Pedernales Falls State Park – DAY TRIP

The natural beauty of the Pedernales Falls in the Texas Hill Country.

If you are looking for your next outdoor adventure, why not explore Pedernales Falls State Park? Just 10 miles west of Johnson City and 13 miles southeast of Dripping Springs, this park offers 5,212 acres and sits along the banks of the Pedernales River. So pack a cooler, a tube or two, some hiking boots and some sunscreen and get ready for a fun-filled time!

Play in the Water

The picturesque river is obviously the main attraction of the Pedernales Falls State Park. In fact, the park’s claim to fame are the stunning Pedernales Falls that flow over grand slabs of limestone and attract visitors from near and far. The park prohibits swimming and wading in the Pedernales Falls area, but there are plenty of designated swimming areas to cool off from the hot Texas sun. Visitors can also canoe, kayak and tube. They don’t offer rentals, so you have to bring your own flotation devices. Fishing is another activity that is very popular at the park, so be sure to bring your pole!

Hiking and Trails

The park offers plenty of opportunities to explore nature through its expansive trails system. With trails that range from leisurely to more advanced, you could take the half-mile Twin Falls Nature Trail, which stops for a scenic overlook of the Falls, or venture down the Wolf Mountain Trail, a six-mile trek that wraps around Tobacco and Wolf mountains. Advanced cyclists will enjoy the 10-mile Juniper Ridge Trail that will test their mountain biking skills!

There are even trails for horseback riding that include rocky terrain and slopes for the experienced rider. 


A modern-day treasure hunt using a GPS or smartphone app, Geocaching is a fun adventure for the entire family. To play, download the app, or similar apps, choose your cache and begin your hunt!


Want to spend more than a day at Pedernales Falls State Park? The park offers sites with electricity that include water hookup, picnic tables and nearby showers and restrooms. There are also hike-in primitive campsites for those who prefer to rough it! 

For an extended stay, the nearby towns of Johnson City and Dripping Springs offer restaurants, wineries & distilleries, shops and plenty of activities to complete your stay.