The Texas Hill Country is…

Perhaps Texas’s most famous landscape. Covered in rolling hills covered with trees and rocky terrain, the Texas Hill Country draws in countless visitors from other parts of the state. Then there is the springtime explosion of wildflowers, a mix of rich colors that cover the hills – most notable are the bluebonnets with their purple hue.

Austin sits at the eastern edge of this well-known region. And since Austin is a tourist destination in its own right, it makes sense many visitors to the Texas Hill Country make their way to Austin for a few days after roaming through the hills and small towns.

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So if you have some friends coming to the Texas Hill Country — or maybe you’re planning a journey yourself — take plenty of time to enjoy the area. Get lost on some country roads and visit some of these Texas Hill Country hot-spots before ending your Austin road trip.

The Frio River

As anyone who took a few weeks of Spanish classes can tell you, frio is the Spanish word for cold. An apt name for a river with an average temperature of about 68 degrees. Most Austinites enjoy the coolness of the Frio given the Texas heat especially during the summer months.

Garner State Park sits just a half-hour drive north of Uvalde. The main attraction is the river where you can swim, canoe and fish. You can hike 11 miles of trail, study nature, picnic and play miniature golf. With several camping areas throughout the park, you may want to throw your tent in the trunk before heading on your Texas Hill Country road trip.

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Outside the park, vacation rental cabins dot the riverbanks and offer options for those who want to both enjoy the park and also have a home-like environment nearby.

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