This region offers historic and quaint experiences, adventurous excursions, and extraordinary cities. It is nestled in (and named after) the rolling hills of Central Texas. The Texas Hill Country, which was settled by Germans and Eastern Europeans, has its own culture. The Texas Hill Country is defined by the small towns and two-lane roads that radiate westward from Austin. Here, you’ll find Texas’ unexpected gems: rivers that wind through bald cypress groves, shimmering lakes cupped in limestone canyons.
There are picturesque farms and ranches dotted throughout the countryside, and you can still hear older people speaking German in Fredericksburg, Boerne, and New Braunfels. There’s also some of the best barbecue in Texas, antique shops on old-fashioned main streets, and Old World celebrations like Wurstfest sausage festival and Weihnachten Christmas festival.
Unlike portions of Texas that are plain and opaque, the Texas Hill Country is vibrant with color — green grass, multi-colored wildflowers so vivid and dense that you want to squint, red rocks, barns and buildings with peeling paint — and topography such as lakes and streams, rolling hills, caves, and vineyards. Don’t forget about the wildlife. Much of the area is photogenic, so grab your camera and head out on the back roads to explore Texas Hill Country.
The Texas Hill Country region is located on the Edwards Plateau, a grasslands with limestone bedrock that has slowly eroded over millions of years, resulting in beautiful rolling hills and grasslands. The Balcones Fault runs through the Edwards Plateau to the south and east, the Llano Uplift and Llano Estacado to the north, and the Pecos River and Chihuahuan Desert to the west. The Hill Country is Texas’ fourth largest region, covering 31,000 square miles and receiving 15–34 inches of rain per year on average.