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Nathali’s guidebook for Wimberley and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.

Nathali

Nathali’s guidebook for Wimberley and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.

Hiking and swimming
Wimberley's Blue Hole has been ranked among the best swimming holes in the state of Texas and even the nation. It is the centerpiece of Blue Hole Regional Park that encompasses 126 acres with natural grasses, delicate wildflowers, towering cypress trees, and massive limestone slabs. The swimming hole is wildly popular, and reservations are required. However, the park remains open for walkers who want to enjoy the park's serenity or enjoy a picnic. The entire park is open to visitors within the regular operating hours; however, swimming is only allowed during the designated swimming season. The park includes picnic areas, a community pavilion, playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court, amphitheater, the Blue Hole Swimming Area, and 4-1/2 miles of hiking and biking trails.
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Blue Hole Regional Park
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Wimberley's Blue Hole has been ranked among the best swimming holes in the state of Texas and even the nation. It is the centerpiece of Blue Hole Regional Park that encompasses 126 acres with natural grasses, delicate wildflowers, towering cypress trees, and massive limestone slabs. The swimming hole is wildly popular, and reservations are required. However, the park remains open for walkers who want to enjoy the park's serenity or enjoy a picnic. The entire park is open to visitors within the regular operating hours; however, swimming is only allowed during the designated swimming season. The park includes picnic areas, a community pavilion, playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court, amphitheater, the Blue Hole Swimming Area, and 4-1/2 miles of hiking and biking trails.
If you are up for a little exercise, head on out to Mount Baldy and climb the 218 steps to the top. Once at the top of the 218 rock steps, you rewarded with a 360-degree view of the Wimberley valley.
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Old Baldy
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If you are up for a little exercise, head on out to Mount Baldy and climb the 218 steps to the top. Once at the top of the 218 rock steps, you rewarded with a 360-degree view of the Wimberley valley.
The trail encompasses 7.24 acres of land along Cypress Creek into a protected preserve and nature trail. The park is located immediately east of the Wimberley Square, bordered by Cypress Creek and Old Kyle Road. It features a walking path along Cypress Creek that connects to Blue Hole Regional Park.
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Cypress Creek Nature Preserve
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The trail encompasses 7.24 acres of land along Cypress Creek into a protected preserve and nature trail. The park is located immediately east of the Wimberley Square, bordered by Cypress Creek and Old Kyle Road. It features a walking path along Cypress Creek that connects to Blue Hole Regional Park.
The Jacob's Well Natural Area is minutes away from the Lazy Lavender. While it is most famous for its artesian spring, it also offers 81.5 acres of nature preserve with multiple trails to explore. Jacob's Well is the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas! The cavern system deepest part goes to a depth of 140 feet, and the main cavern length is 341 feet. The Well is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water every day, coming from the Trinity Aquifer through the cave system. The water stays at 68°F, all year-round. Jacob's Well is also the headwaters of Cypress Creek (which also flows through the popular Wimberley swimming spot nearby called Blue Hole Regional Park) and deposits into the Blanco River. Please note that reservations are required for Jacob's creek swimming. The use of trails does not require a reservation but might be closed off if too many people enter the area at once during COVID.
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Jacob's Well Natural Area
1699 Mount Sharp Road
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The Jacob's Well Natural Area is minutes away from the Lazy Lavender. While it is most famous for its artesian spring, it also offers 81.5 acres of nature preserve with multiple trails to explore. Jacob's Well is the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas! The cavern system deepest part goes to a depth of 140 feet, and the main cavern length is 341 feet. The Well is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water every day, coming from the Trinity Aquifer through the cave system. The water stays at 68°F, all year-round. Jacob's Well is also the headwaters of Cypress Creek (which also flows through the popular Wimberley swimming spot nearby called Blue Hole Regional Park) and deposits into the Blanco River. Please note that reservations are required for Jacob's creek swimming. The use of trails does not require a reservation but might be closed off if too many people enter the area at once during COVID.
Covering 570 acres, Purgatory Creek is one of the most popular hiking places in Texas. Here you'll find a diverse mix of colorful meadows to stunning canyon bluffs and wetlands. It is one of my favorite local places for a good hike. Make sure to wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. There are three access points to Purgatory Natural Area. Access to Lower Purgatory Natural Area Trail Head can be found at 2101 Hunter Rd this trail head features 35 parking spots, water fountain, port-a-potty Access to Prospect Park in the Northern part of Purgatory Natural Area can be found at 1414 Prospect. This trail head features less than 10 parking spaces, no water and no facilities Access to Upper Purgatory Natural Area Trail Head can be found at 1751 Valenica Way. This trail head features 29 parking spaces, no water and has a port-a-potty at the trail head.
