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Pedernales Falls State Park
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Pedernales Falls State Park © Corey Leopold / CC BY 2.0
Pedernales Falls State Park © Corey Leopold / CC BY 2.0
Pedernales Falls State Park © Corey Leopold / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Water flowing over limestone formations at Pedernales Falls State park near Johnson City, Texas.
Pedernales Falls State Park © Corey Leopold / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Pedernales River in Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, Texas.
Pedernales Falls State Park © The Travelista / CC BY 2.0
Pedernales Falls State Park © The Travelista / CC BY 2.0
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2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, Texas   78636
(lat:30.3081 lon:-98.2577) map location

Phone: 830-868-7304
View the Pedernales Falls from the scenic overlook at the north end of the park. Here, the river drops about 50 feet in elevation over a distance of 3,000 feet. Water cascades over tilted, layered stair steps of limestone.

This river limestone is 300 million years old. It is in the Marble Falls formation, and part of the southwestern flank of the Llano uplift. The uplift tilted these layers of limestone. Some 100 to 120 million years ago, early Cretaceous seas covered this part of Texas and deposited sands, gravels, younger limestone and marine fossils. Over time, these younger deposits eroded.
History of the Area
The state of Texas acquired Pedernales Falls State Park from private owners in 1970. The park opened in 1971.

The 5,212-acre park sits along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River in Blanco County east of Johnson City. Formerly the Circle Bar Ranch, the area is typical Edwards Plateau terrain.
1. Pedernales Falls State Park offers various swimming options in the beautiful, clear waters of the Pedernales River.
2. The park's main attraction is a large pool at the base of a waterfall for public swimming.
3. Swimming areas are marked with signs and vary depending on water levels and weather conditions.
4. For safety reasons, visitors cannot swim or wade upstream from the pedestrian bridge over Trammell's Crossing Trailhead.
5. Tubing down sections of slow-moving river currents provides an alternative to traditional swimming activities within this state park.
6. The Twin Falls Nature trail leads you to another secluded spot suitable for cooling off during hot summer days.
7. Swimming isn't allowed when there are high bacteria counts due to recent rainfall; always check before entering any body of water.
8. Picnic tables near most popular spots allow families enjoy meals while watching swimmers enjoying their time in natural pools.
9. Remember that no lifeguards patrol these areas so all recreational activity should be undertaken responsibly under adult supervision.
Anglers can enjoy river fishing, with options for catfish, bass and sunfish. A valid Texas Fishing License is required.

Pedernales Falls State Park is located near Austin, Dripping Springs and Austin
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Pedernales Falls State Park offers numerous picnic spots with tables and grills, surrounded by scenic views of the river and falls.
Biking is allowed on the 10-mile Wolf Mountain Trail. Be aware, it's a challenging trail with steep sections.

The Juniper Ridge Nature Loop offers an easier ride of about .5 miles. It's perfect for beginners or families.

For those seeking more adventure, there are over 20 miles of rugged mountain biking trails available in the park.

Remember to always wear helmets and safety gear while cycling as some areas can be rocky and uneven terrain may pose risks.

Please note that not all hiking paths permit bicycles; check signage before setting off on any route.

Also remember: weather conditions might affect accessibility so plan your trip accordingly.

Lastly, respect wildlife by keeping distance and leaving no trace behind during your bike rides through these beautiful landscapes.
Birdwatchers can spot species like the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and Painted Bunting. The park offers birding tours for enthusiasts. Bird blinds are available to aid viewing.

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