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Touring San Saba is a Texas Hill Country Road Trip Waiting to Happen

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If you’re looking to have one of the best trips of your life, take a tour of San Saba, a Texas Hill Country town. Located on the San Saba River, at the convergence of highways 16 and 190, the town is known as the “Pecan Capital of the World.” San Saba has two stop lights to its (approximately) 3,100 residents, which gives a visitor the chance to catch a glimpse of the way things used to be.

Featuring a Historic Downtown consisting of five blocks, a business contingent of 23 stores, beautiful park space that entails 200 acres, and two wonderful wineries (all listed on the Visit San Saba, Texas website), there are also plenty of places that locals will recommend in this friendly locale, many of which are just a quick jaunt out of the way.

Whether you’re a history buff, a fan of the great outdoors, a shopper, or someone simply looking for a great Texas Hill Country road trip, you’ll find what you’re looking for in San Saba. For example, Harry’s Boots is located in the heart of town at the intersection of Highway 190 and Highway 16. Founded in 1939, Harry’s Boots occupies two floors-worth of five buildings. Not only do they have a great selection of western boots and clothing, but they also have something called the “weather wall” on which is recorded every significant weather-related event in the area, dating back to the 1920s!

Touring San Saba is a Texas Hill Country Road Trip Waiting to Happen
Photo: Facebook/San Saba, Texas “The Pecan Capital of The World”

Upon the damming of the lake by E. Guy Risien in 1875 in order to provide irrigation for his garden (and later, for homes of his neighbors and city courthouse water troughs), Mill Pond Park was established. In present-day times, the three-acre park boasts a number of nature trails as well as a spring-fed lake with a water wheel and amazingly gorgeous waterfall. In the summer, there’s a sandy beach area for locals and visitors alike, complete with stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals. Post-Thanksgiving, the Mill Pond Park is blanketed in millions of lights for San Saba’s annual Christmas Extravaganza.

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