BLANCO COUNTY, Texas -- Nestled in Blanco County, the Pedernales Falls State Park is a wonderful place to visit.
"It's pretty. We just like the view. It's amazing," said Alondra Diaz. She and her family were visiting from Houston and it was their first time visiting the park.
Despite the drought the water is flowing and the trees look good.
Lynn Kuenstler is one of the park's police officers. Even with our hot and dry weather he said this is nothing compared to the summer of 2011.
"I can remember in 2011, the falls over there were completely dry for many months. There was no flow across it at all," he said.
Kuenstler thanked our recent rains for improving conditions this year.
“We've actually been mowing the grass out here. We have not had to mow as often in the past two years, as we have this year. Which to me, that's a positive thing," he said.
As the drought continues Kuenstler is encouraged by the number of people visiting the park.
"The attendance, by the numbers, we're up. This year we're up 9.7 percent over last year. And last year we had a tremendous year," Kuenstler said.
Pam Simmons was visiting the park for the first time from Sugar Land.
"It's really pretty for us even though the water's really low; it looks different but you can see all the rocks that way and the whole structure of it, which is really pretty,” she said.
Jennifer Landaverde and her family were visiting from San Antonio. She said the drought wouldn't deter them from coming here or enjoying the park.
"We love this park. It's great. I love going to see all the cascading water when it's running and the rocks and - it's just beautiful," Landaverdesaid.
Kuenstler said the falls will withstand the drought.
"Even in the driest of conditions, these areas right here will maintain water, which - that's what people are coming to see," he explained.
It's a great place to visit, right in our backyard.