Hidden Falls Adventure Park – Off Road Adventures

Byron Miller
- Last Updated: June 22, 2019

Hidden Falls Adventure Park is an off-road park in Central Texas for vehicles of all types, makes and capabilities that offer miles of varying terrains & difficulties zig-zagging across 2100 acres.

Hidden Falls Adventure Park

Check-in

When You arrive you pass the buildings at the gate and drive up a few hundred feet to the check-in station on your right. You will need to park, grab your license plate number and bring 25.00 to register as a driver and sign a quick waiver. Hidden falls accept credit cards and cash.

Before arrival, be sure to fuel up. There is no fuel service in the immediate vicinity.

Once paid up and checked in the super friendly staff will get you a park map and a quick brief on any trail changes & updates. Hang your park pass on your rearview mirror, and you’re good to go. Please head all advice, stick on main trails and obey all speed limits. Tread lightly and don’t go blazing your trails!

Before we headed off to the trails, our entire group dropped our tire pressure down to ~20-25psi.  The lower tire pressure seems to smooth out the washboard ride and give you excellent traction. A tire deflation device is a time saver (see the gear guide below).

Park Map

Hidden Falls adventure park map

The park map is detailed enough for most to get around and the star rating is pretty spot on for trail difficulties. My advice is if you don’t know or don’t have a group to ride with, ask the friendly people at check-in what they recommend and stick to it.

Exploring Hidden Falls

Being my first time out, I appreciated that I drove with a group aware of the park. I was honestly blissfully unaware of any direction or where we were, and this was great since I was just getting used to my new Jeep and able to have fun and follow around with experienced drivers. If it is your first time out as well, I can’t recommend it enough to have an experienced driver lead the way – it can be easy to get lost as trail markers can be down/hidden/easy to miss if they’ve recently re-groomed.

Novice Trails

I can only speak to the novice trails for this particular trip. My jeep is bone stock JKU and did fantastically. We started following the “fire road” type road to the north-east and warmed up driving up and down a few of these vertical climbs along with some dry creek beds and waterfalls.

On the map, the novice trails would be 1-3 diamond trails. Please note that three diamond trails may not be difficult but may require a nonstock vehicle such as larger tires, lift or protective body armor and skid plates.

Here I am stretching out my legs and leaning over.

Time-lapse with some cheesy music as I experiment with GoPro Quik

New to Offroading?  Check out our off road driving tips and our essential safety items for off-roading. If you have any tips or essentials for off-roading leave a comment below or let us know in the forums!

Difficult Trails

I was honestly laughing at how crazy some of 4-5 diamond trails are and while I didn’t do any of difficult trails I did have fun watching others attempt them. The five-diamond difficulty trails an appropriately geared vehicle and a spotter to help you navigate your line.

Videos of some friends attempting a section my stock jeep would never have made it up there but was fun to watch a Rubicon and Toyota give it a run. BTW, you can spend all day off-roading in a stock Jeep and have a blast!

A friend jumps over the ledge in his Rubicon with 35″ tires and 2.5″ lift. Fun little horn honk at the end 🙂

Amenities

Hidden Falls provides clean restrooms, camping, parking areas for those who trailer in bikes/vehicles and compressed air to re-fill tires. Recently they have had foot trucks available in parking area B which is nice for grabbing a bite to eat.

Camping is available on primitive, improved, RV and Cabin sites. Primitive Sites are available upon registration, and you can reserve RV, improved sites or Cabins online.

Hidden Fallas adventure park camping registration

Hours of Operation

Hidden falls is open Thursday from 9 to 5, Friday from 9 to 9, Saturday from 8 to 7 and Sunday from 8 to 3 for nonmembers.  Members who pay annual passes can have unlimited access to the park with a park passkey.

What to bring?

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Full tank of gas (gas stations are a few miles away)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tire deflation gauge
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Spare tire (don’t leave it at home!)
  • Camera
  • Tow strap or winch

I can’t speak to water enough. In the summer and hotter days, it’s blistering out there on the dry, dusty sandstone trails. If you do come before/after/during rain, the sandstone does turn into a mushy play-dough consistency that builds up in your wheel wells so choose your days wisely and be prepared!

Be careful with camera gear on the trails – it gets severely dusty/muddy depending on the weather and while your out on the trails your number one focus should be on having fun and focusing on the trail. Get good shots and have fun with the GoPro but be safe! (and don’t let technical difficulties with gear ruin your day!)

Weather

Hidden Falls Adventure park can get extremely dusty, dry and hot during the summer months. Be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and show up early in the AM to avoid the worst of the heat.

After rainstorms, the park is extremely muddy and it’s a hard mud to wash off your vehicle – almost like concrete. Plan accordingly!

Hidden Falls Adventure Park Weather

Bring a friend

It’s always best to not wheel alone.  Bring a friend at the minimum even as a passenger who can help spot & navigate the map and share the experience of the park. I would always recommend going with a group of people. You never know if a breakdown, failure or anything will leave you stranded and its best to have help and be prepared.

Need people to go with? Austin Jeep People facebook group is a great group to find out when group rides are heading up there or to ask around if anyone is interested in tagging along.

Gearing up

If you choose to do some of the more technical climbs/challenges my recommendation would be to ensure you have rock sliders at a minimum. These “nerf bars” will save your side panels and undercarriage from the inevitable bumps and bruises as you cross rocks/channels/washouts.

If you’re looking to make 3-star trails and above adding control arm and differential armor is my next recommendation. The sandstone and dirt can be slippery on traction, and when you do get traction, your jeep loves to travel in a lateral movement and if your luck is just like our luck when your line fails you usually land on your control arms or differential.  These are very economical armor options to add and from experience shared by fellow Jeep owners a sound investment.

The more advanced 4 and 5-star tails I would recommend a 2.5″ lift and 35″ tires or higher – not because it looks incredible but because you need the clearance. Several people in our group also used their locking differentials when attempting these more difficult trails.

We did bust out the tow strap when one of our vehicles got stuck on a tree stump, so don’t leave that at home!

FAQs

Question: What is hidden falls adventure park?

Answer:  Hidden Falls Adventure Park is a UHV/Offroad park, Campsite, and Gun Range all located on about 2,000 acres of property near Marble Falls Texas.

Question: How big is Hidden Falls Adventure Park?

Answer: Sprawled across 2,100 acres there are miles of trails on Hidden Falls Adventure park for motorcycles, ATVs and off road vehicles to explore. Sections of the park are allocated for motorcycles, ATVs and full-size vehicles. Routes and roads change due to weather and conditions.

Question: Do all passengers in a vehicle need to pay to enter?

There is a fee for everyone in the vehicle to enter Hidden Falls Adventure Park.

Question: Is there a military discount at Hidden Falls Adventure Park?

Answer: There is a 20% Discount

Question: Do I need a lifted Jeep or larger tires at Hidden Falls?

Answer: No, You can use a stock vehicle on many of the trails. If you wish to accomplish the more advanced trails you will need a lifted, modified vehicle.

Wrap Up

I enjoyed my Saturday morning/afternoon at the park. Got to play around on some trails of varying difficulty, watched some friends do some challenges my stock Jeep just wouldn’t do and finished up the day with a fantastic lunch and pie over at Blue Bonnet Café in Marble Falls.  As if the day couldn’t get any better we were invited out for some time boating on Lake Travis. What an awesome weekend it was.

Hidden Falls Adventure park was a great time. If you’re looking for Jeep trails in Texas this massive 2100 acre adventure park gives you plenty of terrain and difficulties to explore and have fun.

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