Pedernales Falls State Park, 5211.7 acres,
in Blanco County east of Johnson City, was acquired from private owners in 1970 and was
opened to the public in 1971. It is located along the banks of scenic Pedernales River.
This area, formerly the Circle Bar Ranch, typifies the Edwards Plateau terrain.
Activities include camping; picnicking; hiking; river swimming; tubing; wading; mountain
biking; fishing; bird watching (checklist available); and horseback riding (Customers must
bring their own horses and no overnight equestrian camping is allowed.) River recreation
is in a limited area.
Opportunities: For information on volunteering at the park, visit the web site
maintained by The Friends of Pedernales Falls State Park at www.friendsofpfalls.org.
Facilities: Facilities include
campsites with water and electricity (special rates are available); a sponsored youth
group area, which may be used by any youth group with an adult sponsor; hike-in primitive
campsites (2 mile minimum; no pets allowed; no groundfires); picnic sites; restrooms with
and without showers; a trailer dump station; 19.8 miles of hiking and mountain biking
trails; 10 miles of equestrian trails; and 14 miles of backpacking trails. Be sure to stop
by the Texas State Park Store.
The park has a covered bird viewing
station with feeders and a drip bath. Food is provided November through March and the bath
is maintained all year. The station can accommodate about 15 people. There is no charge to
use the viewing station other than standard park entrance fees. This is an ADA accessible
Park fee information.
park facility map In PDF format
Elevation: 1197. Weather:
July average high is 94; January average low is 32; first/last freeze: November 3/April 3;
May, August, and September are wettest months. Open: 7 days a week year-round,
except when wildlife management activities dictate closure of all or part of the park
(call for dates).
Attractions: Some nearby activities include Inks Lake, Longhorn Cavern, Blanco,
and Guadalupe River
State Parks; Lyndon B. Johnson National and State Historic
Sites, in Johnson City; Admiral
Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg; Enchanted Rock State
Natural Area north of Fredericksburg; and Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. Many
wineries are in the area including the Texas Hills Vineyard. You may want to refer to
Directions: The park may be
reached by traveling 9 miles east of Johnson City on FM 2766 or by traveling west of
Austin for 32 miles on US Highway 290, then north on FM 3232 for 6 miles.
WARNING - The
Pedernales River running through the park can flash flood with little or no warning. The
water in the river can rise from a placid stream to a raging torrent in a few minutes. If
you are in the river area and notice the water beginning to rise, you should leave the
river area IMMEDIATELY. Flash flooding is a common phenomenon in the Texas Hill Country,
and park visitors are encouraged to be alert to weather conditions.
Camping fees vary;
entrance fee. For reservations call 512/389-8900. Current conditions including fire bans
and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park
Information at 1-800-792-1112.
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