here.
Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
We love the Zilker Botanical Garden! The entire place is beautiful, but the waterfall can be found in the Hartman Prehistoric Garden. Reserve your spot ahead of time.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin
The waterfall at the Wildflower Center is a feature in the children’s area. They love running through the tunnel behind the waterfall and peeking their head out (be careful- it can get slippery in the little cave). Reserve your spot ahead of time.
Chalk Ridge Falls, 5600 FM1670, Belton
Chalk Ridge Falls makes a good day trip from Austin. It’s not too far, in the town of Belton, and the hike is very pleasant. You can hike along the lake and hike out to the waterfall, then go past all that and add to the teepee in the woods.
St. Edwards Trail, 7301 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin
Stick to the left when you start the trail from the parking lot, and you will find the waterfall/rope swing area. Never leave any valuables in your car here! There are always car break-ins at this location.
Spicewood Valley Trail, 9000 Middlebie Dr, Austin, TX 78750
The best way to find this trailhead is to park at Mountain View Park, walk down past the park, cross the street, find the trailhead between 2 homes (it’s hard to spot!) then go right at the bottom of the stairs, then you’ll find the waterfall.
Twin Falls & Sculpture Falls along the Barton Creek Greenbelt
There are two great waterfall spots along the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and it takes about 20-25 minutes to walk between them.
Brushy Creek Trail, Twin Lakes Trailhead
There’s a waterfall along the Brushy Creek Trail that you can find if you access the trail from the Twin Lakes YMCA parking lot entrance.
River Place Nature Trail
There are several small little waterfalls along the trail at River Place, and they flow better after there’s been some rain.
Hamilton Greenbelt, 1173 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway
We loved the pleasant hike along the Hamilton Greenbelt trail. There are several waterfalls here, and this is a jogging stroller-friendly hike!
You can’t swim at anymore, but that shouldn’t stop you from hiking out to see the waterfall! Make reservations before you go, and remember that the waterfall will be stronger after there’s been a lot of rain.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Now that it’s back open, you can hike out to the waterfall at Wild Basin! It’s small, but still fun to see.