Highlights for A Road Trip in the Hill Country

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If you’re planning an RV trip and you’re still deciding on a destination, you might want to start considering the Hill Country of Texas. The Hill Country covers an area of central Texas that is a mid-point of West, Central and South Texas.

The Hill Country is known for its limestone and granite hills, as well as geographic features like Packsaddle Mountain and the Llano Uplift, which is the second-largest granite dome in the U.S.

Austin is also located in the Hill Country, as are the cities of San Marcos and New Braunfels, and parts of San Antonio fall into this region as well.

The following are some things to do if you’re going to rent an RV and venture into the scenic Hill Country.

Austin

For a lot of RV travelers, Austin is the highlight of visiting the Hill Country, and it serves as either a starting point or an end point for many.

Downtown Austin can be covered in a walking tour, and you can park your RV or trailer in open parking lots downtown.

There are RV campsites in the area as well, such as Austin Lone Star, which features wireless and full hook-ups. There is also a seasonal heated pool and an exercise room on site, as well as quite a few other amenities.

When you’re in Austin, you won’t run out of things to do, from listening to live music on Sixth Street to sampling local barbecue. You can also visit the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the bat swarms, or you could go to the parks and lakes to do some paddle boarding.

Pedernales Falls State Park

If you’re looking for outdoor activities while you’re in the Hill Country, visit Pedernales Falls State Park, offering hiking, camping mountain biking, and horseback riding. You can also swim and fish in the river.

There’s a lot of variety here in terms of skill and experience levels. For example, if you want a short, easy hike you can go with the Twin Falls Nature Trail, or if you want something more advanced you can do the six-mile Wolf Mountain Trail.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Hill Country is full of caves you can explore, and the most well known are the Natural Bridge Caverns.

The Natural Bridge Caverns are near San Antonio, and they feature distinctive geological formations including a natural limestone bridge outside the entrance to the caverns.

Drive Along Farm Roads 1323 and 337

Sometimes the best part of an RV trip happens when you’re actually on the road. If you go along Farm Road 1323 in the spring, you’ll see amazing wildflowers, and if you want to see the most dramatic hill formations, go along Farm Road 337.

You’ll find cones and gumdrop-shaped hills, as well as rock ledges.

Finally, also great when the weather is warm is the Medina River. It’s surrounded by cypress trees that form tunnels, and it’s not as crowded as the Guadalupe River, so you can kayak in a more tranquil environment, a bit more off the beaten path in the Hill Country.

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