Review of Pedernales Falls State Park Campground in Johnson City, Texas
November 2009 – 4 Nights
The park atmosphere is different than I’m used to, being from the Midwest, but it really was quite neat. The park was hilly and the falls and river were beautiful. I have told other people that were going to be near Austin that they should at least take a day to go visit this park.
Campsite spacing was great throughout most of the park. Many of the sites actually had their own little area with wooded barriers between the next site, or were just spread out nicely. Our site had a good distance of wooded or brush barrier between our neighboring sites, and there was nobody behind us.
Campsite quality was good with a paved back-in drive for most sites. We stayed on site 40 and our picnic table and fire pit area was back behind the camper into the woods about 30 or 40 feet. It was nice and private, but I like to have use of the awning on the camper, as well. It would be fantastic for tent camping. Overall the quality of the site was nice and it depends on what site you pick if your picnic table and fire pit area are near the camper. The site had a concrete pad for the picnic table, a nice fire ring and lantern hanger.
There are hiking trails throughout the park. There are various short hikes that are good for the family. There are hikes down to the main falls viewing area, a hike to the Twin Falls viewing platform, a hike to the swimming area and also down to the Trammel Crossing. There are other longer hikes that are also open to mountain biking, which I did take a nice ride on one of the days. One of the longer trails actually passes by what is left of an old settlers home foundation. We did take a day trip over to Enchanted Rock State Park where Kyle and I made the hike to the top of Enchanted Rock. If you are in the area you should definitely check out Enchanted Rock as well.
There is no boating within the park.
We did not do any fishing, but fishing is allowed in the river. We did see people fishing off the rocks at the bottom of the main falls area. I asked one of the rangers about the quality of fishing and he said it was really good. I wished we would have tried it out.
This was a nice park to visit. I would say that you would need to be very careful taking the kids around the falls area as there are many opportunities for them to slip into the running water. The water was moving pretty good when we were there, to the point that the Trammel Crossing was flooded and impassable. I do not remember there being a play area either. We did just fine with the kids though, and Kyle hiked a couple of the trails with me including to the falls overlook, but I did not take him down to the falls.
Overall, we really enjoyed our visit to this park. I wish the water level would have been lower so we could have checked out the trails across the river, but there were still plenty of trails that we could access. We appreciated the different atmosphere than the camping we do in the Midwest. This park is in the Texas Hill Country which is very beautiful. Our visit to this park made us want to come back and check out other parks in the Texas Hill Country area.
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- Rated 3.5 stars
- Very Good
- Pedernales Falls State Park Campground
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