Flowing over limestone slabs, the Pedernales River can occasionally be turbulent. But it is usually tranquil and relaxing. At Pedernales Falls State Park, you can sit back and relax, at only 30 miles west of Austin, Texas.
The park features a number of outdoor recreational options for you to enjoy, including camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, riding horses, geocaching, or simply enjoying all the beauty and nature the park has to offer. The river is an inviting spot for guests to swim (at your own risk), tube, and fish. The park also has a bird blind and butterfly garden.
Camping at the park provides visitors with a choice between hike-in primitive spots or those with water and electricity hookups. Swimming in the Pedernales River can be risky. Flash flooding is common in the Texas Hill Country. If you go swimming and notice the water level rising or becoming suddenly muddy, get out of the water immediately.
Visitors to Pedernales Falls State Park can also hike one of several trails, which vary in length and complexity. If you go hiking with your dog, always come prepared with plenty of water for both you and your pet. Bring waste bags and be sure to clean up after your pet. Always keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet in length and do not allow your dog to dig, disturb wildlife, or become a nuisance to other park visitors. In Texas state parks, pets are permitted in most campgrounds and trails, but are not allowed inside any buildings.
Pedernales Falls State Park is open daily. Admission to the park costs $6 per day for adults, but is free for children 12 and under. Camping reservations can be made in advance by calling the park office during business hours or through the park’s website.
If you’re in the Austin area and looking to get away for the day or the weekend, look no further than Pedernales Falls State Park.