Texas Hill Country

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.

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The hills of this central Texas region that stretch from the Austin to San Antonio, with lots of charming towns along the way, is known for its wineries, whiskey distilleries,…

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Attractions Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country Attractions

Things to do in Texas Hill Country For centuries, visitors have been drawn to the Texas Hill Country by its scenic beauty and abundance of natural resources. Today, the region…

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.

Outdoor Attractions

Don’t be shocked, but the Hill Country is rather hilly, from lush rolling green hills to dramatic, craggy landscapes populated by cacti and scrub trees. Lakes abound and spring-fed rivers flow through bluff-filled greenbelts—a natural for swimming, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Several spectacular caves reside here, as well. Like Cascade Caverns, boasting glistening drops of water on the Diamond Ceiling, a nine-story-high underground waterfall and rare wildlife, too. Another fun feature is the brilliant color of Texas wildflowers, which make for a great family photo opportunity.

Hill Country wineries

Although five million visitors visit the 30-plus Hill Country wineries a year, it’s still a surprise to some that wineries abound here. Grape vines were cultivated in Texas as far back as the 1600s, making this one of the oldest and most prolific wine-growing states. Of course, a heavy influence of German and cowboy culture in the area, like Fredericksburg and Johnson City, means you can also count on a variety of excellent beers and oh-so-festive beer gardens – if that’s more your style.

Fun & Games

While you’re here, seek out many unique attractions like Schlitterbahn Water Park on the spring-fed Comal River. Of course, this area is loaded with great music venues…from the thriving music scene of Austin to the classic dance halls of towns like Gruene, where you can honky-tonk yourself silly. There’s also plenty of world-class shopping, outlet malls and charming antiques to be discovered in towns like Dripping Springs and Wimberley, plus endless opportunities to enjoy Hill Country cuisine.