Getting there: From Austin head west on Highway 290. After near 30 miles
turn north on RM 3232. Continue north until 3232 dead ends into a T-section in the road.
The entrance to Pedernales Falls State Park is to the right off of FM 2766. The ranger station
for paying park entrance fees is a bit less than 3 miles north of the park entrance.
The Hikes: Pedernales Falls is one of the largest and interesting
parks to be found in the Central Texas area. With over 5,000 acres it includes a
reported 20 miles of trails, scenic views, camping areas and a dramatic waterfall.
The park features one of the larger camping areas in central Texas. The primitive
camping area can only be accessed by hiking a couple of miles from the Wolf
Mountain Trailhead, so you won't find yourself camping next to someone's motor home
outfitted with air conditioning and satellite TV.
The trails in the park range from the short Falls Trail to get to Pedernales Falls
to the challenging Wolf Mountain Trail that draws many hikers to the park. The
4-Mile Loop trail crosses the Pedernales River to the seldom visited east bank
portion of the park and provides some of the best solitude to be found in
My boyfriend and took the afternoon off to spend the afternoon playing in the park. We only did the hike around the falls and the four mile loop. The unmarke braided trails, are a bit confusing, but it's impossible to really get lost and the views are worth it. The four mile loop is a nice flat hike with moderate shade and a few elevation changes make it a nice workout. The trail is wide and had been bladed which isn't a good thing in my opinion, but makes things easier for a large group. Would be good for a picnic. Points of interest: the river crossing at the the beginning of the like (and at the end when you walk back out) and small group of old graves. It looks like there used to be a sign pointing them out, but it's no longer there. You can see the decorative fence surrounding one of the graves from the trail if you're paying attention.
Logged a total of 9 miles in the Wolf Mt. area. Was out for a 2 night trip. Hiked in Friday night, day hiked Sat. and hiked out Sunday.
Nowhere near as solitary as it used to be. 10 years ago you might see one or two people out there. Saturday afternoon day hiking, the front of the primitive area looked like a car camp. Tents everywhere.
We camped at the very rear and only had one group about 100 yards off so it wasn't too bad. Still an awesome park to hike.
We went off the official trail, where countless others had gone before and just followed the river. The river was low and the falls were less than spectacular, but it was still serene, beautiful and peaceful. At the trammel crossing we ran across other hiker otherwise the solitude was great!
Blazed a trail along the river to get away from the crowds
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