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Pedernales Falls State Park

RR 1 Box 450, Johnson City, TX 78636
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Johnson City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Camping
Description: A 5,212-acre park that offers six miles of river frontage for camping, horseback riding, hiking, and off road bicycling.
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Zeist, The Netherlands
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It is so interesting to be able to walk across the river on the large stones. The whole area is beautiful.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Spent a hot day along the banks of the Pedernales. Our visit visit was in the middle of the week. Basically we had the area to ourselves. "Swimming" area is a short but steep hike from picnic area. Hike will probably discourage folks who want to cart picnic supplies, coolers, etc. from parking area to river. But delightful area.

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Edinburg, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Was a stop on a road trip highlighted in Thunder Roads -Texas Magazine ,July 2014 edition, entitled Devil's backbone. The landscapes are beautiful and the roads in the park are well maintained. Restrooms are clean and water fountains are also available at each area. Spectacular views from the headquarter office. Amazing views and hiking at the Pedernales Falls Overlook point,... More

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Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
62 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My cousins and I went to watch the sunset from the Pedernales Falls overlook. The walk to the overlook was much easier than the Hamilton Pool walk; wending through cedar groves, fragrant and lush, yet surreal and peaceful. We couldn't see the sunset because of the trees, but it made me concentrate on the falls; which we couldn't see because... More

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Buda, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We have travelled many parks in the Texas State Parks system. Always wanted to go to Pedernales Falls after hearing good things. We travelled from Austin to the park quickly and easily. It was a rainy weekend and the park was still quite full. We had reservations for Friday/Saturday. Arrived Friday at 2pm and had many open choices. Settled on... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The views from the park were beautiful. We got a campsite and then went to the river to swim. It was a tough hike down to the river. I'm not sure if we took the wrong trail or what... Once we got down there it was difficult to get in also. Once we were in we enjoyed it except for... More

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Yonkers, New York, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My husband and I stumbled upon this park while visiting the area doing some research for a potential move. This park alone makes me want to move to the area! Reasonable entry fee, lots of parking, and lots of options . We started by the falls and wandered around there for close to an hour before the heat started getting... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Spent my first time at this state park on Monday. The facilities are extremely well ran with very helpful & super friendly staff. I accidentally drained my car battery trying to charge my cellphone...duh! The park host Denny helped me out beyond belief. The falls are beautiful and the park is dotted with plenty of wild life. Several does &... More

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Spring Branch
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I went for the first time on a weekday in August. The water was shallow w small water falls and a couple if places were 5' ish deep. It was a long walk to the water and even longer back! This is an hour long drive for me so it was just ok. If you are going to go to... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband, two teens sons and I spent about seven days here and enjoyed every minute of it. Before leaving, I read a review stating whoever designed the campground should be given an award, and that is true. You don't feel like you are packed in and on top of other campers. Two bathrooms are kept clean in the camping... More

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