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Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City

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Pedernales Falls State Park is a state park in central Texas in the United States.LocationPedernales Falls State Park is located east of Johnson City. The park is on the Pedernales River, southwest of the river's mouth at Lake Travis.HistoryBefore 1970, the area that is now Pedernales Falls State Park was a working ranch, known as the Circle Bar Ranch. The state of Texas purchased the land for the park in 1970, and the park opened in 1971.RecreationMany of the activities in Pedernales Falls State Park center around the Pedernales River: swimming, tubing, wading and fishing. The park also has a number of picnic areas and campsites, including some primitive campsites that require a hike of two miles or more to reach. There are also of hiking and mountain biking trails, 10 miles of equestrian trails, and 14 miles of backpacking trails.Like many rivers in central Texas, the Pedernales is prone to variable water levels. A sign at the park shows a relatively tranquil river in one picture and a raging wall of muddy water in the next picture, said to be taken only five minutes after the first. The speed at which flash floods can arise along this river has resulted in several deaths at the park, and warning sirens have been installed in the park and elsewhere along the river.
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  • Beautiful park. Love hiking here! The ranger when we paid was a little crude, but whatever, the park is so beautiful it doesn't matter! 
  • Beautiful hiking on Wolf Mountain trail. Really enjoyed the views and the peacefulness hiking here. The falls are pretty too. 
  • Clean restrooms! Amazing camping sites that were large and perfect for kids to ride their bikes around. We saw more wildlife here than any other State Park - many, many deer (one even came close enoug...  read more »
  • Perfect expression of the Hill Country terrain. One of my favorite state parks. The primitive camping is quite remote, and a nice getaway from the noisy car campers.
  • My favorite place on earth! I can only say good things about this and surrounding areas. People are all nice. Inc visitors. Wished for 35 years I could live in the area anywhere around there! Best advice I can give you, go..go many times as possible! Hv fun.
  • Very beautiful!! My husband and I reserved a primitive campsite and it around a 2 mile hike to the campsites. It was an easy and pleasant hike no evil switch backs. Gorgeous scenery.
  • Very pretty but it's a long walk until you get to the water; think twice about carrying heavy stuff down because you'll have to carry it back up the stairs. Recommend hiking here down to the Pedernales Falls part. We didn't get to see the Twin Falls but will next time.
  • Great place for swimming. Would have lined to camp too. Rocks in the river are a little slick but none of that nasty stringy moss. Minnows seen everywhere in July. Water perfect temperature also. Open until 10pm, $6 per person.
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