Enchanted Rock, Hill Country Favorite

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock, Texas Hill Country

When visiting the Texas Hill Country and Riverway RV Park, you will want to visit Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and the rare Enchanted Rock. This unique formation is 14 miles south of Llano on Highway 16 and 8 miles west on R.R. 965. The beautiful, massive dome of pink granite is not only an impressive sight to see, but it is also fun to climb.

Enchanted Rock covers approximately 640 acres and rises approximately 425 feet above the surrounding terrain to elevation of 1,825 feet above sea level. It is the largest such pink granite monadnock in the United States.

The views from the top of the rock’s summit are panoramic. Indian lore surrounds the rock and led to its name in the 1800s. They have 8.4 miles of hiking trails, picnic tables and grills. They also have a State Park Store with unique gifts, books, etc. For information only call (800) 792-1112 or visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

This is just a taste of what we have to offer in the Hill Country. We’ll explore more about our region and our park in future blogs. Please visit us on Facebook or our website at www.riverwayrvpark.com and plan to stay with us real soon.

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Llano, The Town That Rocks!

The Llano River flows by Riverway RV Park

The Llano River flows by Riverway RV Park and into the town of Llano, “the town that rocks!”

Chet Garner, the “Texas Day Tripper,” calls Llano the little Hill Country town that rocks… literally. Just a mile from Riverway RV Park, Llano sits on the Llano River and atop the Llano Uplift.

The Llano Uplift is a peculiar rock formation created when granite pushed its way to the surface exposing rocks all around Llano. The most impressive example is Enchanted Rock in South Llano County. The uplift also kicked up tons of rare earth minerals that are scattered all over the county. There is even a type of granite called “Llanite” that can only be found in Llano County. To learn more about Llano’s rock culture and be pointed in the right direction for your own rock hunt, check out Enchanted Rocks and Jewelry on Llano’s square.

For the historic side of Llano, drive across Roy Inks Bridge and take a tour of the old Red Top Jail, built in 1895 with its original hanging gallows still inside.  Also check out the Dabs Hotel (a stop for Bonnie & Clyde), the Llano Courthouse and the Historic Railyard District.  For something creepy, you can always “head” to Baby Head Cemetery up Highway 16 from Llano.

The historic Dabs Hotel, built in 1907.

The historic Dabs Hotel, built in 1907, where Bonnie & Clyde once stayed.

All this touring will surely stir up an appetite. For what many consider the best BB-Q in Texas, head to Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que and choose your meat straight from the outdoor pit.  Don’t miss the house pecan cobbler. Another great BBQ spot is Inman’s Kitchen serving its famous and one-of-a-kind turkey sausage. For lighter fare and a cup of joe, head to Fuel Coffee House, a nonprofit coffeehouse that also serves up free burgers on Sunday evenings.

Keep abreast of Garner’s writings on Llano and other Hill Country features by visiting www.thedaytripper.com.

Don’t forget the Llano Farmers Market and the Castell Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue. Both events are coming up on Saturday, July 27. See last week’s blog for details on these fine Texas Hill Country community events.

This is just a taste of what we have to offer in the Hill Country. We’ll explore more about our region and our park in future blogs. Please visit us on Facebook or our website at www.riverwayrvpark.com and plan to stay with us real soon.

Learn About the Hill Country

The Llano River flows by Riverway RV Park

The Llano River flows by Riverway RV Park

There’s no better way to learn about the culture of our Texas Hill Country than to attend one of our community events.

For example, every Saturday morning, you can buy fresh garden produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, coffees, teas and crafts and talk with area residents at the Farmer’s Market in Llano located a mile from Riverway RV Park. This weekly event is staged in Grenwelge Park across from the public library.

On Saturday, July 27, the Castell Volunteer Fire Department will put on a great barbecue for the whole area. This is their one fundraiser for the year and is held at the Castell Community Center from 6 p.m. until the food is gone. Over 8,000 people made it out last year, so come join the fun this year. This is a delicious way to donate to an incredibly important. Castell is located west of our park on Highway 152.

Remember, our 20-acre park is located on the beautiful Llano River just a half-mile from the Llano Golf Course. Our park has become a Winter Texan hotspot but is popular year-round.

This is just a taste of what we have to offer in the Texas Hill Country. We’ll explore more about our region and our park in future blogs. Please visit us on Facebook or our website at www.riverwayrvpark.com and plan to stay with us real soon.

 

Birding in the Texas Hill Country

Eagles nesting near Llano, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Llano News.

Eagles nest along Highway 29 near Llano, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Llano News.

One of the many attractions of Riverway RV Park is the variety of birds found in the Texas Hill Country. Approximately 300 species of birds appear in the Hill Country area.

Right in our RV park you can spot roadrunners, mocking birds, doves, ducks, cranes, herons, woodpeckers, scissortails and many more.

The region’s most notable birds are the bald eagles that come to spend the winter in the Llano River Basin since 2003 in nests clearly seen from Highway 29 about nine miles east of Llano. You can still see it from the highway, and the parking area has been moved several yards for easier viewing. Through the years the Llano County eagle nest has become a social gathering.

In fact, birding in the Texas Hill Country is great all year long as it is located in the overlap zone of ranges of eastern and western bird species as well as some north and south species.

In the summer months you can find both the eastern ruby-throated hummingbird and the western black-chinned hummingbirds visiting feeders and wildflowers. Western common ravens and eastern American crows, Eastern and Western meadowlarks, western golden-fronted and eastern downy woodpeckers are other examples of this overlap. Southern birds found here include black-bellied whistling ducks, white-winged and common ground doves, and crested caracara. In the winter months birders can find northern species like pine siskins, American goldfinches, Harris sparrows, and golden-crown kinglets.

Nearby are some popular bird watching areas, such as the new Live Oak Wilderness Nature Trail in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park located three miles south of Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16. The three-quarter mile long trail occurs near the lake dam just after entry into the park and is marked by signs. More than one half of the birds occurring in Gillespie County have been seen in Lady Bird Johnson Park, so it is an excellent place to start your birding adventure. Rarities seen in the park include zone-tailed hawk, yellow-crowned night-heron, MacGillvray’s warbler, sora rail, gray catbirds, black-capped vireos, golden-cheeked warblers and green kingfishers.

A number of beautiful state parks are located within approximately one hour’s drive of our park. Lost Maples and Enchanted Rock state natural areas, Pedernales Falls, South Llano, Inks Lake, LBJ and Kerrville-Schreiner state parks offer a variety of outdoor activities including birding, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and scenic viewing.

A big thanks to www.realestate-herber.com, which provided much of the information for this blog.

This is just a taste of what we have to offer in the Hill Country. We’ll explore more about our region and our park in future blogs. Please visit us on Facebook or our website at www.riverwayrvpark.com and plan to stay with us real soon.