outdoor activities hill country

The Great Outdoors

Bike, hike, river raft, kayak, canoe, tube, fish, horseback ride, bird-watch, swim, view fall foliage, camp–and you can even go bat caving!



Cave Without a Name
888-839-2283
325 Kreutzberg Road
Boerne

Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area
866-978-2287
Located 11 miles south of Fredericksburg, between Fredericksburg and Comfort. Bat flights out of old railroad tunnel.

Westcave Preserve
830-825-3442
24814 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs
Tours Saturday and Sunday 10-12-2-4
40 foot waterfall with cave, emerald green pool, cypress and lush ferns. 30 acre preserve of canyon, grassland, meadows and rare plants.

Longhorn Cavern State Park
877-441-2283
Park Road 4 off US 281, Burnet. Cavern stays a constant 68º, a very cool treat in the summertime!

Texas Sailing
101 Lakeway Drive
Austin 512-261-6193
www.texassailing.com
Crewed sailing and sailing rentals
Lake Austin

Lake Austin Riverboats
www.austinriverboats.com
512-345-5220

Blue Hole
Located in Wimberley, the Blue Hole is located off of Highway 3227 (Old Kyle Road)
Sunday-Thursday 10 am-6 pm
Friday-Saturday 10 am-8 pm
Admission: 3-12 $2.50; 13-29 $5.00; over 60 $2.50
www.friendsofbluehole.org

James River Bat Cave Preserve
325-347-5970
Located near Mason. One of the largest bat nurseries in the country with over four million bats.

Krause Springs
FM 404 Spicewood
830-693-4181
Wonderful swimming hole on a bluff overlooking Cypress Creek. Waterfalls, shade, picnic area, ferns and lovely, clean, cool water. Open from 9 to dusk in summer.

Hamilton Pool Nature Reserve
512-264-2740
Beautiful and popular natural swimming hole.
9-6 Daily

Reimers Ranch Park
512-854-7275
Pedernales River frontage. Rock climbing, mountain biking and white bass fishing.
Daily sunrise-sunset

Garner State Park
830-232-6132
Hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and golf.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Park
830-685-3636
Between Fredericksburg and Llano on State Highway 16
16710 Ranch Road 965
640 acres for camping, rock climbing, hiking and bird-watching. 425 foot granite dome.

Pedernales Falls State Park – just 20 minutes from us!
830-868-7304
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City
The beautiful Pederanles River runs through the park . Hiking, picnicking, river swimming, tubing, wading, mountain biking, bird watching and horseback riding. (BYOH) Scenic trails to view the falls, duck pond and excellent bird-watching blinds.
Swim in Arrowhead Pool where Bee Creek spills into stair stepped pools.

Inks Lake State Park
512-793-2223
3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet
Camping, hiking, swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving and fishing. Ranger guided Geology hikes and lakeshore ecology walks. Devil’s Waterhole Canoe Tour. Paddle boat , canoe and kayak rentals.

Guadalupe River State Park
830-438-2656
3350 Park Rd 31
Spring Branch
Park has 4 miles of river frontage. Canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, hiking, camping and picnicking. Popular bird-watching area.

Honey Creek State Natural Area
830-438-2656
Park Road 31
Spring Branch
Guided Tours only. Diverse flora and fauna of special interest with 2 miles of nature trails

Lost Maples State Natural Area
830-966-3413
37221 FM 187
Vanderpool
Backpacking, hiking, photography, bird and nature watching, fishing, and swimming. The park is an outstanding example of Edwards Plateau flora and fauna. It is a combination of steep, rugged limestone canyons; springs; plateau grasslands; wooded slopes; and clear streams. It features a large, isolated stand of uncommon Uvalde bigtooth maple, whose fall foliage can be spectacular. Generally, the foliage changes the last two weeks of October through the first two weeks of November. The park is extremely popular during the fall and is often crowded. Parking is limited to 250 cars, so for maximum enjoyment and serenity, we suggest visitors schedule trips during the weekdays, if possible.

Rare species of birds, such as the green kingfisher, can be seen year-round. The endangered black-capped vireo and Golden-cheeked warbler nest and feed in the park in spring and early summer. Wild animals include gray fox, white-tailed deer, armadillo, raccoon, bobcat, rock squirrel and javelina.

LBJ State Park & Historic Site
830-644-2252
Stonewall Texas US Highway
Picnic, nature studies and walking trail; fishing and swimming. View longhorn, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and bison grazing. Visitor center with LBJ presidency memorabilia and an 1870’s cabin with furnishings typical of the period. Also a living history museum of rural life in the early 1900’s. Self guided tours of LBJ’s Ranch with one-room school, family cemetery and resting place of the former president. Drive by the Texas White House.

Wildlife and Bird Viewing


Block Creek Natural area
830-995-2147
400 acres near Comfort

Petersen Ranch
830-833-0958
800 acres near Blanco

Stowers Ranch
830-238-4346
11,251 acres near Hunt

Red Creek Nature Ranch
325-475-2901
100 acres near Junction

Annadale Ranch
830-988-2201
10,000 acres near Concan and Garner State Park

Los Madrones
512-264-1741
19299 Hamilton Pool Road
400 acres near Dripping Springs

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
830-438-7400
400 acres near New Braunfels. Savannah with exotic and native wildlife.

Enchanted Springs Ranch
800-640-5917
Boerne
Old West town movie set and tourist attraction with some animals-exotic and longhorns. Self guided tour.

Vanishing River Cruise
800-474-8374
Canyon of the Eagles
Burnet
Two hour scenic wildlife viewing cruise. Some dinner cruises available.

Horseback Riding
www.guadaluperiverranch.com
near Boerne

Helpful Sites

www.lcra.org/community for information about area lakes and recreation
www.tpwd.state.tx.us for more information on each State Park
www.texasbluebonnet.com for purchasing bluebonnets
www.texaswildflowerpictures.com/update.htm for information on where to fine wildflower scenic drives

For information on food, travel, art and music:

www.gotexas.about.com
www.lakesandhills.com
www.texasescapes.com
www.texashighways.com
www.texasoutside.com
www.wildtexas.com
www.austin360.com
www.batcon.org