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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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  • Words and pictures can't describe the nooks and crannies available to explore here at the falls. Be careful. Brought our furry kids and they had a blast in the pools. Had the place to ourselves in mid...  more »
  • I've been visiting this park for many years, because its falls are unique and overall it is one of the best state parks in Texas. If you can visit during the week (instead of a weekend), you're going ...  more »
  • With the water being down it was great to explore all around the rocks above the actual falls. The "swimming" spot wasn't so good of course but the exploring more than made up for it. 
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  • Impressive park! The falls were the highlight and we weren't disappointed. The road to get there is nicely paved and the admission was reasonable. The hike to the actual falls is pleasant and once you see the rocks and plains you'll be amazed. There are camp sites but we only stayed for a couple hours. Great fun for anyone.
  • This place is absolute magic. Crossing the water barefoot on one of the hikes was my favorite part. The trails were so quiet when we visited. There is nothing like connecting with nature. Come here if you get the chance!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pedernales has beautiful scenery, a plethora of native plants, a river, and an open rocky area perfect for climbing on rocks and exploring the small pools of water. It was rainy and cloudy the day that I went with my group, but I look forward to going back on a sunny day! Keep in mind that cell service is very limited out there. The park entrance fee is $6 per person.