Things to Do

Treasure Hunting on Horseback – The Hill Country Way

By  | 

We hate spam too, we'll never share your email address

 

 

Explore on Horseback

Treasure Hunting on Horseback – The Hill Country Way

Photo: Marcy Stellfox

With 50 miles of trails on 2,000 acres, Parrie Haynes offers up many amenities to horse-minded folk. Check in at the office for registration, maps and trail recommendations. Bring your RV and hookup for a few days. Load up your dogs, horses and kids for a family vacation. Shaded overnight pens, warm up facilities, a mini obstacle course and wash rack make hanging out here a breeze with your equine partners.

Treasure Hunting on Horseback – The Hill Country Way

Photo: Marcy Stellfox

Don’t have an RV? Don’t worry. The Sunrise Cottage with kitchenette provides sleeping quarters for six. For a more rustic stay, the Bunkhouse or Cowboy Cabin (built in the 1930s for sleeping quarters for cattle working cowboys) share centrally located showers and bathrooms with primitive campsites. Nearly all camping sites have two or three pens at the site so your horses overnight right next to you. Big groups can meet up in the clubhouse with full commercial kitchen. Bring steaks and hot dogs and plan a cookout on gas grills as you relax on the large back patio. Overnight rates are so reasonable you’ll clean your glasses in disbelief.

“But… I Don’t Have a Horse.”

Treasure Hunting on Horseback – The Hill Country Way

Photo: Marcy Stellfox

No horse, no problem. Hikers and bicyclists are welcome too and can enjoy all the same facilities that the horse folk use. Check out the different species of plants and trees. Bring along some binoculars for a birding excursion. Grab a camping chair and a book and laze along the Lampasas River.

If treasure hunting calls out to you, don’t forget the metal detector. Over the years, Ona Trubee has collected quite an assortment of items found on the property. She will happily chat about the history of Parrie Haynes while showing off her collection of old ranch artifacts. From toy guns to the real McCoy, old time beer bottles and farming implements, the ranch property gurgles up the remnants of old sharecroppers’ cabins and barns of past lives lived on the ranch. See if you can find the remains of an old still on the property, or an antique car and or outlines of old sharecropper cabins.

Plan a little camping trip and soak in the great outdoors. Steeped in rich Hill Country history, you’ll love creating your own adventures at Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center. For more information, check out: Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center .

Page 2 of 2:12