DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS is well-known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country.” First settled in 1854 and located about 20 minutes west of Austin along U.S. Hwy 290, the main attractions to life in Dripping Springs continue to be what drew the original founders: simple charm and a family lifestyle all set in the beauty of the central Texas Hill Country.
Dripping Springs is home to spectacular natural wonders, historic treasures, unique shopping, eclectic live music venues, exciting rodeos, a plethora of wineries, craft breweries and local distilleries and legendary hospitality. Also, recognized as the official, “Wedding Capital of Texas®,” Dripping Springs is a premiere destination location, as well as being a great base for exploring the rest of the Texas Hill Country.
“Taking a step back in time,” is a common phrase you will hear as you stroll down Mercer Street or Old Fitzhugh Road in downtown Dripping Springs, enjoying the architecture of buildings, many of which were built between 1870 and 1940, but are the current location for several thriving businesses. Whether it’s shopping at one of the quaint boutiques, dancing at an old-style dancehall, grabbing a beer at the well-known “Barber Shop,” or treating your taste buds to ice cream and frozen yogurt, there is something for everyone in downtown Dripping Springs.
Dripping Springs features numerous parks and other recreational opportunities. The famous Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon. The pool’s water level stays pretty constant even during periods of drought, making it a favorite swimming hole for locals and visitors alike.
For more information, visit Destination Dripping Springs or the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce.
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