Please note, due to coronavirus, we ask that you use this as a guide for visiting nearby hikes, and refrain from patronizing local businesses at this time. Note that some hikes may be closed as well.
One of the most exciting aspects of heading to a Getaway Outpost is the opportunity to get to know the towns and regions where the Outpost is located.
As we opened our Outpost 45 minutes outside of Austin in Wimberley, TX, we discovered some amazing spots that we can’t wait for you to check out too. Here are a few of our favorites:
Blue Hole Park Trail Loop
Hike distance: 1.6 miles
This trail is a great loop for families right near the swimming area in Blue Hole Regional Park. With the smell of cedar, oak and cypress trees, clear blue water, and mulched trails that are mostly flat, this is the perfect afternoon hike to catch up with family and friends. If you want to indulge in the swimming hole, be sure to call ahead and make reservations.
Old Baldy Trail
Hike distance: 0.2 miles
This quick out and back trail is another great one for families or novice hikers who are more into the views than the hike. With over 200 steps to the top, it will take a bit of effort, but once you reach the summit it’ll totally be worth it as you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area.
Cypress Creek Nature Trail and Preserve
Hike distance: 2.3 miles
Dogs allowed on leash.
This loop trail is great for all hikers, and features a river, which will be endlessly fascinating for any kids. This is also a popular spot for beginner mountain bikers.
Wimberley Valley Winery
2825 Lone Man Mountain Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619
~ 25 minutes from Outpost
Head to this Winery for some gorgeous views of the property and a delicious wine tasting. Dogs are also allowed to join you, but they must be kept on a leash.
101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos, TX 78666
~ 25 minutes from Outpost
This 10-barrel brewpub has some tasty ales inspired by the Hill Country that are sure to give you a sense of the region. They also have a wide selection of wine and local ciders for you to choose from.
The Leaning Pear
111 River Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
~ 18 minutes from Outpost
For some fresh, seasonal and local cuisine inspired by the Hill Country, The Leaning Pear is a great lunch or dinner spot for American cuisine. The owners, Rachel and Matthew Buchanan, restored The Lowery House, which is one of the oldest buildings in the Wimberley Valley in 2006 to build their own restaurant after years of studying cooking in both Italy and New York. Give some of their dishes a try, and you’ll likely be back for more.
14100 Ranch Rd 12 Ste 1, Wimberley, TX 78676
~ 16 minutes from Outpost
Head here before your Getaway to pick up any fresh food you’d like to cook with your favorite people at the Outpost. With a variety of options, you’re sure to find great local foods to taste a bit of the Hill Country.
This artesian spring is a must-see. Jacob’s Well is at least 140 feet deep with underwater caves that only professional SCUBA divers are allowed to explore. Opportunities to swim here start on May 1, 2020, but year-round the well is 68 degrees F, so this is the perfect spot for the hottest days of the year.
The Devil’s Backbone
If you’re in the mood for a scenic drive, head to route 32 and search the landscape for the geological features named, “The Devil’s Backbone.” While being one of the most scenic drives, there is also a lot of local lore about spirits that may haunt the area. Once you’ve finished up your drive, make a stop at The Devil’s Backbone Tavern for a drink and you may hear more stories from the locals.
Wimberley Zipline Adventures
If you’re feeling more adventurous, Wimberley Zipline Adventures is for you. You’ll begin with a little walking tour, and then you’ll be led through a series of 10 ziplines that will give you 15-mile views in all directions of the region. This is likely an experience you’ll never forget.
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