If you aren’t a local then you would say Pedernales correctly.
But the locals say it “Perd-nah-less”.
I’m not quite sure why, but to blend in when we first moved to Dripping I struggled to say it the way the locals did.
It just didn’t quite make any sense to me!
Nonetheless, it is one of the COOLEST state parks around! I think since moving here we have visited 8 or 9 times. It’s a short 25 minute drive west of Dripping Springs and there is so much to do at this amazing state park.
You can hike, camp, swim, fish or just poke around and explore.
The best part about it is that it is equally fun in the winter as it is in the summer. When the water is lower in the winter you can hike up the main falls and explore caves, tiny waterfalls and boulders. We have even taken a polar plunge in the swimming area in February!
During the summer it is HOT on the falls and the hike can be arduous- bring lots of water and wear a hat! We love seeing how far up the limestone slab we can go before everyone is too tired.
There are always people fishing on the main falls and they seem to do pretty well.
I grabbed a Gar with my bare hands in one of the shallow pools the first time that we went! My boys were impressed and I had a new story to tell- ha!
There is no swimming allowed in the main falls area due to flash flood risk and the nature of the underground limestone tunnels that someone could get caught in on the main falls, but you can drive to the designated swimming area a bit further down the park.
You’ll need to walk down some pretty steep stairs and spread a blanket on the pebbled beachy area where the kids splash around in the shallow waters of the Pedernales River and cool off from the hot hike!
My family has a Texas State Park pass, which I highly recommend! You can reserve your spot any day at any of the 15 Austin area state parks and it pays for itself within 1-2 visits.
Pedernales Falls is open daily from 8 AM- 10 PM, but you’ll need to reserve a spot and know when to go. The gates close for 1 hour from 12-1, so don’t come late to your reserved time! Cell service is also pretty close to non-existent once you drive in, so be aware in case of emergency.
The fee is $6 per person for everyone over the age of 12.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
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