May 01

Pedernales Falls State Park – Texas

Pedernales Falls Upclose
Pedernales Falls State Park lies 45 miles east of Austin Texas.  Needless to say, it is a popular state park. Especially, in the dog days of summer when the park becomes a great place to swim, wade, canoe or tube down the river.  However, with over 5,000 acres to explore Pedernales Falls State Park has a lot more to offer.  Home to two waterfalls, hiking, biking, and horse trails.
Our particular visit to the park took place Mid-March.  So, the water activities were out but I was more interested in seeing their water features.  For as large as Texas is there are not that many waterfalls.  So, a state park that has two of them… sign me up.  The name sake of the park is the larger of the two but the half mile trail to Twin Falls is also worth the visit.  Perdernales Falls is much larger having several short wide drops over the length of couple of football fields.
Like most places, we end up visiting we are there long enough to see the highlights before we need to move on.  Our time at Pedernales Falls State Park was very short.  Just sufficient time for me to hike out to both falls, both less than a mile in length. However, long enough to realize that fall or spring camping or an RV trip to the park would be worthwhile.  I would like to hike some of their other trails like the top of Wolf Mountain and see what Texas Hill Country is all about.
Pedernales Falls
I was there on a cloudy raining day.  This made for a slightly unsettling feeling walking out across the river rock towards the falls.  There were plenty of warning signs up around Pedernales Falls State Park about the chance of flash flooding.  Though after seeing several photographers and their muses out walking around the rocks I felt that since I made the drive all the way out there I might as well take the steps to see it.  If you do visit the state park make sure you are weather as well as conditions aware.

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Pedernales Falls State Park
Located at 2585 Park Rd 6026 Johnson City
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week
Cost as of this Posting 13 and over $6
For more information visit the Pedernales Falls State Park website at http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls

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