Pedernales 5.5 Mile Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Johnson City, Texas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length5.5 miElevation gain590 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyRiverWaterfallRockyFee
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Entrance Fees 13 years and older : $6 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: Free Weekends and holidays are very busy and parking can be difficult. People with camping reservations will be able to enter when parking lots are full.

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Emerald Lopez
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Hiking

The creek was nice overall just okay not alot to see. good workout the park itself is very nice though many options depending on what you choose your experience will vary. love the park itself. not crazy about this trail

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Sarah Robertson
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HikingGreat!

Nice quiet trail, well maintained, not crowded at all for a Saturday morning. The tail crosses through the river, it wasn’t deep, but had to take our shoes off. Overall, nothing spectacular, but a really nice hike.

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Ryan Hilz
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Jessica Patton
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Alicia Walker
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Erin Connor
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HikingGreat!No shade

I enjoyed this hike a lot! The initial creek crossing was a little deep so I ended up taking my boots off and going barefoot through. The hike is very pleasant, although there is not much tree cover so wear your sunscreen! The view from the overlook is nice. I would recommend taking the additional sour loop on the south end of the trail - takes you through some beautiful fields with lots of cacti!

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Scott Kesselring
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Michael Vistine
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Racheal Morris
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Cassandra Roschen
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I wasn’t impressed with this trail. The most exciting part was crossing the river it’s slick but very doable. After that you walk a gravel path.

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Ligia Clemente
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This is a great trial for a long walk in the nature. Hardly any views other than the overlook. Only water is in the beginning when you are crossing the river, no other water streams at all if you’re bringing your furry friend. Overall a nice trail but not with overlooks to the hill country.

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Kristi Minter
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HikingNo shade

decent trail. wasn't impressed with the asphalt trail and added rocks along the way. most of the trail the trees look burned, not much in the way of greenery, animals, nature. have to cross the river to get to the trail which was pretty, but no way to cross without your entire shoe getting wet, made for a difficult climb in wet shoes. this trail should be marked moderate for it's many steep inclines.

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Jamie Buchhorn
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Definitely a moderate hike. Up and down some steep parts. Beautiful lookout at the middle. Start counter clockwise. Get an early start due to limited shade. Water flows over trail; therefore wither take shoes off, wear water hiking shoes or be prepared to be wet. Take lots of water (more than two liters) and brings snacks. Trail is very clean. Great day hike.

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Vanessa Hartman
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HikingNo shade

So we actually didn’t do the full loop. It was way too hot and there wasn’t any shade. So we went to the overlook then back to go swim!

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Robert Leathers
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Mistly hiked feeder trails till we came across this one. Took it as far as the Pedernales. It was called the Trammell River Crossing Trail.

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John Hicks
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HikingNo shade

Nice trail with good mix. River crossing was about one foot deep so be prepared. Good signage (thanks Boy Scout Troop 101). Bring water as limited shade.

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Barry Schrock
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HikingBugsNo shade

Trail follows a dirt roadway thru a Juniper forest except for a short rocky section along a fence line. Not much on scenery and very little shade since the shoulder of this roadway as been cleared of trees. Would be a nice trail for running. Battled with flies. Area at the river crossing is very nice.

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Michelle Miller
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky
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Doug Neidholdt
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The river crossing was high but got across to do the hike. nice but average. I think best hiked counter clockwise

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Tony Evans
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Good trail with moderate distance and elevation. A little lacking in the scenery, but very pleasant nonetheless. Crossing the river woke me up, that water’a cold in early March, duh. I hiked on a Thursday morning and saw only 2 other people out there, which I loved. Did not see much wildlife, except for tracks.

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Ellen Samuels
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The trail mapped is actually Trammel’s Crossing. Not for horses at all. To get to the trail, you must ford the Pedernales River. The river could be ankle deep or knee deep or higher just depends on the weather.

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David Wylie
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Great trail in the summer you can bike for miles upstream.

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Deanna Guerrero
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Worth it! Every inch! The walk and sweat was worth the view I love this park. Wasn’t crowded at all. You will love it ! A must go

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Charlie Love
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Great directions and trail ratings!

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Jon Morgan
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You need to get there early! It gets crowded fast.

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