People relocating to Fredericksburg homes and businesses discover myriad weekend adventures less than 30 minutes away. Quaint downtown Fredericksburg Texas real estate--restaurants, shops, and museums--are popular for many yearly tourists heading to the river.
Pedernales Falls State Park is the former Circle Bar Ranch, donated to the public in 1971. The 5,211-acre spread of oak-and-juniper woodlands and thicker forests of walnut, pecan, sycamore, elm, and hackberry provide lots of shade for summer picnics. Along the river, tall ash, buttonbush, and cypress are habitat for abundant wildlife.
Swimming, fishing, tubing, and other fun pastimes take place in the Pedernales River. River recreation takes place in a limited area. It begins at the Youth Group Camping area and extends down river to the park boundary. Flash flooding can occur within five minutes. Flooding is common at the river and in Hill Country during many seasons and visitors must therefore be attentive to weather conditions.
Besides river recreation, the Pedernales Falls State Park features 20 miles of well-marked trails for hiking and mountain biking, 10 miles of equestrian trails, and 14 miles of backpacking trails that wind through the hills and dales of the park. Some are nature and interpretive trails. Horse lovers must bring their own horses.
A covered bird viewing station with feeders and drip bath accommodates over a dozen people. It is wheelchair accessible. About 50 species of birds live in the park and another 100 visit. Throughout the year, there are herons, ravens, vultures, doves, quail, roadrunners, and wild turkeys. Rufous-crowned sparrow, western scrub jay, and the endangered golden-cheeked warbler join the mix.
Fishing is not great here but catfishing is good after a river rise. Other fish are bass, perch, and carp. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, coyotes, rabbits, armadillos, raccoons, skunks, and opossums.
The Texas Parks and Recreation Department maintains facilities for picnicking, camping and viewing birds. There are primitive walk-in campsites, tent campsites, and campsites with water and electricity, restrooms, showers, and dump station. Facilities also include a Park Store. Pedernales does not have equestrian camping facilities.
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