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Hill Country. . . the heart of the Lone Star State. Although many
people are surprised there are hills in Texas, it has been a favorite
spot and often well-kept secret of Texans since the pioneer days.
Tree-shaded rivers wind beneath limestone bluffs, water rushes over the
rocks to form small waterfalls, lakes with lake vistas are around every
corner, and woodland wildlife such as deer and endangered songbirds
blend in the environment. There is no question why the Texas Hill
Country is listed in the Most Scenic Drives in America by Reader's Digest.
The Texas Hill Country offers activities and interests for everyone. If you enjoy water sports, there is water, water everywhere.
If you like to fish, use watercrafts, swim, waterski, camp on or near a
river or lake, wakeboard, or even scuba dive, it is all available.
There are over 10 state parks with locations along the lakes or rivers.
The region is in the eastern portion of the Edwards Plateau with the boundaries of the Balcones Fault on the east and the Llano uplift to the west and north. The hills consist primarily of limestone and the terrain is often punctuated by a large number of limestone boulders and cliffs. There are several caves in the area.
The Colorado River and several of its tributaries, including the Llano and Pedernales Rivers, cross the region west to east.
Historically, the area has been influenced by Spanish and Central Europeans (German, Swiss, Austrian, and Czech), which has flavored the area's food, beer, architecture, and music. Especially noticeable are the German towns of New Braunsfel and Fredricksburg.
Recently, much attention has been given to the Texas Hill Country Wineries. The area is considered the second wine destination in the nation, with award-winning wines being produced. Wine tasting is available at all of the wineries, and you will often have the experience of enjoying artists, musicians, crafters, and chefs as well.
The Texas Hill Country offers unparalleled diversity from beautiful wildflowers in the spring, lake fishing at its best, hiking trails, tubing down a river, to enjoying a picnic. The weather is mild much of the time which allows for a long season for exploring the Texas Hill Country.
HILL COUNTRY LOCATION and FACTS -- The region begins in west Austin and stretches to Crockett County in west Texas. However, some of the most scenic parts are within a few miles of Austin.
OUT & ABOUT IN TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
777 Exotic Game Ranch -- An historic 15,000-acre ranch that offers sportsmen around the world access to the best in year-round hunting, fishing, and wildlife photography. Wild game has been introduced from around the world.
Aquarena Center -- See bubbling springs and the Natural Aquarium of Texas where artifacts as old as 12,000 years have been recovered.
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge -- A refuge for preserving the nesting habitat of the migratory endangered gold-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.
Black Rock Park -- Public facility on Lake Buchanan with camping, swimming, fishing, and boating.
Blanco State Park -- A park in scenic Blanco River Valley with camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and more.
Buchanan Dam Visitor Center -- Spectacular view of Buchanan Lake, the largest of the Highland Lakes.
Canyon of the Eagles -- A nature park with sandy beaches, hiking trails, the Eagle Eye Observatory, and more.
Cibolo Nature Center -- Protected land with walking trails, streams, and quiet groves of trees.
Colorado Bend State Park -- Primitive camping, hiking trails, fishing, and more along the Colorado River.
Devil's Backbone -- R.M. 32, a scenic drive where you see the "Devil's Backbone."
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area -- A huge dome of solid granite well-known in Indian legends. A site to see and climb!
Exotic Resort Zoo -- A close encounter with animals from around the world.
Fall Creek Vineyards -- A winery on the northwest shore of Lake Buchanan.
Granite Mountain -- A large dome of pink and red granite.
Guadalupe River State Park -- A beautiful park surrounding cypress-lined Guadalupe River. Fishing, swimming, hiking, tent and RV camping, and more.
Hamilton Pool Preserve -- A well-known grotto-like swimming hole in Austin.
Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery -- Visit a fish hatchery that stocks lakes all over the country.
Inks Lake State Park -- A park on Inks Lake that offers camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking, and golfing.
Inner Space Cavern -- Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in an easy accessible cavern.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center -- A beautiful display of native gardens, landscaped areas, and themed gardens.
Longhorn Cavern State Park -- A cave with historic events, including an outlaw hideout.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park-- Along the banks of the Pedernales River, the park shows the historic times of President L.B. Johnson and Ladybird.
Mount Bonnell -- A natural limestone formation rising above Lake Austin, offering breathtaking views.
Packsaddle Mountain -- An interesting land formation of 600-million-year-old sandstone.
Parks -- Austin has 206 parks with more than 16,682 acres of land.
Pedernales Falls State Park -- A beautiful waterfalls in a rustic and scenic landscape. Picnicking, hiking, camping, fishing, etc. available.
South Llano River State Park -- A park near South Llano River with abundant wildlife.
Vanishing Texas River Cruise -- Take a cruise on Lake Buchanan.
-- A 220-acre preserve home to the endangered gold-cheeked warbler and
black-capped vireo. Hiking rails. It is also home to many rare and
Wonder World -- An earth-quaked formed cave.
LINKS & IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Visit the Hill Country's Visitor's website for information on the towns, golf, shopping, hotels, etc.
Hill Country towns
A guide to Texas Outside
A Park Directory
Hike & Bike Trails
Texas Hill Country Wineries
Texas National Forests
Texas Recreation Areas
Texas Wildlife Refuges
National Parks, Preserves, Seashores and Wild/Scenic Rivers in Texas
Parks in Leander and Williamson County
Texas State Parks
Handbook of Texas Online: Hill Country
Hill Country Conservancy
Hill Country History, Travel, and Traditions in Texas
Hill Country Lavender
Hill Country Outdoor Guide
Texas Highland Lakes
Texas Hill Country Life Online
Hill Country Scene
Jacqueline Wittmuss, Broker
5611 Hwy 290 West
Austin, TX 78735
The information herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. However, no investigation has been made to determine the accuracy of such information. No person or entity should rely on the accuracy of this material without conducting a thorough, independent investigation of same. JW Properties has no liability expressed or implied relating to this information.