Hill Country

Texas Hill Country

The Hill Country is characterized by rivers, parks, hiking and biking trails and, of course, rolling hills. Located in the heart of the state, this area includes outdoor activities, wineries, shopping and a wide variety of restaurants. Visitors to Hill Country can immerse themselves in the rich history of the area through the many heritage sites and cultural venues, including theatres that offer live performances and other entertainment.

Cultural events from Oktoberfest Fredericksburg to the Kerrville Folk Festival provide variety enough for everyone. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo and Fort Lancaster State Historic Site in Ozona are just two of the more than a dozen sites honoring the area’s early western history. The pace of life in the Hill Country is considered laid back and easy going, perfect for a family vacation or a romantic getaway.

Map of Texas Hill Country Points

Things to See & Do in the Texas Hill Country

Central Texas Hill Country

Lake Buchanan Lighthouse

The Lake Buchanan Lighthouse is a privately owned lighthouse that is near Buchanan Dam. It can be seen as you drive along at the south end of Lake Buchanan on Hwy 29. Photo Jeffrey Spencer

Central Texas Hill Country

Piano Bridge near Dubina

This fine old iron bridge was built in 1885 by the King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Called the “Piano Bridge,” some say the name was derived from the twanging sound made while...

Central Texas Hill Country


Brenham, the county seat of Washington County, is on U.S. Highway 290 seventy-two miles northwest of Houston. The Hickory Grove community changed its name in 1843 to Brenham in honor of Republic of...

Central Texas Hill Country

McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park located in South Austin is a 726-acre park acquired in 1970 from private donation and was opened to the public in 1976. The park is named for Thomas F. McKinney, who came to...

Hill Country

Lake Pflugerville

Lake Pflugerville is a reservoir in Pflugerville, Texas in the United States. Construction of the 180-acre reservoir began in 2005 and was completed in 2006. Pumps are used to flow water through a 16...

Central Texas Hill Country


Bellville was initially settled by Thomas and James Bell who immigrated from Florida in 1822, as some of Stephen F. Austin's earliest settlers. They donated over 145 acres to Austin County. Bellville...

Central Texas Hill Country

Lady Bird Lake in Austin

Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) is a reservoir on the Colorado River in Downtown Austin. It was created in 1960 by the construction of Longhorn Dam and is owned and operated by the City of Austin...