Why the Visit the Texas Hill Country?
Personal finance data shows that 59% of families are now planning driving trips rather than boarding an airplane. Come see us, enjoy the hill country life.
With all the wonderful family entertainment Texas has to offer, make your road trip home to the hill country. Texas is a desirable vacation state, but most aren’t thinking about the hidden gem that is the Texas Hill Country. There are several reasons that you need to consider a trip to the place we call home, the Texas Hill Country.
The charming towns of the Texas Hill Country aren’t so unique simply by location or landscape, it’s an atmosphere. While meandering along the highways and byways through the rolling hills and along river bends, trees (oak and cypress mainly) peacefully shading you from the warm Texas sunshine, you can sense a calm so thick it’s like floating through the ether of a dream.
Clear Water Rivers
It is a blessing that in reality, such places do exist. It’s not just in the countryside, with its hiking and bicycling opportunities, or the tubing and boating experiences in the clear cooling waterways. It’s finding a table on the sun-drenched deck of your favorite little restaurant in a small Texas Hill Country town, toasting a craft beer or a Texas wine, and it’s dancing the night away with your loved one on a sawdust floor, to a tune set in three-quarter time.
If you’re looking for some lighthearted, fun-loving small towns of the Texas Hill Country, here is a short list to consider visiting sometime soon:
The Hill Country offers stunning views and a wealth of different trails featuring different scenery.
This unique town gives you the real Texas feel that you crave. With new lodging, bar, grills, and authentic events, set your sites on this amazing town. There is plenty to do from shopping, fishing, kayaking, tubing, swimming and eating great meals.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Hamilton Pool Preserve is a very popular site in Dripping Springs. Following a short hike, the trail opens up into a stunning oasis surrounded by overhung ferns and an auditory dream in nature. It’s never too crowded, and the shade of the cliffs and the cool, fresh water make hot summer days tolerable. But make sure to reserve a spot – it fills up fast! The Hamilton Pool Preserve is located outside of Austin, Texas. Due to erosion that happened thousands of years ago, the dome of an underground river collapsed, creating this natural jade green pool. A beautiful 50-foot-waterfall flows through it, attracting tourists from all over the country. Be sure to book a reservation before heading to the preserve.
Tour the LBJ Ranch and see the 36th president’s childhood home at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Hike or bike trails that lead to the twin waterfalls at Pedernales Falls State Park. Taste wines, dine at a brewery with live music and settle in for some pampering at Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa. Let the kids get their hands on the innovative, technology-based exhibits and games at the Science Mill.
Tower the magical pink granite dome at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Make your way along Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 and visit 17 award-winning wineries. Learn the history behind WWII in the Pacific at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Shop for chic boutique finds and dine in the bistro at Vaudeville. Explore a working lavender wildflower farm, complete with a wine tasting room and beer garden, at Wildseed Farms.
Round Top is another shopaholic’s dream. Henkel Square Market is where stores and eateries are housed in buildings dating back to the mid-1800s. Don’t miss Bybee Square, with galleries and boutiques nestled in historic homes. Find vintage treasures at The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, held in spring and fall.
Check out the charming locally-owned shops and restaurants along the Hill Country Mile in the heart of historic Boerne. Try a pint of beer brewed on site at The Dodging Duck Brewhaus or choose from 80+ craft beers and ciders on tap at Random. See underground wonders on a guided cave tour through Cascade Caverns. What a grand time you will have at Home – Cibolo Center for Conservation
Take a stroll through downtown Courthouse Square, where beautifully preserved Victorian-era buildings are homes to shops and restaurants. Spend a day on the water at Lake Georgetown, a 1200-acre lake offering boating, skiing, fishing, hiking and a wildlife preserve. Explore caves dotted with stalactites and awe-inspiring rock formations at Inner Space Cavern.
Blue Hole Lagoon
8. Blue Hole is a beautiful scenic lagoon on the South San Gabriel River. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is located at Second Street and Rock Street, one block west of N. Austin Avenue. This scenic park lined by limestone bluffs is a good wading spot to cool down a little bit in the summer! parks.georgetown.org/blue-hole.
Reel in a catfish or go paddling on picturesque Lake Marble Falls. Jump on a dirt bike or ATV and tackle the trails at Hidden Falls Adventure Park. Indulge in a slice of homemade pie from the quaint Blue Bonnet Cafe, which has been open since 1929.
Did you know Texas even has its own mountains, with the Chisos Mountain range in Big Bend National Park?
The majority of counties in the 17-county region lie over the Edwards Plateau — a lime stone outcrop that is the southernmost extension of Texas’ Great Plains. The Plateau is marked
by a line of southward and eastward facing hills which descend steadily through the Hill Country.
The region represents the very remote rural countryside of Central Texas, home to growing suburban neighborhoods, affluent retirement communities, as well as vacation rental home properties.
Many of the hills rise to a height of 400–500 feet (120–150 m) above the surrounding plains and valleys, with Packsaddle Mountain rising to a height of 800 feet (240 m) above the Llano River in Kingsland.
Starting at elevations over 2,400 feet in parts of Edwards, Kerr and Menard Counties, the Edwards Plateau drops down to 800 feet or less at its eastern borders, which end abruptly at a geologic fault known as the Balcones Escarpment. Combined with the many rivers and aquifers in the region, this unique Texas topography is yet another draw to tourists and residents.
Bound on the east by the Balcones Escarpment, (The Balcones Fault is in one of the lowest-risk zones for earthquakes in the United States), the Hill Country reaches into the far northern portions of San Antonio and the western portions of Austin. As a result of springs discharging water stored in the Edwards Aquifer, several cities such as Austin, San Marcos, and New Braunfels were settled at the base of the Balcones Escarpment.
The region’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the United StatesHILL COUNTRY ALLIANCE ORGANIZATION
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