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Pedernales Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park.JPG
Pedernales River running over limestone.
Location Blanco County, Texas
Nearest city Johnson City
Area 5,211.7 acres (2,109 ha)
Established 1971
Governing body Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Pedernales Falls State Park /ˌpɜːrdəˈnæls/ is a 5,212-acre state park situated along the banks of the Pedernales River in Blanco County, Texas in the United States.

Location

The park is located 10 miles (16 km) east of Johnson City, and about 25 miles west of Austin, Texas.

History

Prior to the year 1970, the area that the park occupies was a working ranch, known as the Circle Bar Ranch. The state of Texas purchased the ranch in 1970, and opened the park in 1971.

Recreation

Many of the activities in Pedernales Falls State Park center around the Pedernales River: swimming, tubing, wading and fishing. The park also has a number of picnic areas and campsites, including some primitive campsites that require a hike of over two miles to reach. There are also 19.8 miles (31.9 km) of hiking and mountain biking trails, 10 miles of equestrian trails, and 14 miles of backpacking trails. There is a park store where you can purchase gift items and ice. The entrance fee is $6 daily for persons 13 years or older, children 12 and under are allowed in at no cost.

Like many rivers in central Texas, the Pedernales is prone to variable water levels. A sign at the park shows a relatively tranquil river in one picture and a raging wall of muddy water in the next picture, said to be taken only five minutes after the first. The speed at which flash floods can arise along this river has resulted in several deaths at the park.

Panoramic view of Perdenales Falls at low water flow

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Climate data for Pedernales Falls State Park
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 89
(31.7)
100
(37.8)
102
(38.9)
101
(38.3)
102
(38.9)
110
(43.3)
108
(42.2)
107
(41.7)
110
(43.3)
98
(36.7)
93
(33.9)
89
(31.7)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 61
(16.1)
63.7
(17.61)
71.2
(21.78)
79.2
(26.22)
85.2
(29.56)
91.2
(32.89)
94.8
(34.89)
94.8
(34.89)
88.8
(31.56)
80.3
(26.83)
70.7
(21.5)
62.5
(16.94)
78.6
(25.89)
Average low °F (°C) 34.8
(1.56)
38
(3.3)
46.1
(7.83)
53.9
(12.17)
62.4
(16.89)
68.7
(20.39)
70.9
(21.61)
70.1
(21.17)
64.3
(17.94)
54.3
(12.39)
45
(7.2)
36.2
(2.33)
53.7
(12.06)
Record low °F (°C) 7
(-13.9)
3
(-16.1)
13
(-10.6)
27
(-2.8)
36
(2.2)
50
(10)
56
(13.3)
53
(11.7)
37
(2.8)
22
(-5.6)
17
(-8.3)
1
(-17.2)
1
(-17.2)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.1
(53)
2.2
(56)
2.7
(69)
2.3
(58)
4
(102)
4
(102)
2.4
(61)
2
(51)
3.3
(84)
3.9
(99)
3.1
(79)
2
(51)
34
(864)
Humidity 67 65 58 61 65 62 59 59 64 66 65 63 63
Avg. precipitation days 3 3 3.7 5.6 6.5 5.3 4.7 4.1 5 4.2 2.9 3.1 51.1
Source: Weatherbase

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