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5 Hidden Adventures in the Hill Country

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The Hill Country is full of picturesque landscapes, beautiful little towns full of charm, and hidden adventures waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. You will find gems among what is known as the “Heart of Texas.” Below we uncover true hidden gems, unlike any others. Stop for an hour or two or spend the day to take in the surrounding beauty each place has to offer to add to your road trip of memories you can revisit time and again.

1. Alamo Springs Cafe

Alamo Springs Cafe

Photo: Facebook/Alamo Springs Cafe

Looking for a quiet place to stop and grab a bite away from the hustle and bustle? Alamo Springs Cafe is “Inconveniently located in the middle of nowhere” between Fredericksburg and Comfort. They serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Touted as having the “best burgers in Texas,” according to their Facebook page. It’s a hidden gem of an eatery right along the beautiful paths of the Hill Country located at 107 Alamo Rd., Fredericksburg, Texas.

2. Floating the Medina River


Photo: Facebook/The Medina River Company

The Medina River is a hidden gem of a river located in Bandera, Texas. Spend hours of peace and solitude tubing or kayaking down the river without the crowds found at other more popular rivers in the Hill Country. They offer the full luxury of shuttle services up to the river to various locations depending on how long you plan to take in its surrounding beauty floating on the river. When you’re done, they pick you up and bring you back. They have an ice and water machine as well as the best BBQ around to buy on site. The Medina River Company is located at 1114 Main St., Bandera, Texas.

3. Marburger Orchard

Marburger Orchard

Photo: Marburger Orchard

A sweet escape among the beautiful town of Fredericksburg is Marburger Orchard, where the fruit can’t get any sweeter and the vegetables any fresher. Exceptional crops of fresh strawberries, and blackberries, along with their primary crop of juicy peaches. Make it a memorable day picking your favorites fresh off the trees. It’s a Hill Country tradition for over 38 years. Peak season and prices vary, so, make sure to visit their website for hours of operation, and fruit and vegetables available each day at Marburger Orchard is located at 559 Kuhlmann Rd., Fredericksburg, Texas.

4. Gorman Falls


Photo: Flickr/Randall Chancellor

Located in the beautiful surroundings of Colorado Bend State Park is a truly Hill Country gem of a trail, the Gorman Falls Trail. Take in a guided tour leading you up to the 70-foot spring-fed waterfall, Gorman Falls, as you stand in awe of its beauty. Be prepared for a two-hour, .75-mile round trip hike, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

A treasure of a hike leading you through its wilderness of wonder among the trees and dangling moss and straight into the rushing waters spilling from its cliff as you stand and take in the beauty of it all.

5. The Fredericksburg Herb Farm


Photo: Facebook/Fredericksburg Herb Farm

Take a turn off the beaten path of the Hill Country into a cozy getaway among the freshest herbs and garden of the Fredericksburg Herb Farm. Stay at their old-fashioned cottages, reminiscent of simpler times, and wake to the beautiful aroma of fresh rosemary, thyme, and other scents along the perfectly maintained gardens. A 5,000 square foot hidden oasis complete with a spa, fine dining, and gift shop to take home souvenirs of this one-of-kind home away from home. Visit Fredericksburg Herb Farm at 405 Whitney, Fredericksburg, Texas.