Pedernales Falls State Park is an easy drive from Austin near Spicewood and Dripping Springs. The park is 5211 acres and surrounds the beautiful Pedernales River. It offers many activities for the outdoor enthusiast including bird-watching, swimming, camping, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. Pedernales Falls are the highlight of the park, they are 50 feet of clear water tumbling down gradually descending limestone.
Getting to the falls is not difficult. Park at the Pedernales Falls Trail system and it is a short walk to the Pedernales Falls Overlook. Nature lovers enjoy the majestic view from this point. Swimming is not allowed near the falls, but once you complete your hike you can make your way over to the swimming area trail for a refreshing swim. During times of drought the water here is not very deep and swimmers need to be observant.
Pedernales Falls features short flat hikes for families and beginners, and longer routes along the equestrian trails. The walk down to the river is steep. Visitors need to be watchful for flash floods near the river and be prepared to get to higher ground on short notice. The Twin Falls viewing station is specifically for quiet bird watching, it is wheelchair accessible and it is near the equestrian trail. Though fishing is available, this park is not known as a fishing park. Pedernales Falls Features clean campgrounds with water and electric hookups
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There is plenty of parking available at each campsite and trailhead. Entrance fees are $6 when the park is open. Primitive camping is available for $10 a night and is a two-mile hike into the park. There are 69 drive in campsites for $20 a night and a youth group area for up to 150 people at $50 per night. No dogs are allowed in the primitive campsites.