Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernals Falls State Park - The Falls

Park #2 on our quest to visit all 93 State Parks of Texas was Pedernales Falls State Park.

Pedernales Falls State Park is in Johnson City, TX about 35 minutes outside of Austin.

Park 2/93 February 9, 2013

Pedernales Falls State Park is one of my favorite parks. I’ve visiting many times and could write for hours about the Wolf Mountain Trail and about the falls themselves. This visit only included a short hike around the falls where we spent an hour exploring the boulders that are normally hidden by water during the wet seasons. We stopped by the headquarters and got our lapel pins, maps, and well-wishes from the park rangers. From the headquarters we headed down the winding, hilly road to the falls. You can park at the end of the road at the large parking lot/restroom area. From there we headed down the gravel-paved path to the falls. This is about a quarter of a mile path that is really easy to make for most people. From there you can take pictures from the multiple overlooks. If you’re feeling more adventurous take either path down to the falls from the main overlook. We took the path (left from looking out over the falls) and continued across the falls. It was relatively dry when we were there so we were able to walk straight across the falls without having to get wet at all. If you have the time (and there’s no chance of rain) head further North and explore some of the beautiful rockscapes formed by the river. There’s a great formation of rocks which is pretty difficult for me to describe so I’ll let the picture below do the talking.
The falls at Pedernales Falls State Park

There’s a “floating” boulder inside of the “eye” in that formation. The light in that picture wasn’t great.

We had another state park to visit that day so we headed back to the car after getting some pictures of that formation.

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