Visit Fredericksburg, Texas

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Parks & Outdoors

It’s no wonder people flock to the Texas Hill Country. The rolling hills, colorful wildflowers and winding country roads are enough to make anyone what to commune with nature. If the outdoors is your cup of tea, you’ll find it hard to fit all this is in one trip. For the binocular-toting crowd, the Fredericksburg area has everything from bats (and millions of them) to 300 species of birds. For the gotta-get-up-and-move types, we’re also popular for hiking or rock climbing Enchanted Rock, and for bicycling and horseback riding.

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Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site

A historically significant park in the heart of former President LBJ’s country home, the ’Texas Whitehouse’, and influenced by three major cultures: Native Americans, Spanish and German.

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Hiking

The Hill Country region of Texas offers numerous state parks for hiking.

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Hill Country Parks

Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country are home to a number of parks. From a kid friendly playground at Marktplatz, to golfing at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course, to hiking at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, the Texas Hill Country has something to offer outdoor lovers of every skill level.         Lady [...]

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Old Tunnel State Park (Bat Cave)

An abandoned railroad tunnel that is home to millions of Mexican free-tailed bats every May through October.  Located 10.5 miles south of Highway 290 on the Old San Antonio Road.  The upper viewing deck is open nightly at no charge.

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Park camping, picnicking, 8.4 miles of hiking trails, nature trail, interpretive exhibits, rock climbing, watchable wildlife, store.

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Wildflowers

Whether you thank Mother Nature or Ladybird Johnson, the Texas Hill Country is the home of wildflowers. Drawing many visitors during the spring, the Gillespie County wildflower season is usually like a fireworks display on the ground — filled with bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Mexican Hat and many others. Over 5,000 wildflower species make their home in the State of Texas, products of the state’s different ecosystems.

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Bats

Millions of Mexican free-tail bats make their summer home in Central Texas. View the evening emergence of bats during the season, which normally runs from mid-May to mid-October, at Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area.

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Volkssporting

The first volkssport event in the United States was held in Fredericksburg in June of 1976, and the Volkssportverein Friedrichsburg was the first club organized in the U.S., therefore the number AVA-001. The Pilgrimage Routes consist of three different sanctioned walk routes.

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Swimming Pools

The City of Fredericksburg operates a public, outdoor swimming pool for summer enjoyment. Located in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, it features a toddler pool, locker areas, two diving boards and covered seating areas.

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Rock Climbing

Estimated to be over one billion years old, the pink granite domes and boulders of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area make it one of the best climbing venues in all of Texas. (Jump Link to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.)

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Hunting

The Fredericksburg area of the Texas Hill Country is home to many native and exotic species of animals, which allow sportsmen almost year-round hunting opportunities. White tail deer, turkey, doves and quail are the most popular and plentiful quarry pursued by hunters. In addition to the native game, exotics such as axis deer, blackbuck antelope, fallow deer, sika deer and feral hogs are abundant.

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Horseback Riding

Circle K Trailrides Gentle, trail-savvy horses take you over beautiful terrain with awesome views. Large groups and private parties. Novice or experienced riders. (214) 212-8070 www.circlektrailrides.com Spotted Pony Ranch Trail Riding Services Highway 290 East (830) 456-1933  http://www.spottedponyranch.com/our-spotted-ponies.html Chance Cutting Horses Guided trail rides customized to meet your needs.  All skill levels are welcome. Please call, [...]

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Fishing

Fishing opportunities are available in Hill Country state parks and at area lakes. The closest place for kids to drop a line in the water is Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on Highway 16 South. With prior arrangements, Hill Country Outfitters, 109 East Main, will plan fly fishing lessons and/or expeditions for groups.

Quiet Hill Ranch

Quiet Hill Ranch

The ultimate birding, wildlife viewing and nature photography facilities in a remote yet accessible location. Log cabins, lodge with full kitchen, pool, and peacefulness await guests. Day use by reservation only.

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Birding

Approximately 300 species of birds occur in the Texas Hill Country, where birding is great all year. The area is an overlap zone of ranges of eastern and western bird species, as well as some north and south species. Be sure to look for the endangered Black-capped Vireos and Golden-cheeked Warblers.

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Bicycling

The back roads of Gillespie County provide miles of scenic views for road bicycle riding. Mountain biking enthusiasts will enjoy Hill Country State Natural Area, near Bandera and Pedernales Falls State Park, near Johnson City. For more information, visit www.cycletexas.com and www.texasvelo.com.