Potholes at Pedernales Falls State Park

Two Worlds Treasures: Potholes at Pedernales State Park.

We didn’t pack our swimsuit/swim trunk on our Spring Break trip to Hill Country because I thought the water would still be cold and we wouldn’t really have time for playing in the water. Well, I was wrong! It was 80s, really nice, and we had plenty of time when we went to Pedernales Falls State Park. Teenagers were swimming and had sunbathing. Families with younger kids were playing in the water, fishing, or just exploring the rocks with its unique formation.

Pedernales Falls State Park: a view from the overlook: Two Worlds Treasures
A view from the overlook.

Potholes at Pedernales State Park: family fun: Two Worlds Treasures


And all we could do were folding our pants as high as we could and got into the water. But before long, my son was already waist deep in the water.


The Pedernales Falls State Park was so inviting. The water flows over and around huge slabs of limestone. It can be turbulent, but most often it is tranquil. It’s a great place to relax and recharge.


Potholes at Pedernales Falls State Park

Here at Pedernales Falls State Park, you will see round/oval-shaped holes in the bedrock of the river bed that we call potholes. Potholes formed when fragments of stones and pebbles carried by the river whirl around, drilling circular depressions into the river bed. The flowing water keeps the fragments in motion, constantly wearing away the sides of the depressions. These gradually become deeper and wider to become potholes. They make Pedernales Falls State Park unique.

Big pothole.
Smaller potholes.


Things you can do at Pedernales Falls State Park

Here at the park, you can camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, bird watch and ride horses. On the river, you can swim, wade, tube or fish. You can also do bird watching, learning about wild plants, or visiting the butterfly garden.

We didn’t do any hike though. It was late in the afternoon so we decided to explore the water area only. The road from Johnson City to the park entrance was under construction and it was a long wait when we went there. Make sure you check it before you go there.


Visited: Spring Break 2016.

Location: 2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636. Phone: (830) 868-7304.


– Spring, Summer, and Fall are their busiest time. Make campsites reservation ahead.

– Make sure to call the park to find out about the water condition.

– Bring plenty of water.

– Pack your picnic lunch and snacks.

– Your family will enjoy playing in the water for hours.

– Use your Texas State Park Pass.

Note: for more information go to https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls


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