Pedernales Falls State Park consists of 5,250 acres, numerous spring-fed streams. Located in the Texas Hill Country near Johnson City in Blanco County,
the park has six miles of river-front acreage and a wealth of water activities like swimming, wading, tubing, kayaking and fishing.
There are sandy beaches on eroded banks and several water falls. Several trails offer scenic sojourns through fern-lined
canyons dotted with Texas persimmon, red buck-eye and mustang grape. The name Pedernales, originally pronounced "pe-der-NAH-less", means flint rocks in Spanish
and pays homage to the Native Americans who once inhabited the river's banks.
Today the name is pronounced "purr-duhnAlice", made famous by President Johnson, whose sprawling ranch, now preserved as the Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks, lies along the river about 22 miles west of Pedernales Falls.
Pedernales Falls State Park is about 38 miles of Austin. The park opens daily year round ( Closed some weekdays Nov-Jan for public deer hunts). Entry fee: $4 per person per day. Campers pay a reduced entry fee. Primitive camping fee: $7 per night (up to 5 people per site). Camping fee for sites with water and electricity: $16 per night . Back-country campers should carry plenty of water. Make reservations early.
A primitive camping area, 2 miles from the trailhead on the 7.2 mile Wolf Mountain Trail, offers a more rugged, solitary woodland experience: Chemical toilets, but no water or electricity. Springs and seeps appear throughout the park; water=purification chemicals/filters or carry drinking water. The park has a Sponsored Youth Group Camping Area, located north of the swimming area, accommodates up to 80 persons and provides facilities for tent camping only, with a chemical toilet and drinking water located nearby, no showers or electricity.
The park has some 20 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and 14 miles of backpacking trails, as well as the Pedernales Hill Country Nature Trail.
Contacts: Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Rd. 6026
Johnson City 758636
Web site: www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
For Park reservations, call 512-389-8900
For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.
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