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Purgatory Creek Natural Area
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Covering 570 acres, Purgatory Creek is one of the most popular hiking places in Texas. Here you'll find a diverse mix of colorful meadows to stunning canyon bluffs and wetlands. It is one of my favorite local places for a good hike. Make sure to wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. There are three access points to Purgatory Natural Area. Access to Lower Purgatory Natural Area Trail Head can be found at 2101 Hunter Rd this trail head features 35 parking spots, water fountain, port-a-potty Access to Prospect Park in the Northern part of Purgatory Natural Area can be found at 1414 Prospect. This trail head features less than 10 parking spaces, no water and no facilities Access to Upper Purgatory Natural Area Trail Head can be found at 1751 Valenica Way. This trail head features 29 parking spaces, no water and has a port-a-potty at the trail head.
Spring Lake Natural Area is a little known 251-acre park that sits just above Spring Lake. It offers seven miles of natural surface trails lined with oak trees draped in Spanish moss and is open to the public for hiking, biking, birding, photography, and is a perfect companion to a visit to The Meadows Center.
Spring Lake Natural Area
921 Aquarena Springs Dr
Spring Lake Natural Area is a little known 251-acre park that sits just above Spring Lake. It offers seven miles of natural surface trails lined with oak trees draped in Spanish moss and is open to the public for hiking, biking, birding, photography, and is a perfect companion to a visit to The Meadows Center.
The drive from Wimberley to Blanco is a beautiful Texas country road. Make sure to take Ranch Road 32 over the Devil's backbone that suddenly rises to 1,274 feet above sea level. Look for the roadside park with a view of the ridge and the surrounding valleys. The Devil's backbone is said to be haunted, and locals claim to have seen or heard the ghosts of Spanish monks, Native Americans, and early settlers. Once in Blanco, you can access the park from U.S. 281. It is a 104.6-acre park, along a mile of the Blanco River. It features camping, picnicking, screened shelters, swimming, tubing, nature trails, and a wildlife viewing station.
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Blanco State Park
101 Park Road 23
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The drive from Wimberley to Blanco is a beautiful Texas country road. Make sure to take Ranch Road 32 over the Devil's backbone that suddenly rises to 1,274 feet above sea level. Look for the roadside park with a view of the ridge and the surrounding valleys. The Devil's backbone is said to be haunted, and locals claim to have seen or heard the ghosts of Spanish monks, Native Americans, and early settlers. Once in Blanco, you can access the park from U.S. 281. It is a 104.6-acre park, along a mile of the Blanco River. It features camping, picnicking, screened shelters, swimming, tubing, nature trails, and a wildlife viewing station.
Swimming, tubing and kayaking
Canyon Lake Nestled among steep and wooded hills, 8,240-acre Canyon Lake is one of the deepest and most scenic lakes in Texas. Canyon Lake features seven public parks with excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Activities include camping, fishing, swimming, SCUBA diving, picnicking, wildlife viewing, boating, and other water sports. Many of the parks offer restrooms and picnic tables. The following Canyon Lake public parks, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are located along the lakeshore: Open year-round -- * Guadalupe Park - free & open 24hrs for fishing * Overlook Park - day use only park * Potter's Creek Park Seasonal; closed from October through March -- * North Park - day use areas generally require campsite rental * Canyon Park - day use areas generally require campsite rental * Canyon Park Beach - day use only park * Comal Park - day use only park Just above Canyon Lake, the Upper Guadalupe River affords some of the most exciting whitewater in the state, while the lower segment is favorable for canoeing and tubing. There are many tube outfitters on the river but make sure you call ahead and check on COVID restrictions.
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Canyon Lake
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Canyon Lake Nestled among steep and wooded hills, 8,240-acre Canyon Lake is one of the deepest and most scenic lakes in Texas. Canyon Lake features seven public parks with excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Activities include camping, fishing, swimming, SCUBA diving, picnicking, wildlife viewing, boating, and other water sports. Many of the parks offer restrooms and picnic tables. The following Canyon Lake public parks, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are located along the lakeshore: Open year-round -- * Guadalupe Park - free & open 24hrs for fishing * Overlook Park - day use only park * Potter's Creek Park Seasonal; closed from October through March -- * North Park - day use areas generally require campsite rental * Canyon Park - day use areas generally require campsite rental * Canyon Park Beach - day use only park * Comal Park - day use only park Just above Canyon Lake, the Upper Guadalupe River affords some of the most exciting whitewater in the state, while the lower segment is favorable for canoeing and tubing. There are many tube outfitters on the river but make sure you call ahead and check on COVID restrictions.
