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5 Things to Explore in Jonestown

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Jonestown, Texas is known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country” for good reason. Twenty miles Northwest of Austin, this town of just over 2,000 people ushers you in with its large oak trees and plenty of nearby water life at Lake Travis. Here are just some of the things Jonestown has to offer.

1. Chimney Swifts

chimney swift

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These intrepid members of the Jonestown community delight all with their flying acrobatics at dusk as they travel back to their cistern home. They also help keep the bug population down by eating large amounts and varieties of flying insects.

2. Lago Vista Air Power Museum

Lago Vista Air Lago, Texas, WWII

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Housed in a hanger at the Rusty Allen Airport this aviation museum has a wonderful collection of historic airplanes and war memorabilia spanning all the way from WWI to Desert Storm.

3. Lago Vista Players

theatre, Texas, Jonestown

Photo: Flickr/David Phillips

“A taste of Broadway in the Texas Hill Country.”

4. Veterans Memorial Park

WWII, Veterans Memorial, going home

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The heart of this oak tree filled park is a bronze statue of a young soldier entitled “Going Home.” The park is located off FM 1431 and features wonderful picnic areas and grassy knolls.

5. Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Jonestown Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia

Photo: fws.gov

“This rugged terrain has spared old Ashe juniper and oak woodlands from logging and shelters some of the best golden-cheeked warbler habitat. The Brazos tributaries to the north cut only shallow canyons. Here, the refuge foothills ease into savannahs where the open country supports oak shinneries (head-high thickets) vital to the black-capped vireo” (fws.gov).

Be sure to add Jonestown to your next journey through the Hill Country. It is just waiting to welcome you.