Three generations of our family plus our three tiny dogs camped at Pedernales Falls State Park for Spring Break 2014. We hiked, searched for geocaches, and enjoyed roasting marshmallows on the fire.
The park entrance. I mean, you have to take a picture of the entrance to the place where you will be spending the most fun ever. Right??? You know you do that too.
My parents have an RV and they brought it to sleep in and do food prep. Plus there is an awesome and super handy toilet and sink in there. Of course, a refrigerator and the rest but the “safe” bathroom is fabulous. Ok, ok. I’m a town girl with a bit of country in me.
My parents picked our spot and it is a short distance from the park’s restroom facility. Close enough for a shower before bed but not close enough to hear or smell anything. NOTE: We did notice park attendants visit the facilities regularly for maintenance.
My daughter slept on the couch inside the RV, my parents had the bed, while my husband and I and our tiny pups shared the tent.
This is a great location for Spring Break as we enjoyed a bit of cool-ish weather while we were here.
There are many things to do while you are at the park. You can swim, camp, hike, bike, ride your horse, geocache, and volunteer.
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636
The state of Texas acquired Pedernales Falls State Park from private owners in 1970. The park opened in 1971.
The 5,212-acre park sits along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River in Blanco County east of Johnson City. Formerly the Circle Bar Ranch, the area is typical Edwards Plateau terrain.
As a child and through my teenage years, my parents took my younger sister and I to see the historical sites of Texas. We visited many a mission and historical marker over the years. Many times this involved camping or staying in a screen shelter. Getting back to nature is a more economical way to travel given that you can stay a week at most state parks for less than one night at a major hotel chain. Plus you have the added benefit of seeing nature.
I highly recommend that you wear sneakers or good hiking shoes when traversing this fabulous park. Also take a backpack with you. Yes, it might seem like an unnecessary weight but you can carry your water bottles and a clean pair of socks in the backpack. You will thank me. Seriously.
Oh how I wish that we possessed a handheld GPS that was not an iPhone. Service is sketchy and I had to screenshot several maps to get us to the location. Also take extra battery packs. They could come in handy. I had mine with me on this trip.
Have a plan in place if you get separated. We didn’t. I went in one direction and my husband went in another. I don’t recommend it in the woods. He says that he yelled for me multiple times. I was in the woods… the kind that they find the body in on NCIS. I couldn’t hear anything but nature. Take a whistle and maybe a strobe flashlight. Couldn’t hurt and these items are both lightweight. Add them into the backpacks. Yes, one for each person. Along with more water than you think you will need.
We did not have the selfie stick on this trip. Would have been nice to get some pictures with my husband enjoying nature without searching for the perfect tree limb or stretching our arms out really far…
Most if not all state parks in Texas have some sort of geocaching presence. It is fun to do. I mean who doesn’t love a treasure hunt. And all ages can participate. Win-win.
Even if you are not a geocaching fool like we are, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of Pedernales Falls State Park. It is beautiful.
Cold water… We walked through it to get to more geocaches on the other side. So pretty.
So many stairs…
My daughter and my 70-something-year-old mama hiked these stairs with me.
We had fun. We saw the sights and learned how hard to push our bodies and when to listen and take a break.
These information markers forced us to stop and breathe – catch our breath – before continuing a long hike. Learning stuff is always a good thing. Even if it isn’t new knowledge, it helps to see/read it again and get a refresher course. Besides new eyes and added eyes (those of family/friends) help to give a new outlook to the same information.
Our trip to Pedernales Falls State Park took place before the floods that rocked the hill country and took many lives. It was crazy to see photos of parts of the park that I have included in this post underwater on the news.
My photo of my daughter taking a selfie was taken before the floods.
The above photos were found on Google and were taken during the flooding.
The puppies enjoyed napping in the tent and hanging out outside in their pink pen.
We couldn’t bear leaving them for a week at home and have someone else do the basics. They are our babies.
Everyone plays around with the different settings on their iPhone when they are on vacation… Right???
40-something mama, wife, blogger – who shares her crafty and ordinary life with her family, their three tiny dogs, a fat tortoiseshell cat, – and sewing room that is in a perennial work in progress.
A native Texan, who spent one year in Georgia and over a decade as a single mom, is now happily married and sharing her opinions on products and life in photos and words strung together.