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Hill Country

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Hill Country

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The Hill Country is a region of the state of Texas in the United States of America. It has some of the most interesting history of the state. The cities here date to Spanish and Mexican days, with many beautiful Spanish missions dotting the area. The terrain is hilly and dry, cut by spring-fed rivers, with the beautiful Texas live oak providing occasional shade.



  • Austin, capital of the state with plenty of things to keep a traveler interested. Gateway into the Hill Country.
  • San Antonio, southern gateway into the Hill Country with a ton of historic and tourist attractions.
  • Fredericksburg, about 1.5 hours west of Austin and 1 hour north of San Antonio.
  • Stonewall, about 15 miles East of Fredericksburg on Highway 290.
  • San Marcos, about half an hour south of Austin.
  • New Braunfels, about one and a half hours south of Austin.
  • Kerrville, the Heart of the Hills. One hour northwest of San Antonio on Interstate 10.
  • Bandera, self-proclaimed "cowboy capital" on Hwy 16.
  • Luckenbach, very small town known for legend in music.
  • Burnet, Nestled at the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about 50 miles northwest of Austin, in the Highland Lakes.

Other destinations

  • Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, +1 512 321-2101, [2]. Has camping (dormitories and shelters are available by reservation), a swimming pool, golf, fishing, and bike trails. Full shower and restroom facilities are on site.
  • Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026 , Johnson City, +1 830 868-7304, [3]. Offers picnicking, camping, hiking, swimming, tubing, fishing, and bird watching.
  • Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX, +1 830 796-4413, [4]. A rugged park that offers wilderness, hiking, biking, and horseback riding, camping, swimming, and fishing. It is a primitive park with no amenities provided - no drinking water or restroom facilities.
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, +1 325 247-3903, [5]. A huge park on Big Sandy creek near Enchanted Rock. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, birdwatching, stargazing, rock climbing, and geography research. Restroom and shower facilities are available for a fee.
  • Garner State Park, 234 Ranch Road 1050, Concan, +1 830 232-6132, [6]. In the heart of the Texas Hill Country north of Uvalde; offers camping, river activities, picnicking, hiking. In the high season (summer), a concessionaire serves meals and offers groceries, rentals, dancing, and miniature golf.


The Texas Hill Country is an area around Edwards Aquifer that demonstrates karst topography and a wide range of wildlife. It was originally settled by Mexican and German immigrants, and a visitor will note the distinct influence of both cultures in the local life. Most cities and towns are small, there are many parks and open areas, and an endless list of local experiences.

Get in

The easiest access to the area from a distance is through Austin's Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) [7] or through San Antonio's "San Antonio International Airport". The most practical means of travel from the airport is by car. Travel by road from other major cities in Texas is also easy. From Houston, take US290 north to Austin (3 hours) or IH-10 west to San Antonio (3 hours). From Dallas, take IH-35 south to Austin (3and 1/2 hours).

Get around

Public transportation is not available between most destinations. Bus and airport service is similarly sparse. The tourist's best option is to bring their own car or rent one at the airport. The many small scenic highways in this area also make motorcycling and bicycle riding very popular.



Visit Schlitterbahn, a water park in New Braunfels.

See an Austin Toros basketball game or a Texas Stars hockey gme in the Cedar Park Center.



  • German headcheese, produced in South Texas, is nothing like the standard American kind - it contains chunks of meat rather than fat and offal. It's available at supermarkets only in the Hill Country and surrounding areas.


Tito's brand Vodka. Locally produced in Austin. Tours are offered as well as a free sample.


  • Rainbow Courts, 915 E. Cameron Ave. Rockdale, Texas 76567, 512-446-2361 (), [1]. Rainbow Courts, located in Central Texas, offers a quiet haven of comfort with a touch of lodging sophistication. Located between Austin, College Station and Round Rock. Relax in one of the 25 suites, guestrooms or bed and breakfast cottage.

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