Flowing over and around huge slabs of limestone, the Pedernales River is tranquil, and a great place to relax and recharge. Known for is sloping falls, lagoon, hiking trails spanning over 40 miles and camping spots – this State Park is a hidden gem most don’t know about right here in Texas.
Where is it?
The Pedernales Falls State Park is located 30 mins from West Austin, 1 hr 20 mins from San Antonio and 2 hr 30 mins from College Station making day trips entirely possible. Camping is an option too for those wanting to spend the whole weekend there.
What are the things to do at the Park?
As mentioned earlier, you can camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, bird watch and ride horses. On the river, you can swim, wade, tube or fish. Look for local wildlife and plants at the bird blind and butterfly garden.
Swimming in the river.
If you plan to swim, read the swimming safety tips before you visit. For your safety, the park does not allow swimming and wading in the Pedernales Falls area.
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 rising or getting muddy, leave the river area immediately. Flash flooding is common in the Texas Hill Country. Please be alert to weather conditions.
Hike or bike the scenic Hill Country.
Trails range from easy to challenging.
Take the .5-mile Twin Falls Nature Trail and stop at the scenic overlook over the falls. Or tackle the six-mile Wolf Mountain Trail. This challenging trail wraps around Tobacco and Wolf mountains and winds along the small canyons created by Mescal and Tobacco creeks.
Along the way, cool your heels at Arrowhead Pool, where Bee Creek spills into stair-stepped pools. For the more adventurous cyclist, test your mountain biking skills on the new Juniper Ridge Trail.
This 10-mile technical, single track trail provides plenty of obstacles for more advanced riders. Take a virtual tour with the Interactive Trails Map.
Tube, canoe or kayak the river. Put in at the swimming area or Trammell’s Crossing Trail. For your safety, we do not allow put-ins or take-outs in the Pedernales Falls area.
What will it cost me?
If you’re planning a one day trip, it’s just $20 per vehicle. For camping spots, it’s best to contact the park for details ( ~$3/person).
If you plan on renting a car and fill all seats, a two day trip could cost you $25 including food and drinkables. The cost will increase the farther off you are from the park and the activities you plan on doing during your visit.
Is it worth it?
Heck yeah if you’re up for an adventure with friends and love the outdoors as much as we do here at TheCreditTraveler.com .