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“Memorial Day FUN!”

Pedernales Falls State Park
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Owner description: A 5,212-acre park that offers six miles of river frontage for camping, horseback riding, hiking, and off road bicycling.
Austin, TX
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Memorial Day FUN!”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

We rented a pop up camper and had sight 64. Was super close to the restroom and showers which were very clean and convenient. MY 10 year old caugh about a dozen little catfish and we floated from the swimming area to the other side of Trammel Crossing. Honestly, the swimming area was busy so we just stayed at the other end the next day. BIG boulders are under the water and it can get slippery/dangerous so I made sure to wear a light jacket and kept my son in his tube at all time (except for Trammel Crossing). Water was greenish - not as clear as the Frio River, but it felt amazing! Not too cold, not too hot...just right. We would definitley go back!

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Goodheartedwoman
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Dallas, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful! Fun River! But hot...”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

We had a great time at Pedernales Falls over Memorial Day Weekend. It was even more beautiful than in any of the pictures on here, and more beautiful than the postcards for sale in the gift shop, probably because of all of the rain we have had this year. (More in 5 months than in all of the previous year combined). I HIGHLY recommend going there this year, or whenever you can. We had a great time playing in the river, looking at the trees and rocks, and picnic-ing by the falls. The falls are wide and the water flows almost horizontally, so there are many places among the rocks where you can sit without getting wet, although no picnic tables in the river bed, of course.

Be advised that there is a 1/4 or 1/2 mile walk to the falls viewing area, and also to the swimming area, from each of their parking lots. Both walks are shaded by trees for all or part of the time, but they also involve hills. Weather was in the high nineties but felt hotter than it does in Austin or Dallas at that temperature, and I wasn't prepared and got overheated and weak on the walk back the first day. (After a leisurely picnic in the full sun). On the second day I made sure to drink extra water and electrolytes before I left, so I completed the walk without further problems. There are trees by the river that provide shade if you stay on the sides; but the most fun thing to do at Pedernales Falls is swim and play in the river, and most of that is in full-sun.

Remember that it is always safest to play in colder, moving water. Some patches of the river were still and quite warm, and those breed bacteria that can make anyone sick. The water is purified again as it goes through the rapids, and I found the coldest water just below each section of rocks. I walked through all of it, but avoided lingering in the warmest sections.

The river bottom is covered in rocks, most smooth and rounded, but some sharp and full of shells. Wear water shoes to protect your feet, so you can walk freely and not get injured if you bump against a sharp rock. There are many rapids in the swimming area, typically about a foot deep (as of the end of May 2012), with areas of slower moving water in between, anywhere from 6 inches to 6 feet deep. We enjoyed swimming down these, although it would have been a lot easier with a tough inner tube. The water is light brown, but just clear enough to see how deep it is, and in the shallow areas you can fully see the rocky bottom and tiny fish that are in many areas. I saw people of all ages, including several children and three families with babies, in the river. (The strollers were left at the middle of the trail to the swimming area, at an overlook where the walking path is replaced by stairs.) Some people also brought their dogs.

Bring sunscreen, water and hydration drinks, and water shoes; and expect to have a great time!

Visited May 2012
6 Thank SarahTea
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Day visit & hiking”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

We go to the park sometimes for a day visit and to hike along the falls area. It has always been nice, clean and quite.

1 Thank SpicegirlTx
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Irving, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Beautiful cascading jewel of the hill country”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

This is one of the few state parks of Texas in hill country which has faterfalls, swim holes and lushy scnenics.

Very very well maintained state park with very knowledged park staff. A caution note though while you are in the waters watch out for water markasins. They are tiny yet quite secluded and poisonous. Golden rule don't mess with them, they don't mess with you.

The water falls is very beautiful to watch how it floods in a matter of hours due to the taperal structure nature has given. Beautiful nature carved rocks will just dazzle your mind and body.

Primitive camping is an awe some experience here.....

Visited June 2011
2 Thank Lakshmi M
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
612 reviews
402 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 394 helpful votes
“Beautiful falls and great swimming area”
Reviewed April 25, 2012

The falls are absolute beautiful. You can hike over rocks around the falls or just relax listening to the water. Spend hours at the swimming area. You can soak in a peaceful area or sit in the rapids and let the water rush over you.There is a nice campground but I did not stay there. There are also miles of hiking trails. The park is about 30 miles west of Austin. Cost is about $5 per adult.The park is a must see and do.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank M J
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