Pedernales Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park is a true hidden gem near San Antonio. The tranquil sound of waterfalls with clear blue-green water is a major hit for visitors. The Perdernales River features ancient limestone slabs and hiking terrain across 5,211 acres of land. Outdoor recreational activities include hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and mountain-bike riding. The geologic area is a major attraction with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Furthermore, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wife coined the name of her husband’s favorite dish “Pedernales River Chili” after the location of his Texas Hill Country ranch. The river is approximately 10 miles east of Johnson City, Texas. From San Antonio, drive 78 miles on US-281 North to the state park.
Your next stop is Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas, which is about 70 miles north of San Antonio. Founded in 1876, Stonewall is a German heritage town that has remained true to its roots. Becker is a prestigious wine that was served in the White House and the James Beard House. The estate includes beautiful native wildflowers, orchards, and fruit that extends over 46 acres. The vineyard has an old-world feel combined with the rustic flair of the Texas Hill Country. If you decide to drop by, the Becker family welcomes you to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the scenic grounds. Stunning views of lush farmland and green countryside will make this scenic route worthwhile. To get there from Pedernales Falls State Park, drive west on US-290 for 41 miles. If time permits, stop by the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch for a self-guided tour of the former president’s home. The LBJ Ranch is two miles east of Stonewall.
Enchanted Rock is a volcanic dome that failed to erupt. Over 1 billion years old, the massive pink granite figure stands at 425 feet tall and 1.5 miles wide. Located in the central region of the state, it is also called the Heart of Texas. During the spring, you’ll also find thousands of bluebonnets stretched along Ranch Road 965. Activities to explore while there include hiking, camping, rock climbing, and stargazing. For your safety, camping is not allowed at the top of the dome. The park is only 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. To get there from Becker Vineyards, take US-290 West to Ranch Road 965. In the Texas Hill Country, life on the open road is filled with natural beauty and local discoveries, especially for truck drivers passing through. Which scenic destination will you travel to next?