Pedernales Falls State Park

The park will be closed on the following dates in November,  December and January for wildlife management activities...

Pedernales Falls State Park

Follow the Pedernales River as it cascades over steps of layered limestone to create the picturesque Pedernales Falls. This drop in elevation will definitely be the high point of your visit.

Things to Do 

Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, river swimming, tubing, wading, mountain biking, fishing, bird-watching, and horseback riding. If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come.

In addition to drive-up and backpack campsites, the park also has a Youth Group Camp Area near the river and a new Group Equestrian Camp available for overnight use.

Hiking

The park is a favorite for family hikes, with a duck pond, a quarter-mile nature trail to a scenic overlook of Twin Falls, and a wheelchair-friendly wildlife-viewing station. The easy, seven-mile Wolf Mountain Trail wraps around Tobacco and Wolf Mountains, winding along the small canyons created by Mescal and Tobacco creeks. Stop to cool your heels at Arrowhead Pool, where Bee Creek spills into stair-stepped pools.

Equestrian

A rugged trail winds about 10 miles up over the hillsides and down through the park. Riders should be experienced, as the trail is very rocky and has some steep slopes. Horses should have shoes. There is a water trough at the trailer parking area and an additional trough at the midway point on the trail. Visitors must provide their own horses.

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.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

Area Attractions

Some nearby attractions include Inks Lake State ParkLonghorn Cavern State ParkBlanco State ParkGuadalupe River State Park; Lyndon B. Johnson National and State Historic Sites in Johnson City; Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site - National Museum of the Pacific War 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.

2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636

Latitude: 30.299393

Longitude: -98.243377

(830) 868-7304

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $6 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open Daily.

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall

Climate

January average low is 32 degrees. July average high is 94 degrees. Wettest months are May, August and September. First freeze occurs early November. Last freeze occurs early April.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

1,197 feet

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