The Hill Country Sights

The Hill Country encompasses the region west and southwest of Austin and north of San Antonio. The distance between these two gateway cities is 60 mi. Interstate 35 marks the eastern border, while San Antonio's State Loop 1604 notes the southern limit. The northern border is ambiguous, but generally includes everything south of Lake Buchanan and along Highway 29. The western border is also open

to interpretation, but is best followed along U.S. 83 from Junction to Uvalde.

Along the many winding roads of these boundaries are the fabled music towns of Luckenbach and Gruene, the tourist draws of Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, and Boerne, and a few best-kept secrets sprinkled in between: Comfort, Mason, and Wimberley, to name a few.

Fredericksburg is the number-one tourist draw, so we start our coverage there. It's also easily accessed from both Austin and San Antonio.

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Cascade Caverns

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Take a half-mile tour past awe-inspiring limestone formations, deep caverns, stalactites, and stalagmites; you may even catch a glimpse...

Cave Without a Name

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That's not a typo; the cave officially has no name—or rather, not having a name is part of its name. The story goes that in 1939, the...

Cibolo Nature Center

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Nature lovers will enjoy strolling the trails through this 100-acre park set aside for the conservation of natural grasslands, marshlands,...

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

  • Geological Site

Protruding from the earth in the form of a large pink dome, Enchanted Rock looks like something from another planet. This granite formation...

Frontier Times Museum

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The collection here is truly eclectic. Hand-built in 1933 by Hough LeStourgeon from stones gathered from the region, this popular tourist...

Guadalupe River State Park

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This park gives some of the best public access to the shady cypress tree–lined Guadalupe River, a great spot for kayaking, swimming,...

HCAF Theatre

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A full lineup of plays is produced from the HCAF Theatre in both indoor and outdoor venues. ...

Hill Country State Natural Area

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With more than 5,300 acres of rolling hills, spring-fed creeks, and thick patches of live oaks, this natural park is a slice of backcountry...

Longhorn Caverns

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Formed over thousands of years from water cutting and dissolving limestone bedrock, Longhorn Caverns are a fantastic exhibit of Texas...

Lost Maples State Park

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Once you get to Medina, you're slowly slipping farther from civilization and into the Western frontier. But if you can get comfortable...