Waterfalls aren't common in Texas, but that doesn't mean this surprisingly gorgeous state doesn't have any at all. With summer on its way, knowing the top spots to go to cool off is a must. Perdenales Falls State Park needs to be on your list of places to go, and sooner rather than later! Located just 30 miles west of Austin is a gorgeous state park full of beautiful waterfalls, geocaching opportunities, and plenty of places to swim.
Once you've arrived and parked, you can follow a number of trails, all of which lead you straight to the refreshing, amazing water! It's a pretty short walk but if you'd like, you can hike around the park as long as your heart desires. Once you've made it to the water and you're ready to cool off, you can jump straight into the river. Where the river leads is by far the best part of the trip.
The Perdenales River will lead you to where it begins cascading over limestone rock, creating some of the most beautiful waterfalls you've ever seen. You can climb right up on top of it and dip your toes in, which is rare for waterfalls! Your pets and friends will love it and you'll have no doubt the trip was worthwhile. Make sure you have your bathing suit with you because the water is way too tempting not to get into.
While you can enter the main waterfalls that flow over the gorgeous river, some more hidden falls through the trails are off limits for visitors to keep them pristine and clean.
Perdenales Falls State Park has more than enough to do while you're there. You can bike, canoe, kayak, and even ride your horse! It's apparently pretty common to see one or two horses while you're there, so have your cameras ready. You only have to pay for a $6 pass for the car you've come in, so pack as many people in there as you can. Their HQ is on the way in, you can't miss it.
To buy a pass to the Perdenales Falls State Park in advance, find out what to bring before your trip, and updates on whether changes, you can visit their page on the Texas Parks & Wildlife website here.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.