Pedernales Falls State Park Beach

Rocky beach
Unnamed Road, Johnson City, TX 78636, USA
177 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality

Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • ParkingCar parking nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

The water can rise to a strong torrent in couple of minutes – go out immediately once you see the water getting muddy or starting to increase.

Sometimes the trails are closed due to weather – please call before your visit.

Pedernales Falls State Park is a beautiful place with camping facilities, walking paths, hike and bike trails, geocaching spots, and dedicated picnic areas. The Pedernales River is good for swimming, wading, fishing, and various watersports. Birdwatching and riding horses are other popular activities in the park. Local wildlife is diverse and includes such species as deer, armadillo, and praying mantis.

Location and Access

It is recommended to buy park passes online in advance. In high season and on holidays, the place can get really busy. The admission fee is $6 per person; children under 12 can go for free. The park is located at 2585 Park Road 6026, just 10 miles east of Johnson City, 13 miles northwest of Dripping Springs, and about 30 miles away from Austin. In Johnson City, you can visit museums, galleries, and parks. In Dripping Springs, there are breweries and wineries offering tasting tours.

Water Recreation

Sometimes the river is turbulent, but when it’s calm, it’s very good for various types of water recreation such as swimming, wading, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Nevertheless, you should be cautious in the water since the current can be stronger than it seems. Be aware that swimming and wading near the falls are not allowed.

Camping Facilities

The park offers primitive camping ($10 per night) as well as sites with water and electricity ($20 per night). The latter are very well maintained and spacious, feature picnic tables, fire rings with grills and nice and clean restrooms with showers nearby.

Hiking and Biking

There are trails of varying difficulty – from light to challenging. There is a shorter Twin Falls Nature Trail with a scenic viewing point over the falls. The Wolf Mountain Trails winds for 6 miles around mountains and along small creek canyons and is more challenging. If you’re a skilled mountain biker, take the 10-mile new Juniper Ridge Trail with plenty of obstacles.

Horseback Riding

There is a rugged 10-mile trail appropriate for horse riding. They don’t provide horses on-site so it’s an option only for those who have their own horses. Be aware that the trail is steep at times and very rocky so beginner riders should look for other places to practice. Horses are required to have shoes.

Reviewed by:
Phil R.
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