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Pedernales Falls Texas State Park
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Pedernales Falls State Park Information:
This popular 5,211.7 acre park was acquired from private owners in 1970 and opened to the public in 1971. Formerly the Circle Bar Ranch, it is located along 8 miles of Pedernales River frontage. The park’s main attraction is the Pedernales Falls which may be viewed from the scenic overlook on the Nature Trail at the north end of the park. The stair step falls are created by the river dropping 50 feet over a distance of 3,000 feet. In 2017, TPWD was close to completing the purchase of 200 acres of private property on the bluff opposite the park; the land owner has volunteered to make an additional 70 acres off-limits to development. This park is extremely popular during nice weather; go early. Park entrance and camping fees apply. The park is prone to flash floods, so leave if the river starts rising.For more information read the Pedernales Falls State Park Area History Brochureand watch the Park VideoFrom Oak Hill drive 32 miles west on U.S. 290. Drive north on FM 3232 for 6 miles. From Johnson City, drive 9 miles east on FM 2766 to FM 3232.
 
Pedernales River:
The river rises from springs in the southeastern corner of Kimble County and flows northeast for 106 miles, crossing Gillespie, Blanco, and Hays Counties, to its mouth on Lake Travis near Briarcliff in western Travis County, a short distance southwest of Pace Bend Park. The terrain near the river is flat to rolling with local escarpments, and its fine sandy loams support the juniper, bald cypress, mesquite, and grasses characteristic of the Texas Hill Country. Pedernales is the Spanish term for the flint rocks that characterize the riverbed. The upper reaches of the Pedernales River are generally too shallow for recreational use, but the middle and lower reaches of the river provide good white water, especially during periods of high runoff. The three parks located on the river include Pedernales Falls State Park, LBJ National Historic Park, and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. The Pedernales has been dammed near Johnson City to form Johnson City Lake.  Fish Stocking History    
  
Pedernales Falls State Park Directions:  
From Oak Hill drive 32 miles west on U.S. 290. Drive north on FM 3232 for 6 miles.
From Johnson City, drive 9 miles east on FM 2766 to FM 3232.