If you’re looking to truly discover the area you’re traveling in, an insider’s guide is a great go-to resource. From the best sights & outdoor activities, to delicious food & drinks, there’s so much to discover in the Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re traveling to or from Jellystone Park™ in Canyon Lake, Texas, or just want to take a day trip, we have some “must visit” spots for you! Check out our top 5 insider recommendations below and get ready to explore the Texas Hill Country!

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1) Blue Hole Regional Park

Located in Wimberley (20 mins from Jellystone Park™), this 126-acre park is a great place to stop and stretch your legs. With approximately 4 miles of trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, sports courts, an amphitheater, and the Blue Hole swimming area, this park has plenty to offer in terms of outdoor activities.

(photo via Hill Country Outdoors)

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2) Gruene Historic District

A quick 15 minute drive from Jellystone Park™, one can find the quaint town of Gruene. Although small, this town is both a premier attraction for visitors and part of the National Register of Historic Places. Relax at the day spa, enjoy wine tasting, peruse antiques, visit specialty shops, and more!

(photo via Gruene Historic District)

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3) Fall Creek Vineyards

Established in 1975 as the first Texas Hill Country winery, Fall Creek is a must-see for wine and history lovers alike! Texas grown grapes turned into world-class wines, come put your tastebuds to the test at their location in Driftwood or Tow (50 mins or 1 hr, 50 mins from Jellystone Park™).

(photo via Fall Creek Vineyards)

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4) Enchanted Rock

The majestic view of this enormous piece of pink granite rock is quite the sight to be seen! Located near Fredericksburg (1 hr, 30 mins from Jellystone Park™), climb to the top of this 425 ft landmark for amazing views, or rock climb, stargaze, and more for a magical day full of exploration.

(photo via Texas Parks & Wildlife)

5) Franklin Barbecue

Texas is no stranger when it comes to tasty barbecue, so make a pit-stop at Franklin Barbecue and dig in to award-winning meats! Awarded Texas Monthly’s “Best Barbecue Joint in Texas” and Bon Appetit’s “Best Barbecue Joint in America,” you won’t be disappointed when making the trip to Austin (1 hr from Jellystone Park™) just for some delicious eats.

(photo via Franklin Barbecue)


Interested in finding more nearby attractions? Check out some more of our favorites here. It’s time to start planning your vacation to Jellystone Park™ today!