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Texas Hill Country Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Wimberley


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A MAGICAL VALLEY

The arts, music, and Western culture converge with the natural beauty of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek in this quaint Hill Country town.  Whether you believe, as some say, that Wimberley is located on a spiritual-energy-producing vortex, there’s something magical about the Wimberley Valley, home to summer camps, artists, writers, musicians, butterflies, and abundant white-tailed deer. Bed-and-breakfast inns, rustic vacation resorts, private rental properties, and RV parks accommodate visitors year around. Many come for Wimberley Market Days, an arts and crafts event with more than 450 booths, entertainment, and barbecue sandwiches, held the first Saturday of the month from March through December at Lions Field. Fourth of July weekend brings the annual VFW Pro Open Rodeo to town. The EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens hosts Shakespeare Under the Stars, a renowned summer program for middle- and high-school students who perform a Shakespearean play, make costumes and paint stage sets guided by college interns and theater professionals. There’s a different kind of “theatrical magic” at Wimberley Glass Works on Ranch Road 12, where glass blowers provide free demonstrations in the studio adjacent to the showroom. For watery entertainment visit Blue Hole, popular with swimmers since the 1920s. Shaded by lofty cypress trees, it’s one of the most popular swimming holes in Texas and now part of a 126-acre regional park with trails, bathhouses, ball courts and ball fields, a playscape, an amphitheatre and summer concerts.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the restored 1850s Winters-Wimberley House is home to the Wimberley Institute of Cultures, which hosts lectures, art shows and other events. The hub of town is the Wimberley Square, where art galleries, restaurants, music venues, cafes, boutiques, antiques stores and specialty shops occupy historic structures. Pick up a downtown walking-tour brochure at the Visitor Center, operated by the Chamber of Commerce. 


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The Wimberley Valley was settled by William C. Winters, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto, who built a gristmill and sawmill on Cypress Creek in the late 1840s. When a flood destroyed the millhouse in 1856, Winters moved across the creek to higher ground and built a two-story millhouse with a long millrace and tailrace. The operation remained in the family until 1874, when Pleasant Wimberley bought the complex. The community gained a post office in 1880 and eventually took the name, Wimberley.


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