A favorite summer getaway, the 4,800-acre Pedernales State Park is highlighted with gently cascading waterfalls. The falls draw swimmers and anglers in search of catfish. The falls are spectacular but visitors should note that this park can experience dangerous flash floods. With even a slight rise in the river, visitors should get to higher ground immediately. Swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping available. The most popular stop in Johnson City is the LBJ Boyhood Home, managed by the U.S. Park Service.
According to Indian legend, the rock is haunted. Sometimes, as the rock cools at night, it makes a creaking sound, which probably accounts for the story. People of all ages in reasonably good physical condition can enjoy a climb up Enchanted Rock. The walk takes about an hour, and hikers are rewarded with a magnificent view of the Hill Country. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Austin. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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