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Day Trippin’ Texas Hill Country Style
Written by Celebrate Austin / Image by John R. Rogers
D espite a reputation for being a flat wasteland, the beautiful and rugged landscape of Texas couldn’t be farther from the truth. Texas boasts mountains to the west and, closer to home in Austin, the breathtaking Texas Hill Country. The Texas Hill Country starts in West Austin and portions of San Antonio, and includes twenty-five counties to the west and south. The terrain is known for dramatic cuts, cliffs, mesas and boulders in limestone and gorgeous cuts of granite.
Dripping Springs, a gorgeous area of the Texas Hill Country, is home to Hamilton Pool, one of the best swimming holes in Texas, famous for its cavernous limestone mouth and a waterfall that you can swim beneath. This lush retreat is a great place to be during the hot Texas summer.
In spring, the countryside is just bursting with Bluebonnets, purple Winecups, yellow Primrose and the vivid Texas Paintbrush. If you get a chance and love a good drive, take the one-hour legendary Devil’s Backbone loop, which offers outstanding views of the four-hundred mile Balcones Fault. The magnificent views will leave your mouth agape and the route will take you past some of the most historic and beautiful cities in the region. So get in the car and take a day trip, Texas Hill Country style. You won’t regret it.