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Rock Shelter Interpretive Trail

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Length

0.5 Miles 0.8 Kilometers

99%

Runnable

Elevation

20' 6 m

Ascent

-33' -10 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

530' 161 m

High

504' 154 m

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A short trail past a 500-year-old cypress and a famous rock ledge.

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Overview

Features: River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Leaving from the parking area east of Smith Visitor Center, follow the trail as it heads south for a few feet prior to turning north on a long stretch through beautiful woodlands. Along this section of trail, expect to pass multiple side trails to your right before reaching the northernmost point on the trail near Onion Creek. Enjoy the peacefully flowing water of Onion Creek as you turn south along the trail on the way to the next event: the Rock Shelter. Providing shelter for animal and human inhabitants for over 4000 years, the limestone overhang lovingly known as the Rock Shelter has now been put on the National Register of Historic Places.

Once you're done admiring the Rock Shelter, continue south to the second-oldest natural phenomenon on this trail: "Old Baldy." Growing on the banks of Onion Creek for over 500 years, "Old Baldy's" towering trunk and broad crown have provided shelter and shade for generations of Austinites.

Take your time enjoying "Old Baldy," because afterward there is only a short length of trail left before reaching the Smith Visitor Center and the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer and coyotes in McKinney Falls State Park.

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