Day Trip From Helotes – Pedernales Falls State Park

Day Trip From Helotes – Pedernales Falls State Park

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This is upper Pedernales Falls from the observation area.

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A little closer view.

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Swimming/wading area below the falls.

Pedernales Falls State Park is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year.  It is a great place to cool off in the summer.  The falls are actually a series of small waterfalls, pools and chutes on the Pedernales River.  Park officials do not want people in the water at the falls, but below the falls is a swimming area.

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A serene pool above the falls.

The water can be swift in places so watch the small children if you take them.  Anyone falling into one of the chutes at the bottom of the falls would be in serious trouble as the water flows very quickly through them.

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One of the fast-moving chutes below the falls.

I took one of my brothers and two nieces to Pedernales Falls State Park in 2008 and took these photos.  There was not much water as we were in the middle of a significant drought, but readers will get an idea of what the place looks like.

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Blue-green water and a cave.

By the way check the weather before you go.  When we get flash floods the river can go from very calm to a 20 foot wall of water in no time at all.

To get to Pedernales Falls take 281 north from San Antonio.  Not far past Blanco you will take a right on Hwy 290.  Just before Henly take FM 3232 north.  That will get you to the park.  Pedernales Falls is about 90 minutes north of downtown San Antonio.

By the way, if you are interested in Helotes homes or homes near Helotes, please give me a call at 210-589-1038.


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