Pedernales Falls State Park
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An exceptional example of Texas land-form, Pedernales Falls State Park is a great place for a picnic, hike, or just exploring. If you’re en route to or from Enchanted Rock from Austin, this park is mostly on the way. Make sure to grab a map at the entrance. There are plenty of trails, but some lead only to water– and others are designed for longer hiking.
The falls at Pedernales Falls State Park
The Pedernales Falls weren’t enormous when I was there, but with some extra sustained rain, the water has the opportunity to jump the hurdle of the natural spillway and make its way downstream in a spectacular fall. Make sure to stop by the Pedernales Falls Overlook no-matter how high the water level is. It’s pretty awe-inspiring.
Hiking at Pedernales Falls State Park
For a longer hike, Trammell’s Crossing (across the Pedernales River) to the 5.5-mile Loop Overlook is the way to go. Bringing amphibious hiking shoes is best for this route, although you can get the job done by de-shoeing before crossing. There’s a shallow but strong current, so take extra care with children and animals while crossing.