People have carved and scraped their names onto rocks at Pedernales Falls State Park. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

Look at these photos. This is how people treat our state parks.

Without much rain lately, flow rates have dropped on the Pedernales River. Some of the channels cut by the river at Pedernales Falls State Park are dry, or nearly dry. That means hikers can climb down into the twisting passages – and while they’re there, some of them deface the landscape.

Some of the graffiti is in paint; some is scraped onto the rock or the scum on the surface. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

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These photos show a spot spot at the main falls, where entire walls of limestone are covered with names, dates and messages. Some of the graffiti is made with paint or marker. Some is etched into the rock. Some is scratched into algae and scum on the surface.

All of it is ugly.

Come on people. Mind your manners.

Water levels are low at Pedernales Falls State Park. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

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Our parks are special places, where people go to get in touch with nature. We don’t care about your romantic relationships, the date you visited the park, or your handwriting skills.

Please appreciate the natural beauty of the place, and leave it for the next person to enjoy.

Pedernales Falls State Park is located near Johnson City. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

The park is located at 2585 Park Road 6026, near Johnson City. For more information, go here.