The Texas Hill Country - It's Like a Whole Other State!
The Texas Hill Country can no longer be considered one of the nations' biggest "hidden" secrets. This spectacular area welcomes over five million visitors a year. Still, only a small percentage of people are lucky enough to discover such a beautiful countryside within a genuine "down to earth" community. The picturesque landscapes are more than enough to make even the most seasoned Hollywood photographers jealous! All travelers, both seasoned and beginners, leave with a once in a lifetime experience that can only be found in the Hill Country of Texas.
Made up of a vibrant community of over 38 cities/areas, the Texas Hill Country offers a variety of beautiful rugged hills and romantic sunsets. The mild winters and warm summers make it a viable year round vacation destination for everyone.
What Makes the Hill Country So Spectacular?
The New York Times Travel section says the Hill Country is "Texas at its finest — is like nowhere else in the world". Here's the entire article: 36 Hours in Texas Hill Country.
The Texas Hill Country may not be this world’s most spectacularly scenic place– after all, famous local landmarks like Packsaddle Mountain and Enchanted Rock rise only a few hundred feet above the canyons and streams that punctuate the valleys around them. But the rocky terrain has a rugged beauty all its own, and among the beautiful hills are scattered some amazing natural treasures. We who are privileged to live in this very special corner of God’s creation consider it “the best part of the best state in the greatest nation on earth!”
The people who settled here have contributed greatly to the region’s charm. Pioneers from Mexico, Germany, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Old South all added their unique flavor to the Hill Country culture. Frontier outposts built mostly with native cedar and limestone form charming, historic “downtowns” in the small county seats that dot the Hill Country, and visitors are generally greeted by a friendly "Howdy, y'all" wherever their explorations take them. The contagious friendliness adds to the wonder of the region (Some residents are descendants of Hill Country pioneers; others are newcomers, attracted by the neighborly atmosphere, who contribute their own enthusiasm to their unique new home).
Some of the Hill Country’s most spectacular natural marvels are almost hidden to the casual observer: in addition to several fascinating subterranean tours (Longhorn Caverns, Inner Space, Natural Bridge, Cave Without a Name and others), there are some breathtaking sights like Westcave Preserve, Gorman Falls, Lost Maples, (and many others) which were inaccessible to the general public for generations, protected by the rugged hills around them. Open to the public now, each of these offers a startling glimpse of nature’s magic.
All four seasons offers their own attractions. In springtime, the Hill Country is blanketed with a profusion of beautiful wildflowers, and in summertime the beautiful (and cool) lakes, rivers and swimming holes offer a variety of watersports. In the autumn, Hill Country weather is at its best, usually warm enough for swimming and often cool enough for the most strenuous activity (think Friday night football games). The mild winters attract thousands of “Winter Texans” from up north, and there are very few days too cold for hiking, fishing, hunting, trail riding or golf.
Some activities provide year-round pleasure. Winery or museum tours, antiquing, or general shopping are excellent ways to enjoy the Hill Country any time; abundant wildlife provides exciting opportunities for birding and nature photography. And while BBQ may be the most famous Hill Country cuisine, there are excellent restaurants offering meals for a variety of tastes all around the Hill Country. Fredericksburg peaches and Medina apples are two examples of the mouth-watering produce grown in the area.
When night falls, these Texas hills (to coin a phrase) come alive with the sound of music. Many quality homegrown bands compete with transplanted musicians from around the country and touring stars wanting their piece of the action. While much of the music is country and western dance music, there is a remarkable variety of live music on almost any Hill Country weekend.
There are several amusement parks and water parks in the bigger towns along the eastern border of the Hill Country. Adventurous visitors can go zip lining, sky-diving, hot-air ballooning or whatever else their imagination dictates. But for many visitors, it’s the history, the charm, the comfortable atmosphere and the friendly people that make the Texas Hill Country so special. If you're still looking for your next travel destination, then look no further than the Texas Hill Country. But just a quick warning: "Once you visit, you may not want to leave!”
You'll Want to Visit All the Great Hill Country Cities/Areas
Hill Country | Bandera | Blanco | Boerne | Buchanan Dam | Burnet | Canyon Lake | Castell | Concan | Fredericksburg | Frio River/Canyon | Gruene | Guadalupe River | Highland Lakes | Horseshoe Bay | Hunt | Ingram | Inks Lake | Junction | Kerrville | Kingsland | Lake Buchanan | Lake LBJ | Lake Medina | Lake Travis | Lakeway | Leakey | Llano | Lost Maples Area | Marble Falls | Mason | New Braunfels | San Marcos | Spicewood | Utopia | Vanderpool | Wimberley