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Visit Menard This Fall for a Spectacular Treat

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There’s no better time of the year than right now to visit Menard, Texas. Fall is in the air, and this little town in the Lone Star State has some of the best pumpkin picking farms and fall pumpkin patches around. Take the whole family to pick out the perfect pumpkin to make into this year’s jack-o-lantern.

And, this part of the Texas Hill Country is known for having some of the most amazing scenic views. Crisp, juicy apples are just right for the picking in the Menard orchards. You can pick your own right off the tree or buy them already put into baskets.

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Menard, Texas is a city located on the banks of the San Saba River. This means there is some of the best fishing around. The river is full of catfish, panfish, and bass just begging for a baited hook to be thrown down. Look into The Whispering Water Ranch and Resort and Pascall Shuttle Trip beside the San Saba River Adventures. They help tourists find all the good places to fish.

There’s also an abundance of wildlife in the area and it’s the best season to hunt for quail, turkey, dove, and deer. There are over 400,000 acres available to hunters. Hunters are encouraged to visit Schwartz Exotic Game Ranch, Hat Creek Cabins, Predator 1 Outdoors, Umbrella Ranch, and Whispering Water Ranch and Resort for helpful hints and any other information you may need.

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Menard is known for having some of the best areas for bird watchers. There is a bounty of colorful birds to see and watch.  There is also an enormous population of bats to view. Watching them leave their day spot headed out into the evening is absolutely amazing.  They fill the skies in the most unique formations. Don’t forget to pack those binoculars.

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There are some extraordinary annual events to the area are the Silver Mine Classic Lamb Show (October) and the Jim Bowie Trail Ride (September).

For all you history buffs out there, you’ll really enjoy investigating the ruins of the 1757 Presidio de San Luis de Las Amarillas and the 1852 Fort McKavett. Take some extra time to visit the Menardville Museum. Every history enthusiast will also  enjoy touring the beautiful historical sights such as The 1905 Christian Church, the 1927 Old Mission Theatre, the 1899 Old Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and last but not least, the 1880s Australian Hotel.  There are quite a few very interesting historical markets around town.

Don’t leave town without doing the Ditch Walk. A decorative water wheel marks the beginning of the walking of “The Ditch”. It has been in continuous use for irrigation for over 100 years right through town. In 1986 as part of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration, the local residents decided to create the “Ditch Walk” which runs right through town. There’s a sidewalk to walk along side of this irrigation ditch or a lovely park bench if you prefer to sit and enjoy people watching water flowing along with the beautiful sights and sounds of this great Texas town. Now, don’t forget about the 1930s Vintage Gas Station.

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This is a fine time of the year to go horseback riding.  It’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold. There are several riding stables for you to choose from. Saddle up.

Now, y’all get to planning and packing for your trip, and have a grand old time! See you there.