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.
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.