Situated just 10 minutes down the road from Legacy Hills is the vibrant town of Dripping Springs, Texas - well-known as the "Gateway to the Hill Country." Dripping Springs is home to spectacular natural wonders, historic treasures, unique shopping, eclectic live music venues, exciting rodeos, a plethora of wineries, craft breweries and local distilleries and legendary hospitality.
Also, recognized by the Texas Legislature as the "Wedding Capital of Texas," Dripping Springs is a premiere destination location, as well as being a great base for exploring the rest of the Texas Hill Country. Jump in that car and head out to explore one of the prettiest areas of the Hill Country in Dripping Springs... some say, it all starts here.
Dripping Springs is a place where the history and heritage of early Texas lives on. Dripping Springs is surrounded by the scenic natural beauty and wonderful attractions of the area — historic homes and sites, museums, antique shopping, world-class barbeque, vineyards, state parks, nature preserves, lakes and rivers, rolling hills, and magnificent live oak woodlands.
Rich in history, a number of the older, interesting buildings and homes still exist in Dripping Springs. Providing a peek into the last century and a half of life in Texas, these places and times help to tell the story of who we are today. The Dripping Springs Historic Preservation Commission and other preservation-minded citizens are pleased to present this heritage with hope that the spirit of our pioneers, founders, and their families will live on. Early settlers here found a place of abundance: water from bounteous springs; woodlands and limestone rock for log cabins and stone homes; and fish and wildlife for food. Rocks, cleared from farmed fields, were even used to build rock fences.
Where to Eat & Stay
You will find a delicious and surprising array of restaurants and bars in Dripping Springs to satisfy your cravings. Dripping Springs is quickly becoming a destination for foodies, beer and wine enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly establishment, breakfast, or an upscale night out with a world class experience, the options are plentiful and growing!
With the new retail development at Belterra Village, many new restaurants and bars have been added to Dripping Springs dining menu. From farm-to-table restaurants, doughnuts, pizza, to fancy and gourmet dinners, there's over 50 restaurants and bakeries with numerous award-winning chefs that serve up a dining experience that is like nothing else in the Texas Hill Country.
There are many places to rest your head in Dripping Springs, from gorgeous bed & breakfasts, to traditional hotels, to quiet and secluded campgrounds in the great outdoors. With dozens of B&Bs, guesthouses, vintage air streams, yurts, and guest ranches, there's no shortage of eclectic and unique lodging options in Dripping Springs. If staying in a hotel or motel is more to your liking, there are a handful of properties to choose from. Many hotels and motels have complimentary breakfast and refreshing pools. For those who prefer to camp, Dripping Springs is home to many RV parks and campgrounds - most within a short drive to Dripping Springs and some located in municipal and state parks.
Local & State Parks
If you are looking for the best hikes, great places to swim or just a quiet place to commune with nature, look no further than Dripping Springs for the most gorgeous scenery in the Texas Hill Country. Just 25 miles west of Austin, Texas, Dripping Springs is known for its unparalleled natural beauty including several breathtaking city parks, state parks and county parks that boast walking trails, stargazing opportunities, and camping. With its beautiful countryside views, Dripping Springs has been tagged as the Gateway to the Hill Country since it is the first stop for many travelers leaving the city for the countryside. With a past centered in farming and ranching, much of the land remains rich with rolling hills, spring-fed creeks, abundant wildlife, and majestic views.
From bird viewing stations, playgrounds, hiking trails and farmers markets, the local parks of Dripping Springs are scenic, packed with activities and a great way to enjoy an afternoon outdoors in nature. Be sure to visit these local gems: CHARRO RANCH PARK, DRIPPING SPRINGS RANCH PARK, DRIPPING SPRINGS SCULPTURE GARDEN, FOUNDERS MEMORIAL PARK, SPORTS AND RECREATION PARK, VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK.
Pedernales Falls State Park
Legacy Hills is close to Pedernales Falls State Park which offers a never-ending array of outdoor recreational fun for the entire family. Camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, bird watch, horse ride, swim, and so much more - all in one place! The park is also a great place to discover local wildlife and plants at the bird blind and butterfly garden. Within the State Park is the Pedernales River flowing over and around huge slabs of limestone. Enjoy an afternoon swim, wade, tube, fish, hike or load up your gear for an overnight adventure!
Whether you choose to spend your time in Dripping Springs two-stepping at the local Dancehall, touring an olive orchard, perusing the boutiques in downtown or enjoying world class Texas BBQ, there's something for everyone!
Dripping Springs (Drippin' to the locals) has also become known for unique wineries, breweries and distilleries dotting the beautiful Hill Country. Some treasures include the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, Dripping Springs Ranch Park, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Pedernales Falls State Park, Westcave Preserve and historic downtown Mercer Street. Dripping Springs was also the first city in Texas recognized as an International Dark Sky Community.
There is also plenty of western culture including equestrian events, trails and rodeos, plus a large dose of music venues and festivals showcasing blues to pop to country. Annual festivals include Founders Weekend, Dripping Springs Fair & Rodeo, Hill Country Rally for Kids, Dripping with Taste, Pioneer Days, Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival and Christmas on Mercer. First Thursdays in Dripping Springs is designed to get people out and about and playing in the streets. Participating vendors stay open late offering live music, food, drinks and various themed activities in addition to their daily specialties. There's lots of fun for all!