McKinney Falls gets nod on “Top Secret Swimming Holes” show

Jaclyn Howell jumps into the upper falls at McKinney Falls State Park last August. (Stephen Spillman for American Statesman)
Jaclyn Howell jumps into the upper falls at McKinney Falls State Park last August. (Stephen Spillman for American Statesman)

 

It’s really not much of a secret, but Austin’s McKinney Falls gets a nod in an episode of the Travel Channel’s program, “Top Secret Swimming Holes.”

The program will air at 9 p.m. Sunday.

McKinney Falls features 9 miles of trails, an ancient rock shelter, camping facilities and a couple of pretty nice waterfalls, which are flowing nicely thanks to heavy spring rains. The bones of an amphibian dinosaur named Mosasaur were discovered at the site in 1935. And an Austin yoga instructor leads regular yoga hikes there. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/recreation/like-a-little-hiking-with-your-yoga-try-yogahike/nnMqb/

Participants in the Epic Adventures summer camp jump into McKinney Falls in 2012. Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Participants in the Epic Adventures summer camp jump into McKinney Falls in 2012. Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The hour-long TV program gives viewers a glimpse of natural swimming spots at rivers, lakes, ponds and streams around the globe.

McKinney Falls State park is located at 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information go here http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls or call (512) 243-1643.

Campers and counselors from the Epic Adventures summer camp jump into the water at McKinney Falls State Park. Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Campers and counselors from the Epic Adventures summer camp jump into the water at McKinney Falls State Park. Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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