Pedernales Falls State Park

Johnson City, Texas

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This 4,860-acre park, bisected by the Pedernales River, is a hiker’s park with more than 20 miles of meandering trails, including the 8.2-mile Wolf Mountain Trail. Pedernales Falls extends for about 3 miles through a rugged and picturesque gorge at the northern edge of the park. Swimming and tubing are permitted only below the falls. The park can be busy on weekends and holidays. Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Canyon Wren, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuck-will’s-widow, Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Bell’s Vireo, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Dickcissel, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. Grasshopper, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows can often be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
Birding Texas

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Birding Texas

by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

This 4,860-acre park, bisected by the Pedernales River, is a hiker’s park with more than 20 miles of meandering trails, including the 8.2-mile Wolf Mountain Trail. Pedernales Falls extends for about 3 miles through a rugged and picturesque gorge at the northern edge of the park. Swimming and tubing are permitted only below the falls. The park can be busy on weekends and holidays.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Canyon Wren, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuck-will’s-widow, Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Bell’s Vireo, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Dickcissel, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. Grasshopper, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows can often be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

©  Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Johnson City
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Mid-March to July for Golden-cheeked Warbler; April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities
Local Contacts: Pedernales Falls State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Pedernales Falls State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

3/16/2005
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I took my family wife and two girls 8 and 5 for the partial week. We tent camped on a elect. and water site. Each site had a picnic table and sand tent pad. The Latrines are spotless. The trails are mild and family oriented. I have been there twice in five years both times it has rained one day of a 4 day stay. Deer roam, birds alover, and in the spring the river runs fast. This stay the temps were 75 day and 45 night. Bring your own wood to the site. They do sell it 4.00 a bundle and ice as well. town is max 20 minutes each direction. Dripping springs is the better of the two towns.



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