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Jonestown is the Gateway to the Texas Hill Country

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Once a sleepy little lake town nestled on the Sandy Creek Arm of Lake Travis, Jonestown, Texas, the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, has been steadily waking up and becoming a destination all its own.

Here are 5 reasons why you should make it one of yours!

1. Jones Brothers Park

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Photo: Barbara Shallue

At the end of Park Drive you’ll find a fabulous 32-acre park on the Sandy Creek Arm of Lake Travis, featuring three boat ramps, covered picnic pavilions, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and fields just made for lakeside festivals.

Rent a kayak on the weekend or explore more of Jonestown via the Canyon Hiking Trail any day. It winds from Jones Brothers Park to Fireman’s Park, at the corner of Crestview and North Park.

2. Chimney Swifts

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Photo: Barbara Shallue

For decades, a historic cistern in the middle of Jonestown has been a second home for hundreds of chimney swifts. Arriving in mid-March and staying through the end of September, the birds consume mass quantities of insects all day before converging and swooping into the cistern for the night. The town appreciates their insect-eradication efforts so much, they partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge every year for Swift Fest to draw attention and respect for chimney swifts.

This year the festival will be held on Saturday, August 27th from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Fireman’s Park with nature-themed vendors, fun activities for all ages, live music, and more, including a swift-counting contest.

3. Jonestown Cajun Festival

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Photo: Barbara Shallue

It may seem strange to hold a Cajun festival in the Texas Hill Country, but Jonestown does it anyway. The Jonestown Cajun Festival is another family friendly festival held each spring in Jones Brothers Park. There’s a gumbo and etoufee cook-off, live music, crawfish eating contest, crawfish races, vendors, and much more.

4. Good food and live music

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Photo: Aegean, by Barbara Shallue

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