10 Tips for Traveling in the Texas Hill Country

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10 Tips for Traveling in the Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is the heart of the Lone Star State. From small towns and two-lane roads to bustling cities and tourist attractions, it has a little bit of everything. Travelers will find some unexpected gems and encounter the area’s unique heritage when they venture out of the big cities. Nature lovers can explore the spring-fed rivers, old cypress trees, limestone cliffs and lakes surrounded by wooded canyons. History buffs and antique lovers will love the old German towns and pioneer farms.

Anytime is a great time to visit the Hill Country. In the spring, you can see vast fields of wild bluebonnets blooming along the highways. The summer means jumping in swimming holes and paddling the winding rivers. In the fall, you can take a walk in Lost Maples State Natural Area and see the foliage.

Here’s a list of things you must do next time you’re in the Hill Country.

1. Take a Drive

10 Tips for Traveling in the Texas Hill Country

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The Hill Country offers an array of scenic drives dotted with small towns. Depending on what you want to see and do, you can take a number of rural roads like Farm Road 1323, which heads west toward Johnson City. You’ll see expansive vistas, fields of wildflowers, and rolling hills. For a more dramatic view, take Farm Road 337 west of San Antonio. It will take you past larger hills and steep rock ledges.

If you need a break, you can always stop at one of the quaint, rustic towns for a bite to eat or a cold drink.

2. Go for a Hike

10 Tips for Traveling in the Texas Hill Country

Nature lovers will find an almost unlimited network of beautiful trails throughout the Hill Country. The numerous state parks in the area have trails ranging from easy paved roads to rocky trails over rough terrain. All of the trails offer scenic hikes with everything from lake views to breathtaking hillside vistas. You might even catch a glimpse of some native wildlife.

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