Visiting Texas Hill Country
One of North America's top-rated inland family vacation spots covers 25 counties of America's second largest state. Spread over the central and southern half of TX, Hill Country vacation rentals are available in a variety of settings. Pick from popular San Antonio and Austin metropolitan areas or slowdown with the scenic southwestern region outside the city limits. Texas Hill Country rentals are available year-round for families and visitors to enjoy the Lone Star State's natural beauty and fun, family activities.
Visiting Texas Hill Country
All types of homes to rent by owner are scattered throughout the region, allowing families to explore Texas Hill Country vacation rentals near the activities and events scheduled during their Texas trip. Peak rental dates go fast; vacationers can save time and frustration by checking as early as possible for openings during the times they hope to visit.
The Texas Hill Country Region
The Edwards Plateau covers the eastern half of the Texas savanna. Thin layers of trees cover the area bordered by the Balcones Fault and Llano Uplift. The Balcones Fault is an active fault area that is the Eastern border of Texas Hill Country. Here visitors will find a variety of beautiful cliffs with dozens of limestone caves hiding just below the surface. The Balcones Canyonlands
National Wildlife Refuge is near the fault, located in a large canyon on Edwards Plateau facing Austin, TX The area is popular for birdwatchers and enthusiasts with 245 species of birds that nest in the remote location part of or all year.
The Enchanted Rock is one the major rock formations on the Llano Uplift. The rock, a pretty, pale pink, is a massive granite mound. The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
is open to visitors for hiking, rock climbing, watching, and enjoying nature.
Visitors can rent Texas Hill Country cabins on the plateau or near one of the winding rivers or cool, beautiful lakes in the 25-county region. The Pedernales River is one of two major tributaries of the Colorado River. The river drains into Lake Travis, where it then merges with the Colorado River 10-miles west of Austin. Lake Lyndon B. Johnson is a Colorado River Reservoir where the Llano and Colorado connect. Several other rivers begin in the area.
Sightseeing & Things to Do in Texas Hill Country
Indoor, outdoor, historical, cultural, amusement sites and activities are abundant in Hill Country. Fishing charters, river cruises, and guided kayaking tours are just the beginning of the water fun for families. There is spur plunking, cave exploring, nature walks, museums, and old steam engine rides too.
Regional Foods & Dining in Texas Hill Country
Throughout Texas, hot and spicy is king- and Hill Country is no different. In Texas, BBQ is extremely popular. Texas BBQ sauces in the more traditional restaurants are seasoned heavily with multiple types of peppers, cumin, chili or ancho powder, onions, and have very little tomato and sugar. The also often have a smoky flavor thanks to the meats that are dipped into them. Bottled barbeque sauces are not the same as those used in restaurants as the bottled variety doesn't usually include meat drippings.
Texas Hill Country Weather & Climate
Weather in the 25-county region can vary depending on location. Texas Hill Country cabins located in the higher terrains, can give visitors cooler temperatures in the winter months, as well as a slight break from the hot, dry summers in the evenings. Families with Hill Country rentals scheduled for the winter months will need warm clothes to stay comfortable. Temperatures often dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit from November until the end of January. May is the rainiest month for the Texas region.
When to Visit Texas Hill Country
Hill Country cabin rentals are available throughout the year. During the summer and during some of the most popular regional events, Hill Country rentals book quickly. Here is a list of some of the most popular events in the region.
- October - the Texas Mesquite Art Festival held in downtown Fredericksburg.
- November- the Wurstfest is an annual event in New Braunfels.
- February- the Livestrong Austin Marathon is the qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.