Pedernales Falls State Park
Things to Do
Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, river swimming, tubing, wading, mountain biking, fishing, bird watching (checklist available), and horseback riding. River recreation is in a limited area beginning at the Youth Group Camping area and continuing downriver to the park boundary.
The park is a favorite for family hikes, with a duck pond, a quarter-mile nature trail to a scenic overlook of Twin Falls, and a wheelchair-friendly wildlife-viewing station. The easy, 7-mile Wolf Mountain Trail wraps around Tobacco and Wolf Mountains, winding along the small canyons created by Mescal and Tobacco creeks. Stop to cool your heels at Arrowhead Pool, where Bee Creek spills into stair-stepped pools.
A rugged trail winds about 10 miles up over the hillsides and down through the park. Riders should be experienced, as the trail is very rocky and has some steep slopes. Horses should have shoes. There is a water trough at the trailer parking area and an additional trough at the midway point on the trail. Visitors must provide their own horses.The park has a new Group Equestrian Camp available for overnight use.
WARNING - The Pedernales River running through the park can flash flood with little or no 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 beginning to rise, you should leave the river area immediately. Flash flooding is a common phenomenon in the Texas Hill Country, and park visitors are encouraged to be alert to weather conditions.
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.
Some nearby attractions include Inks Lake State Park; Longhorn Cavern State Park; Blanco State Park; Guadalupe River State Park; Lyndon B. Johnson National and State Historic Sites in Johnson City; Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site - National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area north of Fredericksburg; and Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. Many wineries are in the area, including the Texas Hills Vineyard.