How to plan your road trip to Wimberley, Texas
Wimberley is a small town located in the Texas Hill Country about an hour South of Austin and an hour North of San Antonio. It's small town charm combined with great restaurants, local shops and gorgeous river views have really put it on the map. Our family has driven through Wimberley tons of times, in fact we actually got married right outside of Wimberley but we had never properly visited the town. Not only was I looking forward to exploring all the shops of the Square, I really wanted to see Jacob's Well and Blue Hole Regional Park with my own eyes!
Downtown Wimberley is chock full will boutiques, art galleries and great places to eat. From ice cream shoppes to distilleries, you have something for everyone. During our visit, the town was decked out for fall with gorgeous displays of pumpkins in front of many of the stores and restaurants. It was fun just to stroll around and explore the town. Even filled with tourists, it's western flair and proximity to the river gives it such a fun, relaxed vibe.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area is an area outside of town where an opening in the creek bed turns into a cave that descends vertically for about 30 feet and then continues down at an angle for another 140 feet - the whole cave system is over a mile long! I would recommend going when the sun is high in the sky to really see the depth of the cave from above. One of the great things about getting to Jacob's Well is it's an easy quarter mile hike down to the creek from a big paved parking lot (with portable toilets). While it is an easy walk, you do have to go down several rocky steep stairs, so I would not recommend taking a stroller or wheelchair.
Know Before You Go:
Jacob’s Well is open for swimming from May 1 – September 30 by online reservation only
The natural area is currently open to the public from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Reservations are required for water access
No dogs, glass or alcohol are permitted in the natural area
Visitors who are hiking do not need a reservation
Tip: Make sure you check water levels on the websites of the attractions you're planning on going to. We really wanted to check out Blue Hole Regional Park during our time in Wimberley but unfortunately recent rains had the river portion closed off due to flooding.
Another little hidden gem of Wimberley is Pioneer Town. A town built as a replica an old 1800's western town, complete with an opera house, functioning ice cream parlor and cowboy museum. The whole thing is very itchy and perfect for a photo op. And of course kids will love it because you feel like you've been transported into a movie. And if you really love it, you can stay in a river front cabin right on the property, at 7a Ranch. Fun Fact: they filmed an episode of Fear the Walking Dead right in Pioneer Town!
Know Before You Go:
It's a tiny bit tricky to find at first but the address is 333 Wayside Drive and it's located next to the 7a Ranch
Open to foot traffic during daytime hours, seven days a week
Admission is free
I hope you all enjoyed coming along on this road trip with us. We had a blast in Wimberley and can’t wait to come back in the summer to fully enjoy all the swimming holes and water fun this town has to offer.
HOW TO: Wimberley
TO DO BEFORE YOU GO:
Make reservations for Mystic Quarry.
Camera gear, hiking clothes
Games, Tablet, Musi
You can park at Mystic Quarry
BONUS – ADVENTURE STAPLES:
Portable trash can, Wet wipes, Paper Towels, Snacks
This incredible article was written by Sarah Korus. You can find more helpful adventure tips and tricks on Jessica's blog (http://hausvonfloof.com and through her Instagram (@hausvonfloof)