When most Texans think of Wimberley, they probably think of Blue Hole. However, there is another Wimberley swimming hole you should try. The Cypress Falls Swimming Hole derives its name from the dam's falls in the creek, which creates the swimming hole. The creek is spring-fed by Jacob's Well, so the water is crisp and cool all year round. The swimming hole is home to "Eagle Rock," a natural rock formation that creates a cave alongside the creek. The falls are an awesome location for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing. (You can rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and paddleboards onsite) Or practice your inner Tarzan and jump off the rope swing into the water. The adjacent Back Porch Cafe serves light fare as well as beer and wine. We are less than five minutes away from Cypress Falls, so definitely a place to check out.
Cypress Falls Swimming Hole
1 Woodcreek Cir
When most Texans think of Wimberley, they probably think of Blue Hole. However, there is another Wimberley swimming hole you should try. The Cypress Falls Swimming Hole derives its name from the dam's falls in the creek, which creates the swimming hole. The creek is spring-fed by Jacob's Well, so the water is crisp and cool all year round. The swimming hole is home to "Eagle Rock," a natural rock formation that creates a cave alongside the creek. The falls are an awesome location for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing. (You can rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and paddleboards onsite) Or practice your inner Tarzan and jump off the rope swing into the water. The adjacent Back Porch Cafe serves light fare as well as beer and wine. We are less than five minutes away from Cypress Falls, so definitely a place to check out.
Markets
With 490 booths on 20 oak-shaded acres, Wimberley Market Days are the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. Stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music, and shop to your heart's content. The market was closed this summer but plans to reopen on October 3rd, 2020. (Regular market days are the first Saturday of every month from March through December) Please check their site for dates and times before making plans. The Lazy Lavender is 2.6 miles from the main Market Days entrance.
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Wimberley Market Days
601 Farm to Market Road 2325
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With 490 booths on 20 oak-shaded acres, Wimberley Market Days are the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. Stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music, and shop to your heart's content. The market was closed this summer but plans to reopen on October 3rd, 2020. (Regular market days are the first Saturday of every month from March through December) Please check their site for dates and times before making plans. The Lazy Lavender is 2.6 miles from the main Market Days entrance.
Food scene
Possibly the best Pizza in Texas! Great family place with outside seating and playstructure. They get super busy so if you order for takeaway allow 45 minutes to pick up. If you decide to eat in get there before lunch or dinner crowds arrive.
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Community Pizza & Beer Garden
111 Old Kyle Rd
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Possibly the best Pizza in Texas! Great family place with outside seating and playstructure. They get super busy so if you order for takeaway allow 45 minutes to pick up. If you decide to eat in get there before lunch or dinner crowds arrive.
Best breakfast taco's in town. Call ahead for your order. It's only 4 minutes down the road from the Lazy Lavender so a great spot to pick up some yummy Mexican food.
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Mima's Kitchen
701 Farm to Market Road 2325
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Best breakfast taco's in town. Call ahead for your order. It's only 4 minutes down the road from the Lazy Lavender so a great spot to pick up some yummy Mexican food.
Upscale farm to table dining.
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Longleaf Craft Kitchen + Bar
314A Wimberley Square
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Upscale farm to table dining.
Legendary BBQ in neighboring Dripping Spring
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Salt Lick BBQ
18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
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Legendary BBQ in neighboring Dripping Spring
Wine and beer tasting as well as local snacks
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Los Olivos Market
13904 Ranch Rd 12
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Wine and beer tasting as well as local snacks
Winery
Winery with outdoor Bistro and beautiful views.
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Driftwood Estate Winery
4001 Elder Hill Road
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Winery with outdoor Bistro and beautiful views.
Long-running winery in a charming setting featuring a range of vintages, with tastings & events.
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Wimberley Valley Winery
2825 Lone Man Mountain Road
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Long-running winery in a charming setting featuring a range of vintages, with tastings & events.
Groceries, beverages, and firewood.
Just minutes away. Groceries, firewood and beverages.
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H-E-B
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Just minutes away. Groceries, firewood and beverages.