Things to Do

The Great Vanderpool Escape

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Occasionally, everyone needs to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you happen to be one of those people, then head on over to Vanderpool, Texas for a weekend.

Vanderpool is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature at its finest. Only 82  cheerful residents live there, and of course that one old biddy, but never mind her. Those 82 insist that you know about the five (although there’s plenty more) best things to do in this beautiful spot of the Texas Hill Country.

1. The Gorgeous Scenic Drives

Driving the Hill Country by Leena Robinson

Photo: Leena Robinson

It’s  no mystery that The Texas Hill Country has the best views in all of the Lone Star State, and Vanderpool is certainly no exception to that. Scenic drives are the best way to take in these rolling hills, crystal clear lakes, fields of wildflowers, old oak trees, valleys, beautiful wildlife and rugged terrain. It has been named one of the best places for motorcycles riders.

Vanderpool has the greatest views of Sabinal Canyon. The FM 337 is rated right at the top of the list when it comes to the most stunning views in the entire state of Texas. The elevation changes ranges are 1,800 to 2,200 foot. It’s a small unincorporated community just 10 miles North of Utopia and 30 miles west of Bandera.

2. The Lone Star Motorcycle Museum

Lone Star Motorcycle Museum

Photo: www.ntnoa.org

Vanderpool is also home to The Lone Star Motorcycle Museum. Theses unique motorcycles date anywhere from the year 1910 to today. It houses over 50 classic motorcycles and motorbikes. Put this historical museum on your to-do list. It’s open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekdays by appointment. Whether  you’re a biker or not, you’ll enjoy going through  this most interesting. This building is packed with a lot of history and information for everyone. Call (830) 966-6103 for details.

3. Excellent Opportunities for Birdwatching

Green Kingfisher by Nancy Bell

Photo: Nancy Bell

This particular area is notorious for bird watching. Texas is the only state in America where you can actually see up close and personal a short tailed, long billed Green Kingfisher. This colorful bird has chosen the Texas Hill Country and all the way down to Central and South Argentina to call home. Birders from all over the world come here just for a look at this rare species, not to mention all of the other gorgeous birds which have chosen Vanderpool for their home.

The skies are filled with brightly colored birds, and it’s an absolutely spectacular air show they put on for the visitors.  The many sounds coming from all the different species has been proven to be a stress reliever for many people. It is a very calming and unique experience. There are several tours to choose from plus you can also hire your own personal guide to show you around.

4. Lost Maples State Park

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Photo: Texas Parks & Wildlife

The famous Lost Maples State Park is located in this area. It’s one of those places where you can get away from the world and still be in Texas. Folks call it the “The Swiss Alps of Texas” or the “Texas Yosemite”. It is a 2,174 acre park with lakes, streams, rivers, and; valleys. There’s picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, and backpacking. Pitch a tent, bring your campers, R.V.’s or just  come for the day. There’s something for everyone.

There are friendly park staff available all through this beautiful place nestled in between the “Big Tooth” Maple trees. Lost Maples State Park is probably best known for the outstanding and magnificent colors of the fall foliage; however any season is lovely here. Lost Maples Winery is located nearby ready to give you a tour. Call (830) 966 5131 for more information.

5. The Magnificent Hiking

Hiking in Lost Maples

Photo: Texas Parks & Wildlife

This wonderful part of the Texas Hill Country is a hiker’s paradise. The air is crisp and clean. Grab your backpack and go. The view from the top of the many cliffs are absolutely breathing taking. Up and down hills, slopes, gullies, canyons and creek beds, there’s an abundance of lovely nature waiting to be explored. Don’t forget your camera! There are many touring guides available and they’ll be able show you the ropes, so to speak.

So come one, come all, leave all your woes behind. It is a family friendly place to reconnect with nature.