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7 Perfect Places for a Hill Country Picnic

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In today’s fast-paced, fast-forward, fast-food world, sometimes a simple picnic surrounded by the beauty of nature is nothing short of a necessity. The Texas Hill Country offers countless opportunities to pack a basket (or a cooler), grab a blanket, and get outside to enjoy the unique beauty that this region has to offer. Read on to discover a few of the many perfect picnic places that abound in the unique and beautiful area known as the Texas Hill Country.

1. Buchanan Dam/Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan

Photo: Facebook/Buchanan Inks Chamber

Buchanan Dam stretches two miles across the southern shore of Lake Buchanan, 18 miles from Llano, TX. This area is natural Hill Country at its best – uncrowded, clean, and gorgeous. Fishing and water sports abound at Lake Buchanan, the largest of the Texas Highland Lakes. The surrounding parks and beaches offer numerous picnicking possibilities. Immediately behind the Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber Visitor Center, is a large deck with picnic tables, and a terrific view of the dam. Llano County Park, on the west side of Lake Buchanan, also offers beautiful water views, as well as picnic areas for daytime use. For more information on this area, visit

2. Cibolo Nature Center and Farm



Few communities take natural conservation as seriously as Boerne. With a rich community history, and continued local involvement, Cibolo Nature Center and Farm is a shining example of a Hill Country nature preserve. Much more than just a park, the Cibolo offers educational workshops and activities, and features a visitor center, gift shop, and auditorium. Picnic places abound along the park’s walking trails, and shady back porches — all free for use. Pack a lunch, put on some sunscreen and enjoy a meal under the Cypress trees, as Cibolo Creek as flows lazily by. To find out more about Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, visit

3. Crescent Bend Nature Park

crescent bend
Photo by: Crystal Faldalen

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