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Explore Pedernales Falls

Johnson City, Texas

4.8/5
based on 10 reviews

Details

Distance

0.6 miles

Elevation Gain

104 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Korey Taylor

Pedernales Falls is located 30 miles West of Austin and only a quarter mile walk from the parking lot. You can head a little further down river if you're looking to take a dip.

Pedernales Falls drops 50 feet in elevation over 3,000 feet of titled, layered steps of limestone along the Pedernales River in Blanco County. In order to reach the falls you must enter Pedernales Falls State Park and follow the park road until the very end. There you'll find a parking lot and it's only about a quarter of a mile walk to the falls. If you want to do a bit more exploring of the area, I suggest wearing hiking shoes because it's rocky, slippery, and some places are covered with shrubs. If you're looking to just relax, there is a small beach area where you can set out your towel, bring a cooler, and soak up some rays.

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Features

Chillin
Photography
Swimming
Hiking
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
River
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Dog friendly. A little dried up for this time of year, but such a beautiful hike.

Pedernales Falls State Park is a must visit when in central Texas. The park has many miles of trails, lush foliage, and wildlife spotting opportunities. The main attraction of the park, Pedernales Falls, is a scenic area along the Pedernales River. And from which it gets its name, there are a multitude of beautiful waterfalls. Because of COVID, it is difficult to get reservations. You must book several days in advance but it's very much worth it!

Visited the park a day after it rained and was rewarded with heavy falls and a beautifully lush forest. It’s a pretty small park so I hiked a lot of the day but it feels like you stay in a contained area. The falls are beautiful and easy to get to. Incredible Geological beauty is displayed among the many pools that cascade over each other!

Went this weekend and the falls were non-existing level of really dry. Made for some excellent rock climbing and exploring. The swimming section is really lovely, lots of spots to carve out a private area.

Visited this Hill Country Park today, and I really enjoyed it! I would recommend going after some rainfall though so you can really enjoy the falls. It was very dry today which was great for hiking, but not for cooling off by the water.

I LOVE this park. There is so much to do; swim, hike, mountain bike. Dog friendly and a great place to bring kids!

Fun to hike, swim, play. For people who want to explore and see amazing sights. There's a hole/cave on the side of a hill/cliff and you can climb/hike it. It's beautiful and breathtaking at the same time. Will do again sometime.

This is a spectacular getaway not so far from Austin. Because Texas is often in drought I recommend checking to see if the falls are flowing in advance online or by calling the park. Also be aware of going here when rain is in the area as it is prone to flash flood.

Good day trip from Austin! Lots of places to walk around on the rocks and get away from the families. There are really nice areas for families to swim though! Nice atmosphere and very pretty.

I love this park, I always make a point to visit whenever I'm back home in Texas. It is worth mentioning thought that swimming is strictly prohibited in this section of the park. If you want to swim, move downstream!

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