Pedernales Falls Loop is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dripping Springs, TX and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The park may be reached by traveling 9 miles east of Johnson City on FM 2766 or by traveling west of Austin for 32 miles on U.S. Highway 290, and then north on FM 3232 for 6 miles.
I must be missing something. The work trail was boring to death, the falls we very short walk with no swimming allowed and private property on the the other side.
We hiked much nicer trails in TX, so may may be we were off this time
Absolutely worth it. The back trails near the primitive camping spots are a million times better than the overfilled popular falls part.
What a geological gem. The water, when flowing, rushes down a series of gradual falls, not steep falls. There are many areas where the water pools into holes. Many boulders dot the waters, so you have many places to explore. I like to imagine being here 150 years ago, must've been ah-mazing.
There are lots of trails to choose from, as well as sandy beaches to lounge on. Bring sturdy shoes, of course, as many of the trails are rocky. After a lengthy hike, the next few days my quads hurt from scrambling up all of the boulders. It's a great place to explore, breathe, rejuvenate.
Beware, this trail is not where it shows on the map but in Pedernales State park. It is actually 5.5 miles as you have to hike to the start of the trail. Nice river to cross. Some mild hills to climb. Both sun and shaded areas. It is near campsite 33. Great hike overall. Tons of other trails in the park.