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Pedernales Falls State Park
Address 
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City,TX,78636
United States
-98° -98' 32.6088" N 30° 30' 58.17" W
Description:

Pedernales Falls is the park's main attraction and may be viewed from a scenic overlook at the north end of the park. In this area, the elevation of the river drops about 50 feet over a distance of 3000 feet, and the cascading falls are formed by the flow of water over the tilted, stair-step effect of layered limestone. These river limestones belong to the 300-million-year-old Marble Falls formation and are part of the southwestern flank of the Llano uplift. These layers of limestone were tilted by the uplift, then eroded long before early Cretaceous seas of the 100-to-120 million years ago covered this part of Texas and deposited sands, gravels, younger limestones, and marine fossils.

Although the Pedernales River is the focal point of the park, there are other areas of interest to hikers, nature lovers, and the general visitor. Well-marked trails pass through hills dotted with oak and juniper woodlands and provide access to more-heavily-wooded areas of pecan, elm, sycamore, walnut, and hackberry in the major drainages. Ash, buttonbush, and cypress grow on the terrace adjacent to the river.
Fish commonly caught in the Pedernales River include catfish (predominantly), bass, perch, and carp. The park is not really known as a "fishing" park, but catfishing is good after a river rise.

Wildlife in the park is typical of the Texas Hill Country and includes white-tailed deer, coyotes, rabbits, armadillos, skunks, opossums, and raccoons. Over 150 species of birds have been seen in the park, and about one-third of these are permanent residents. Birds seen throughout the year include ravens, vultures, herons, quail, doves, owls, roadrunners, wild turkeys as well as the endemic rufous-crowned sparrow and western scrub jay. The endangered golden-cheeked warbler nests in the park, arriving in mid-March.

Camping and Important information: Facilities include campsites with water and electricity; a sponsored youth group area, which may be used by any youth group with an adult sponsor; hike-in primitive campsites (2 mile minimum; no pets allowed; no groundfires; self contained fuel stoves only); picnic sites; restrooms with and without showers; a trailer dump station; 19.8 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; 10 miles of equestrian trails; and 14 miles of backpacking trails. Be sure to stop by the Texas State Park Store located in the park headquarters building.

The park has a covered bird viewing station with feeders and a drip bath. Food is provided all year. The station can accommodate about 15 people. There is no charge to use the viewing station other than standard park entrance fees. This is a wheelchair accessible facility.

Hours: Open: 7 days a week year-round, except when wildlife management activities dictate closure of all or part of the park.

Reservations: Check Availability/Make Reservations for Pedernales Falls S.P.  You can also make e-mail reservations, fax reservations or phone reservations.

Admission Fees: do apply, see Park website for details.

Amenities: 
Camping-RV
Camping-tent
Parking
Picnic Tables
Restrooms
Trails- Hiking
Trails- biking
Trails- horse
Visitor/Nature Center
Wildlife Viewing Area
Things To Do: 
Biking
Boating
Camping
Educational Programs
Fishing
Geocaching
Guided Tours
Hiking/ walking
Horseback Riding
Picnicking
Swimming
Volunteer Opportunity
Wildlife Watching