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Blanco county, Johnson City to Pedernales Falls SP section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV(V+)     17 miles
  The Johnson City to Pedernales Falls SP stretch of Pedernales River is 17 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV(V+) section. If you're coming from Austin-Round Rock it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nature scenery of Blanco County and
    the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up
quick. The Johnson City to Pedernales Falls SP stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff  
too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Pedernales Falls State Park is both good and picturesque, and it's near Pedernales River; if you're here, you might as well stop by Brock Hollow. When you're here at Pedernales River it's always fun to stop at Blanco State Park, and you'll most likely meet some folks from Johnson City here. This is such a great river. There is a magnificent hiking trail in the neighborhood of Pedernales River called the Wolf Mountain Trail.

Pedernales River, Johnson City to Pedernales Falls SP road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Pedernales River.
 Whitewater Near Pedernales River:
Pedernales River, Blanco County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Johnson City to Pedernales Falls SP)
Pedernales River, Blanco Hays County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 14 miles long (Pedernales Falls SP to Hammett's Cross)
Blanco River, Blanco Hays County, 13 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 35 miles long (Blanco to Wimberly)
Little Blanco River, Blanco Comal Hays County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (FM 32 to Blanco River)
Pedernales River, Blanco County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 16 miles long (Hye to Johnson City)
Sandy Creek, Llano County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 4 miles long (Llano CR 310 to SH 71)
Cow Creek, Burnet Travis County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (FM 1174 to FM 1431)
Blanco River, Hays County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Wimberley to Kyle)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rio Raft, Comal County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Colorado River, Burnet County, 27 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Lake Buchanan Dam to SH 29)
 Marinas Near Pedernales River:
Riverbend Marina & Storage, Horseshoe Bay , 13 miles away
LBJ Yacht Club & Marina, Horseshoe Bay , 14 miles away
Mount View Lodge and Marina, Spicewood , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Pedernales River:
Best Western Johnson City Inn, Johnson City , 5 miles away
Chantilly Lace Country Inn, Johnson City , 6 miles away
Best Western Plus Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites, Blanco , 13 miles away
Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay , 14 miles away
Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pedernales River:
Miller Creek RV Park, Johnson City, 4 miles away
Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, 4 miles away
Pedernales Hills Resort, Johnson City, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Pedernales River:
Pedernales Falls State Park Equestrian Trails, Blanco , 5 miles away
Wolf Mountain Trail, Blanco , 5 miles away
Falls Trail, Blanco , 6 miles away
Fou Mile Loop, Blanco , 7 miles away
Hamilton Pool Park Trail, Travis , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pedernales River:
Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas , 7 miles away
Blanco State Park, Texas , 14 miles away
Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pedernales River:
Blue Lake Golf Club, Marble Falls , 14 miles away
Ram Rock Golf Course, Horseshoe Bay , 15 miles away
Austin Golf Club, Spicewood , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Pedernales River
Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Burnet , 14 miles away
Lake Marble Falls, Burnet , 15 miles away

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