Pedernales Falls State Park


Pedernales Falls State Park

Infobox_protected_area | name = Pedernales Falls State Park
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locator_x = 172
locator_y = 134
location = Blanco County, Texas
nearest_city = Johnson City
lat_degrees = 30
lat_minutes = 18
lat_seconds = 0
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 098
long_minutes = 14
long_seconds = 30
long_direction = W
area = 5,211.7 acres
(21.1 km²)
established = 1971
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governing_body = Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Pedernales Falls State Park ("Pedernales" pron-en|ˌpɜrdəˈnælɨs) is a state park in central Texas in the United States.

Location

Pedernales Falls State Park is located at 30°18′0″N 098°14′30″W, 10 miles (16 km) east of Johnson City and 30 miles (48 km) west of Austin. The park is on the Pedernales River, 14 miles (23 km) southwest of the river's mouth at Lake Travis.

History

Before 1970, the area that is now Pedernales Falls State Park was a working ranch, known as the Circle Bar Ranch. The state of Texas purchased the land for the park in 1970, and the park opened in 1973.

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 two miles or more to reach. There are also 19.8 miles (31.9 km) of hiking and mountain biking trails, 10 miles (16 km) of equestrian trails, and 14 miles (23 km) of backpacking trails.

ee also

* List of Texas state parks

External links

* [http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/pedernales_falls/ Pedernales Falls State Park] information from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
* [http://www.friendsofpfalls.org/index.html Friends of Pedernales Falls State Park]
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