State officials close to deal to expand Pedernales Falls State Park


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Pedernales Falls State Park among the most popular in the park system.

Officials long worried the cliffs opposite park could see large-scale development.

A deal meant to protect the views in a popular Hill Country state park appears to be near completion, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials and a landowner said Thursday.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will buy, at no more than half the market rate, 200 acres of private property on a bluff opposite Pedernales Falls State Park; landowner Mike Maples also will voluntarily mark a further 70 acres as off-limits to development.

In total, roughly 3,200 feet of riverfront will be preserved, according to parks officials.

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