THIS CAN BE THE WAY YOU LIVE,
NOT THE PLACE YOU VISIT
Feel like a little fishing before work? Paddle boarding at 4pm on a Friday? You get to live the dream, because you live in the Texas Lakes & Hill Country. Your corner of the world is rich with some of the country’s most outstanding state parks, hiking, mountain biking, four-wheeling, rock climbing, cave exploring, backpacking and camping areas. Many of the most popular area activities center around the nearby lakes, rivers and swimming holes – including boating, waterskiing, fishing, canoeing, swimming, paddle boarding and tubing – it’s nearly endless!
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
6 state parks covering thousands of acres welcoming visitors with sparkling lakes, streams and miles of shoreline for a true outdoor playground.
- Avalon State Park
- Blanco State Park
- Garner State Park
- Inks Lake State Park
- Kerrville State Park
Twenty-one additional parks, lakes and preserve areas, including Johnson Park in Downtown Marble Falls (recently named a Lone Star Legacy Park), Lake Buchanan, Lake Travis, Lake Marble Falls and Lake LBJ.
PARKS & TREKS
Throughout the area’s plentiful parks and wildlife refuges, the landscape presents a panorama of tree species, rock formations and canyons. Beautiful geologic paintings within intriguing terrain are where winding roads attract
hikers and mountain bikers. Lush habitats run rich with white tail deer, doves, racoons, fox, squirrels, armadillo, turkey and many other species.
For thrill seekers, a number of local parks feature specialized tours for rock climbing, spelunking (underground caving), geocaching, and hunting expeditions. Ziplining at Lake Travis provides a higher level of excitement with Hill Country views that spans for miles.
Rich culture leads to great food— whether Tex-Mex, brats and kraut, or kolaches and coffee. It’s local, fresh and from the heart. Good eatin’ is alive and well in this part of the region, so if you’re craving a taste of nature, look to the many local fresh marketplaces or pick your own strawberries at Froberg’s Farm in Alvin on over 100 acres with a variety of goods.
LIVE & IN
In Hill Country, live music is coveted, plentiful and always at the front-and-center of any great gathering. While lively concerts at the Marble Falls Brass Hall are a must, you’ll also find live music virtually everywhere – legendary dance halls, coffee shops, even your favorite local roadhouse, pub, or grill. From big names to home-grown favorites unique to the region, there is no short age of brewhouse bands, solo artists and exceptional talents mixing up their own style of soul, Southern rock, jazz, and other genres for visitors far and wide.
There’s always a reason to celebrate our heritage. Great weather pairs perfect with festival season — let your hair down and join in the Southern-Style fun. Locals and visitors from across the globe gather to celebrate the
best in multicultural, culinary, and specialty events– from blues to bluebonnets, cocktails to coffee, fiddles to films, and countless musical and food-based festivals. The rich diversity of the area lends itself to a number
of gatherings such as classic cars and barbecue, and other cultures such as Latino, Chinese, Irish, and Alsatian. A number of these high-spirited local events have been widely showcased on The Food Network and The Travel
Don’t miss the Llano River Fiddle Fest, Chuck-Wagon Cook-Off, and annual Llano Crawfish Open. Dripping Springs is known for The Texas Night Sky Festival. The Texas State Flower is celebrated each year at the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival.