Falling for the Pedernales. Launch yourself into your nearest swimming hole. A return to the Guadalupe River.

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Swing into Summer: July 2018 Texas Highways Magazine Cover

Tonkawa Springs in Garrison. Photo: Kenny Braun

There’s something about a river that evokes feelings of nostalgia. Perhaps it’s the tie to something ancient—the current that ripples over our feet carries the same water that sustained native tribes and beckoned early settlers to its shore. Maybe it’s that rivers remind us of the carefree way we played outdoors as children, before responsibilities and schedules stole the freedom and sense of wonder that marked our summer days.

A family explores at Pedernales Falls State Park

Falling for the Pedernales

The Pedernales River runs through a section of the Hill Country steeped in history and full of fun family diversions, from a science museum to an olive farm.

Photo: Tom McCarthy Jr.

A child jumps through the air into the water at Camp Tonkawa Springs

Swing into Summer

Dog days of summer have you at the end of your rope? Launch yourself into your nearest swimming hole.

Photo: Kenny Braun

A paddler stands in the Guadalupe River preparing to depart in a canoe

A Return to the River

Inspired by John Graves’ 1960 book Goodbye to a River, a writer takes a three-day paddling trip on the Guadalupe, the river of her childhood.

Photo: Kenny Braun

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