Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Texas Hill Country - What is it?

You may have heard the term "Texas Hill Country" before but not really understood what it means. It is technically a 25 County region in central Texas featuring tall, rugged hills with granite or limestone. It includes the second largest granite dome in the United States, Llano Uplift.

The area reaches into portions of the two major metropolitan cities of San Antonio and Austin. The following are the counties within the boundaries of the Texas Hill Country

  • Bandera
  • Bell
  • Blanco
  • Burnet
  • Comal
  • Coryell
  • Crockett
  • Edwards
  • Gillespie
  • Hays
  • Kendall
  • Kerr
  • Kimble
  • Lampasas
  • Llano
  • Mason
  • McCullouch
  • Menard
  • Real
  • San Saba
  • Schleicher
  • Sutton
  • Travis
  • Val Verde
  • Williamson

Texas Hill Country also has a font association with architecture, music, and the food culture. It's quite different from normal text and culture that influences the southern end of Texas. This area is also known as the center of the Texas Wine industry and there are three American viticultural areas located in Hill country including Fredericksburg and Bell Mountain.

It's home to several historical and national treasures such as the Alamo, haunted houses, nature trails, preserves, and the beautiful Hamilton pool, a natural oasis preserve located about 30 miles west of Austin. This natural preserve focuses on habitat protection and restoration. The beautiful 45-foot waterfall creating a gorgeous swimming hole is a great day hike but you do need reservations.

From backcountry roads to fantastic barbecue at the Cooper's Old Time Pit to the stunning views along old farm roads, Texas Hill Country is a beautiful place to not only visit but the call home. If you are visiting or maybe you've just moved here and are exploring our region seven the most amazing things to check out include kayaking down the Medina River as it winds its way on down to Bandera. Perhaps you can smell the lavender even before you reach Blanco, an hours drive outside of Austin. May through July, the lavender blossoms.the hillside as Blanco is known as the lavender capital of Texas. Speaking of scents, when the peaches are in full bloom in August and September, the smell of the ripening fruit wafts over the hills and then the smell of rosemary, thyme, and other herbs catch your attention at the Fredericksburg herb farm. Texas Bluebonnets bloom around mid-March through April and are just one of the many native varieties of plants, flowers, and trees throughout the Texas Hill Country.

After you've taken in the Flora, check out the minerals and rocks of the Texas Hill Country. Topaz, the state gem of Texas is found in Mason County, just an hours drive from Fredericksburg. You can literally find these gorgeous stones lying throughout the ground in granite outcroppings, creek beds, and ditches. Residents are free to hunt these beautiful stones at Lindsay Ranch.

Speaking of ranches, Texas Hill Country has some of the most spacious, authentic and vivacious ranches and farmlands in the country. In Gillespie County, residents can choose an 8-acre equestrian ranch in Tierra Linda complete with your own Airpark, outbuildings, stables and beautiful ranch homes. Whether it's gated or just welcomes you with a large fence post entrance, the ranches in the Texas Hill Country are unlike anything in the nation.

Whether you are planning your vacation to the Texas Hill Country or planning a move, the Hill country is unlike anything this country has to offer.

Thank you to Tommy Taylor with TexasforSale.net - Visit the website for more on Tierra Linda Ranch and the Texas Hill Country.

Image adapted By Billy Hathorn at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17686486

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