Camping at MOSS LOOP
Moss Loop is a camping area within McKinney Falls State Park, which is located in southeastern Austin, Travis County, Texas. McKinney Falls State Park itself is situated at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson Creek and is recognized for its natural beauty, waterfalls, and historical sites.
Moss Loop typically offers campsites suitable for both tent camping and RVs, with a number of amenities for visitors to enjoy a comfortable stay. Here is some detailed information about the campsite:
Campsite Types: The loop usually includes sites with water and electric hookups, which can accommodate various camping setups from tents to trailers and RVs up to a certain length (check the park's specific requirements).
Amenities: Amenities at Moss Loop often include picnic tables, fire rings or grills, nearby restrooms, and shower facilities. Many sites also have tent pads, lantern posts, and water spigots.
Capacity: The number of campers allowed per site can vary, so it's essential to check the specific campsite regulations. Generally, state parks often limit the number to around 8 persons per site.
The park offers a plethora of activities, and those staying at Moss Loop can take advantage of the following:
Hiking and Biking: There are several trails of various distances and difficulty levels suitable for both hiking and biking.
Swimming and Fishing: Onion Creek offers spots for swimming and fishing, but be sure to verify if conditions are safe for swimming as they can change with the weather.
Wildlife Viewing: The park is home to a diverse array of wildlife and provides excellent opportunities for bird watching and wildlife photography.
- McKinney Falls: The park is named after these beautiful falls, which are a popular spot for visitors.
- Historic Sites: The park includes the old homestead of Thomas F. McKinney and several other historical landmarks.
- Rock Shelter: A natural rock shelter is used by Native Americans, located on the Rock Shelter Trail.
Booking and Reservations
Campsites at Moss Loop can be reserved in advance, which is strongly recommended, especially during peak seasons and weekends. Reservations can be made online through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's reservation system or by phone.
Need to Know
Park Entrance Fees: In addition to the cost of camping, there is an entrance fee to McKinney Falls State Park required for all visitors.
Park Rules: It's important to familiarize yourself with the park's rules regarding campfires, noise levels, pets, wildlife, and preserving the natural environment.
Weather: Prepare for variable weather by checking forecasts ahead of time and bringing appropriate clothing and equipment.
Check-in and Check-out Times: Make sure you know the check-in and check-out times to avoid any confusion during your stay.
Water Safety: After heavy rains, Onion Creek can experience flash flooding. Always check current conditions before planning activities in or near the water.
Leave No Trace: Always practice "Leave No Trace" principles to help maintain the natural beauty of the park for future visitors.
Prepare for Wildlife: Store food securely and be aware of local wildlife, including snakes and other potentially dangerous animals.
Remember that park conditions, amenities, and available activities can change due to a variety of factors, including weather or park maintenance. Always check with McKinney Falls State Park directly for the most current information before your trip.