Spring has definitely come to Texas. It is consistently in the 70’s, with some days hitting the 80’s. We want to get out and enjoy it before it gets unbearably hot. This past weekend, we drove up to Pedernales Falls State Park to do a little hiking and check it out. The park is about 1.5 hours north of San Antonio and 1 hour west of Austin, so easy to do on aweekend.
The land was a working cattle ranch until the 70’s when the government bought it and turned it in to a state park. Sitting on 5,200 acres, with the Pedernales River bordering the east side, the park is full of walking, biking, and riding trails. Camping sites are also available, as is swimming, but only in certain areas. The attraction is the falls though. It’s not a typical waterfall, but more where the water flows and falls between the rocks. The rocks are huge and easy to walk and climb on. I say easy, as in most people can do it. My kids and dog did it with little help.
The water was pretty low when we were there, so navigating was easy as well. There is a short trail from the parking lot to an overlook. From there, it’s a slightly rougher trail through trees, then down rocks. My kids had no big issues with this, even the 7 year old. There is so much to see though. The cliffs on one side, the variety of falls, plus the huge rocks themselves. A lot of it reminded me of Johnson Shut-Ins, where we went last summer.
I recommend it if you’re in the area. It’s not far from the Lyndon Johnson National Historic Park (which is still on my to do list), so you could easy make a day of roaming the two parks. We plan to continue on with monthly hikes and I’ve already got the next spot picked out.
Admission was $6 per adult. Kids 12 and under were free. Pets are allowed, but they need to be on a leash. We saw plenty of dogs, big and small, climbing around on the rocks.