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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Locale Downtown Austin
Locale Downtown Austin
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9.3
Excellent
201 Lavaca Street, Austin
from $208
Courtyard Austin South
Courtyard Austin South
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8.5
Excellent
4533 South IH-35, Austin
from $88
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown Convention Center
from $189
Super 8 Austin Downtown/Capitol Area
Super 8 Austin Downtown/Capitol Area
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7.2
Good
1201 North I-35, Austin
from $67
Courtyard Austin North/Parmer Lane
Courtyard Austin North/Parmer Lane
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8.8
Excellent
12330 North IH-35, Austin
from $87
Super 8 Austin University/Downtown Area
Super 8 Austin University/Downtown Area
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6.6
Good
5526 North IH-35, Austin
from $42
La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Airport # 186
La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Airport # 186
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8.6
Excellent
7625 East Ben White Blvd, Austin
from $85
The Westin Austin at The Domain
The Westin Austin at The Domain
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9.0
Excellent
11301 Domain Drive, Austin
from $155
Quality Inn Hotel Austin, TX
Quality Inn Hotel Austin, TX
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5.2
Fair
6911 N. Interstate Highway 35, Austin
from $54
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin
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8.7
Excellent
303 W. 15th Street, Austin
from $169
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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.