Pedernales Falls State Park
Johnson City, Texas (Blanco County)

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About the State Park

Panorama of Pedernales Falls at low water flow (View Full-size)
Pedernales Falls
Credit: Dk69
The flood-prone Pedernales River winds its way through 5,212-acre Pedernales Falls State Park for 6 miles, including a vast limestone gorge filled with deep pools, small rapids, shell and gravel "beaches" and seasonal waterfalls. From the river overlook, visitors can appreciate the awesome power of water and, if they choose, venture down into the gorge to sit by the water's edge or explore. Swimming, wading and tubing are not permitted in this area due to strong currents and extremely slick rock; several miles of river frontage, accessible from the camping areas, are open to water recreation.

Featuring more trail mileage than most Texas State Parks, Pedernales 19.8 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, 10 miles of equestrian trails and another 14 miles trails open to only to hiking and backpacking. Among the park's trails is the 7.5 mile Wolf Mountain Trail, a favorite among hikers, backpackers and mountain bikers. Other activities in the park include camping, picnicking, fishing, birding and nature study. Developed (RV) and primitive tent campsites are available; access to the primitive campsites requires a 2 to 3 mile hike. Numerous springs, intermittent streams and waterfalls are located throughout the park, nurturing ferns and other plant life.

Over 150 bird species have been observed at the park, including osprey, bald eagle and numerous songbirds, such as the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. To enjoy the park's avian diversity, visit the bird viewing station, a handicapped-accessible 15-person observation area featuring birdfeeders and a bird bath with dripper. The feeders are stocked with food from November through March and the bath is maintained year-round. Other wildlife includes white-tail deer, armadillo and raccoon

Park Ratings

Explanation of Symbols
Campsites/Overnight Facilities** 2 star
Leashed Pets Permitted?Animated Running Dog YES
Picnic Areas/Playgrounds** 2 star
Solitude** 2 star
Trail System**** 4 star
Water Recreation** 2 star
Wildlife**** 4 star
Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).

Wild Texas Notebook

Justin and I have extensively explored the falls area, as well as hiked the 1/4 mile Nature Trail and half of the Wolf Mountain Trail. The first half of Wolf Mountain Trail follows an old gravel road, providing hikers with little shade. A couple miles further, the trail narrows and provides adequate cover from the summer sun. The Nature Trail is a good, leisurely day hike which reveals steep canyons, limestone outcrops, and the vibrant green Twin Falls. There is also an observation deck above Twin Falls, allowing visitors to appreciate the area.

Waterfalls on the Pedernales River
Pedernales Falls
Copyright © Justin W. Moore

For more information, read our trip reports:

  • Pedernales Falls for Three
  • Location

    The park is located 9 miles east of Johnson City on Farm Road 2766. From Austin, travel 28 miles west on U.S. Highway 290 , then proceed north on Farm Road 3232 for 6 miles to the park entrance.

    The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, San Antonio

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    Open 7 days a week year-round from 8 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.

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    A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $4 per person for adults 13 years of age and older, or $2 per person if camping overnight. (Texas residents age 65 or older pay only $3 per person.) NOTE: Listed fees may be inaccurate at certain times of year due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

    Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

    Visit parks often? Learn about the $70 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts the passholder, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.


    Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

    Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at (512)389-8900 from Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    Contact the Friends of Pedernales Falls State Park, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Pedernales Falls State Park.

    Official Contact Information

    The State Park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Pedernales Falls State Park
    2585 Park Road 6026
    Johnson City, TX 78636

    Telephone: (830)868-7304
    TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112