Hotels near Smith Rock Shelter
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Smith Rock Shelter in McKinney Falls State Park, near Austin, TX., is included on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The natural limestone overhang was a natural shelter for Tonkawa Native Americans as far back as 500 BCE and up to the 18th century.

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Omni Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel
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8.4
Excellent
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin
from $170
Hotel Ella
Hotel Ella
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8.9
Excellent
1900 Rio Grande Street, Austin
from $199
Travaasa Austin
Travaasa Austin
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9.3
Excellent
13500 Farm to Market Road 2769, Austin
from $250
Renaissance Austin Hotel
Renaissance Austin Hotel
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8.7
Excellent
9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin
from $139
Hyatt Place Austin/Arboretum
Hyatt Place Austin/Arboretum
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7.7
Good
3612 Tudor Blvd, Austin
from $93
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Northwest Arboretum
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Northwest Arboretum
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8.7
Excellent
9409 Stonelake Blvd, Austin
from $89
La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Southwest at Mopac
La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Southwest at Mopac
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7.8
Good
4424 S Mopac Expy, Austin
from $105
La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Airport
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7.8
Good
7625 E Ben White Blvd, Austin
from $85
Hotel San Jose
Hotel San Jose
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9.0
Excellent
1316 S Congress Ave, Austin
from $175
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Airport
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Airport
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9.1
Excellent
7712 E Riverside Drive, Austin
from $104
More About Hotels near Smith Rock Shelter...

Hike to This Natural Wonder

The ledge overhangs the rock below by about 15 feet and that was more than enough for Native Americans to seek shelter from the elements as modern-day hikers still do. Smith Rock Shelter was formed by Onion Creek's flooding waters eroding the soft rock below the layer now overhanging the shelter. A short hike takes you down the "Trailhead" and northeast of the Smith Visitor Center near the upper portion of McKinney Falls. Hike across the bridge past the 103-foot-tall, 500-year-old Bald Cypress tree and you'll eventually come to the rock shelter. McKinney Falls State Park is named after businessman Thomas F. McKinney, who owned and lived on the land in the mid to late 19th century.

Rest Under the Stars or Under the Sheets

To get to McKinney Falls State Park, go south on Highway 183, past Highway 290, the Colorado River and Highway 71. Austin Bergstrom Airport will be on the left after passing Highway 71. Look out for McKinney Falls Parkway on the right. The park is about three miles from that right turn. There are designated camping areas, but for those who like the comforts of a bed and bath, there are many accommodations within five miles of the park. The Super 8 Austin Airport South, Holiday Inn Austin Airport and Red Roof Plus Austin Airport are mid-priced hotels offering many amenities, while Baymont Inn and Suites Austin South and Country Garden Inn and Suites are gentler on the pocketbook. One of the least expensive options is Microtel Inn and Suites near the Wyndham Austin Airport.

Fish or Frolic

Avid or beginning anglers can spend the day fishing. In fact, people can borrow rods, reels, and tackle boxes complete with hooks, sinkers, and bobbers. The park offers a variety of educational opportunities, including guided nature hikes and the Outdoors Kid's Club. Ask about Junior Ranger Explorer packs available for free checkout. The park is open seven days a week, year round. The busy season is March through November. Six dollars gets you into the park. Kids 12 years old and younger get in free. 

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