hill country region

Living on Martindale Time

October 14, 2014 | By Melissa Gaskill

The pale green waters of the San Marcos River slip silently past my comfy spot on the shady deck.

Water, Water Everywhere

July 14, 2014 | By Michelle Burgess

It is nearly dusk on the lower Guadalupe, one of those incomparable evenings when skies are clear, humidity is low and the only insects in sight are lightning bugs.

Sisterdale’s Secrets

July 11, 2014 | By Michelle Burgess

If Ottmar von Behr had gotten his way 155 years ago, Sisterdale would look a whole lot different than the tiny town it turned out to be.

The Garden of Yes

July 10, 2014 | By Andrea Abel

Luci Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, admits that her love of nature came later in life, despite her mother’s devotion to protecting and restoring native plants.

Taste 290

March 21, 2014 | By Anthony Head

Driving to Fredericksburg from the east on US 290, it’s easy to notice that spring adores the Hill Country: This oak-studded landscape is a hot spot for wildflowers—bluebonnets, firewheels, black-eyed Susans, and others color the vistas like a painting come to life, while roadside stands open in anticipation of peaches, tomatoes, blackberries, and other seasonal bounty coming to market.

Daytripper: Kingsland

February 24, 2014 | By Chet Garner

If I were to dream up the perfect kingdom, it would be a land of flowing rivers, abundant vineyards, smoky barbecue, and maybe even some gold.

These Pickles Are Worth Relishing

February 1, 2014 | By Jennifer Nalewicki

Most antiques stores discourage eating while shopping. Carousel Antiques and Fickle Pickles in Boerne is different.

Boerne’s Bounty

January 3, 2014 | By

It’s a dicey proposition, living in a picturesque, easily accessible town in the Texas Hill Country—in my case, Boerne.

Trail Mix in San Marcos

January 2, 2014 | By April Coldsmith

For its size, what small town boasts the most walking paths anywhere in the state, but doesn’t show up in guidebooks about Texas hiking or biking?

Cast Away: Fly-fishing the Guadalupe River

December 19, 2013 | By Celestina Blok

Seated on a large, flat rock along a tranquil section of the Guadalupe River, I hear the faint whoosh of my husband’s fly line as his cast cuts through the air.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

The Fruits of a Flood: The Canyon Lake Gorge

October 18, 2013 | By Melissa Gaskill

In a matter of hours in July 2002, flooding rains unearthed eons of history beneath a swath of Hill Country landscape near New Braunfels.

New Finds, Old Faves

April 9, 2013 | By

It’s getting tough to spend the day in Fredericksburg. After enjoying numerous day-trips to this Central Texas town, I realized during my most recent visit that Fredericksburg’s attractions—both the new and the venerable—have become so numerous that one day just doesn’t cut it anymore.

The National Museum of the Pacific War

June 22, 2010 | By Joe Sherfy

Most weekends of the year, crowds flock to Fredericksburg to enjoy the Hill Country ambiance, shop along historic Main Street, or savor impromptu wine tastings.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

Get the Magazine

Save up to 62% off the cover price


Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Sign up for magazine extras, upcoming events, Mercantile specials, subscription offers, and more.