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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Days Inn University Downtown
Days Inn University Downtown
3105 N Interstate 35, Austin
from $62
Days Inn Austin Crossroads
Days Inn Austin Crossroads
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3.0
820 E Anderson Ln, Austin
from $50
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin - Downtown / Convention Center
from $118
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake
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3.4
20 North IH-35, Austin
from $102
Ramada Austin Central
Ramada Austin Central
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3.2
919 East Koenig Lane North I-35 at Exit 238A, Austin
from $80
Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel
from $98
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Airport
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Airport
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4.5
7712 E Riverside Drive, Austin
from $75
Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Downtown
Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Downtown
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4.2
111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
from $143
Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - Town Lake
from $94
Embassy Suites Austin Central
Embassy Suites Austin Central
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4.0
5901 N I 35, Austin
from $92
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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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