Visit Pedernales Falls State Park in the Hill Country of Texas

Pedernales Falls State Park is a natural attraction in Texas Hill Country, and offers something for everyone. It is a 5,212 acre park with six miles of river where you can camp, hike, picnic, bike, geocache, bird watch, ride horses, swim and fish.

Pedernales is located in Johnson City, which is known as the birthplace of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. Not only is the park itself filled with things to do, but it is close to other popular attractions in the Texas Hill Country.

Entrance Fee and Operating Hours

If you plan on visiting Pedernales Falls State Park, you can stay up to date on any changes on the state park website.  The entrance fee for the park is $6 a person for a daily pass. Children 12 year of age or younger are free. If you live in Texas or plan on visiting other parks while traveling, we recommend purchasing a Texas State Park Pass. The Texas State Park Pass is $70, and it will get you unlimited free entry into the 89 state parks for you and your guests. You will also receive discounts on camping (restrictions apply), park store purchases and equipment rentals, and other special offers.

The park is open from 8am-10pm. The park gates close at 10pm, and will require a gate code if you arrive after 10pm. Make sure to contact the park before 5pm to get the gate code.

Pedernales busy season is in spring, summer and fall, and many times reach capacity and close to those without reservations. To guarantee entry for day visits or camping, make reservations online or calling customer service.
Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

The best things to do at Pedernales Falls State Park

We stayed 9 miles from Pedernales Falls State Park at The Fitz Luxury RV Resort, and ended up purchasing a Texas State Park Pass so we could enjoy the park during our 5 month stay in the hill country.  We found ourselves adventuring to our favorite few spots, and taking a day to geocache.

Hiking Trails

There are trails the whole family can explore at Pedernales Falls State Park. Our go to place was the Pedernales Falls Trailhead. Note: there is no swimming in this area of the park.

There are several overlooks that are easily accessible and great to visit if you only have short amount of time in the park.


Swimming is designated to certain parts of the river. It includes steep rock stairs with no handrail. It's recommend to read the swimming safety rules before entering the park. We visited while the water was low and the weather was cooler. The kids enjoyed wading in the water and the feeling of the fish nibbling their toes. The area if full of natural items for kids to enjoy. Take a blanket, bring your favorite snack and book, and enjoy the sound of nature while you relax.

Kids Programs

Become a Junior Ranger! We didn't realize this was an option until it was too late, but but will make sure to keep it in mind for all state parks we visit. Kids can borrow an Explorer Pack, with tools for exploring nature. Once they complete a certain number of activities from our free Activity Journal they will earn a badge like the National Parks. This is a great way to keep kids engaged while exploring, and something to collect to remember all your trips.


When it comes to camping at Pedernales Falls State Park, there are two options: you can choose between camping on a primitive campsite or at a campsite with water and electricity.

Primitive Campsite (US$ 10/night)
Ground fires prohibited
Chemical toilets
No pets

Campsite with water and electricity (US$ 20/night)
Picnic table
Water hookup
30 amp hookup
Lantern post
Fire ring with grill
Restrooms with showers nearby

Both prices do not include the park entrance fee.

Safety & Reminders

Know your limits
Drink plenty of water
Tell others where you will be
Prepare for weather changes
Watch for wildlife
Take your trash
Take only memories

What to do in the surrounding area

Pedernales Falls State Park is close to other popular destinations worth visiting. The Hill Country is full of amazing little towns, wineries, breweries, and delicious food.

Dripping Springs

Dripping Springs is known as the Gateway to the Hill Country, and the official wedding capitol of Texas. Checkout Destination Dripping Springs to know what events are going on in the area. They have so much to do!


If you plan on visiting Wimberley, Visit Wimberley is a great place to stay up to date with what they have happening in their cute town. This is a popular destination for many with cute shops, yummy restaurants, and you can even rent E-bikes.

Johnson City

This small town is worth the visit. They have some really neat attractions in the area, and was the home of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States of America. How cool is that?! The kids enjoyed visiting the Science Mill while in the area. They have an exotic zoo, and if you are visiting in the spring, don't miss the beautiful wildflowers.

Enjoy your trip to Pedernales Falls State Park and the surrounding Hill Country!

Geocaching at Pedernales Falls
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