Down around San Antonio, the hill country brings rich character to small town life.
Perhaps it’s all due to the combination of gorgeous nature and celebrated small-town history. Many of these towns still have buildings that date back to the early years of the last century. German settlements in these homestead towns left roots that linger to this day.
There’s a little something for everyone in the Texas hill country. Here are four quaint small towns around San Antonio:
One of the most wonderful aspects of any small town on our list is the rich outdoors.
Kerrville perhaps stands out the most. Known by some as the capital of the Texas Hill Country, Kerrville rests alongside the Guadalupe River, with many beautiful parks, trails, waterfalls, and of course, stunning rolling hills.
Getting outdoors is easy in Kerrville. It is home to three golf courses, the Ingram Dam—which is popular for sliding and swimming, and waterfalls at Schumacher Crossing.
Local buildings are a pleasant mix of new structures as well as architecture almost as old as the town itself. Shoppers will enjoy to the James Avery Retail Store headquarters, or spending time in the old-style storefront in downtown Kerrville.
Another olden-style town, Uvalde boasts its own beautiful piece of the Texas Hill Country. Destinations like Cooks Slough Sanctuary are popular among nature-explorers and bird watchers.
The city’s history—stretching back to the 1850s—is still evident in its antique buildings and celebrated past. Most notably, the town has been known as the honey capital of the world because of honey farmers working here since the 1870s.
Uvalde has been home to several now-famous figures in political and pop culture. Most notably, Texas-actor Matthew McConaughey was born here.
Perhaps the most popular tourist attraction on our list, Fredericksburg rests about an hour outside San Antonio. Founded in 1846 by German immigrants, the city maintains many old-style buildings as well as popular historical sites.
Fredericksburg is a common stop for hikers from across Texas. The famous 425 foot tall rock dome, Enchanted Rock, is just 17 miles north of the city. It is a popular place to climb, hike, and enjoy an afternoon outdoors.
If you reserve a spot ahead of time, you can also camp at Enchanted Rock.
Boerne (pronounced “Bernie”) is only a short commute from downtown San Antonio. While close to the amenities and bustle of Alamo City, Boerne offers a quiet escape to its residents and visitors. Complete with small storefronts offering a selection of antiques, clothes, local food, and drinks, Boerne’s main street is an historic and photogenic place to shop and enjoy a bite to eat.
Nature-enthusiasts also love to pay their visit. Boerne has two caves that are popular to explore, The Cave Without a Name and Cascade Caverns, as well as nature trails and beautiful parks.