Houston News : 23 things to do on a Texas Hill Country road trip, from bluebonnets to tubing

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Dive into Jacob’s Well
Drive out to Wimberley and take the plunge into the magical swimming hole known as Jacob’s Well. The crystal-clear swimming spot descends hundreds of feet and features a limestone cave. Reservations and a fee are required to swim in the well, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. 

 

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Dive into Jacob’s Well
Drive out to Wimberley and take the plunge into the magical swimming hole known as Jacob’s Well. The crystal-clear swimming spot descends hundreds of feet and features a

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Photo: BDphoto/Getty Images

Photo: BDphoto/Getty Images

Dive into Jacob’s Well
Drive out to Wimberley and take the plunge into the magical swimming hole known as Jacob’s Well. The crystal-clear swimming spot descends hundreds of feet and features a limestone cave. Reservations and a fee are required to swim in the well, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. 

 

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Dive into Jacob’s Well
Drive out to Wimberley and take the plunge into the magical swimming hole known as Jacob’s Well. The crystal-clear swimming spot descends hundreds of feet and features a

… more

Photo: BDphoto/Getty Images

23 things to do on a Texas Hill Country road trip, from bluebonnets to tubing

Drive just a few hours outside of Houston and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Texas Hill County, a low-key paradise filled with rolling fields of bluebonnets and lavender, quaint, historic towns and magical pockets of state parks, swimming holes and nature preserves.

If you’re itching to get out of the city, the Hill Country is an ideal retreat with endless adventures to explore. Click through the photos above for 22 awesome reasons to visit the Texas Hill Country…

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Drive out to Wimberley and dive into Jacob’s Well,  a magical swimming hole that has been attracting daredevils from all over the state for years. The crystal-clear swimming spot descends hundreds of feet (no one is sure exactly how deep it actually goes) and features a stunning, natural limestone cave.

The Hill Country is known for its style of fire-cooked barbecue. Grab some authentic Texas barbecue fare at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, known by some as the holy grail of BBQ. The laid-back joint is known for its mouthwatering smoke-cooked meats that draw people from all over.

On your way up to the Hill County, make a pit stop for photos of the stunning bluebonnets and wildflowers that bloom from March until mid-April along Texas highways such as Highway 281, Highway 16 and Loop 337. The Hill Country is also known for its various lavender farms and fields, which start to bloom in May through July. Hill Country towns offer annual lavender festivals featuring farm tours, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more.  Fredericksburg’s annual lavender festival will be held May 2-3 and Blanco’s festival will be held June 12-14. Wimberley and Chappell Hill also boast top-rated lavender farms.

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Rebecca Hennes covers community news. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected] 



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