Located in the middle of Texas and the northern gateway to the Texas Hill Country, Lampasas is about 30 minutes from Fort Hood, and about an hour out of the state capital, Austin. The small city of Lampasas (about 6,800 people) is full of Southwest charm, from its limestone buildings and narrow alleys, to its historic courthouse and square. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the city was a booming resort town known as the "Saratoga of the South," and people came from far and wide to "take the waters."
Popular places include The Riverwalk of Lampasas and Cooper Spring Nature Park. The Riverwalk is at the WM Brook Park. Families enjoy spending time along the river, where children can play on the playground, travel the pedestrian suspension bridge, fish the river and watch productions at the river-side Ruth Akin Outdoor Theater. Cooper Spring Nature Park, named for the natural spring on the property, is a series of trails on approximately 16-acres dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of wildlife. Volunteers have cleared invasive plants and sowed native varieties to create a space welcoming to birds and butterflies, as well as humans. Free of charge, this park is a labor of love that offers a beautiful slice of unspoiled nature in downtown Lampasas.
Historic Downtown Square
Scattered throughout the Downtown Historic District and surrounding area, you will find eight one-of-a-kind murals depicting the rich heritage that makes up Lampasas County. The Courtyard Square in Downtown Lampasas is anchored by the historic recently refurbished Lampasas County Courthouse and is a Nationally Registered Historic District. Downtown Lampasas is a one block walk from Campbell Park and Cooper Springs Park which have the actual Hanna Springs, many Art in the Park exhibits, Cooper Springs Nature Trail, and the modern Hanna Springs Swimming Pool.
Hancock Springs Free Flow Pool
No summertime visit to Lampasas is complete without a dip in the enormously refreshing spring-fed, free-flow Hancock Spring Free Flow pool. It is the oldest in the state and open in the afternoon and early evening during the summer. Hancock Springs is said to be 72 degrees all year round and dates to 1911. The sulfur springs in Lampasas, touted for their healing properties, were the main attraction for visitors to Lampasas in the latter part of the nineteenth century, and Hancock Pool is the only sulfur springs pool still open to the public. The springs are now part of a 109-acre park.
Hancock Park Golf Course
For golfers, the park's 18-hole golf course spans 140 acres along the park. Established in 1945 as a nine-hole course and expanded to an 18-hole golf course in 1996, the course has beautiful native trees, and a Sulphur creek winds through holes 11 of the 18. Measuring just 6,000 yards from the championship tees and par 72, the golf course is short but challenging. Hancock Park Golf Course is a municipal golf course, which has a fully stocked pro shop.
For outdoor recreation Lampasas' Athletic Complexes is a 173-acre park is big enough to accommodate large crowds of spectators and hosts many events to include youth baseball, youth softball, adult softball and youth soccer. The Sports Complex features two regulation size soccer fields, two regulation size softball fields, playground, 30 acres of dedicated open space land, an open-air basketball court, 3 acres of wetland with viewing platform, concession Stand, 900 feet of walking trails and wildlife viewing. In addition, there is the Gavin Garrett Soccer Complex with 10 acre park consisting of five soccer fields and a multi-use facility, and the 11 acre Turner Baseball Complex with a park, 4 softball/baseball fields, playground equipment, restrooms, concession stand and picnic area.
Liberty Hill, Texas is a city between the north and south forks of San Gabriel River in Williamson County. This town has several upscale neighborhoods being built around downtown which still has many of the original buildings. One of the biggest attractions in Liberty Hill is a sculpture garden containing some of the best work from Mel Fowler and international sculptors. Back in 1976, Liberty Hill hosted the International Sculpture Symposium. The event resulted in 27 unique sculptures that became permanent fixtures in the town.
A local favorite is Winkley's General Store. It stocks a little bit of everything. From tractors, new boots, nails, light bulbs, chicken coops, hammers, jeans, fishing poles, greeting cards and more. If you need it, Winkley's has it!
Liberty Hill is small, but has some excellent restaurants tucked around town. Dahlia Cafe serves good Southern soul food and homemade desserts. There's a large outdoor patio and kids will enjoy the playground. Live music on the weekends makes Dahlia's a great place for family and friends to gather. For some true Tex-Mex, Jardin Corona serves up all of your favorite Tex-Mex classics, as well as one-of-a-kind plates with a special twist. And don't forget a stop at the Thirsty Mule Winery. The only winery in Texas with an underground tasting room, Thirsty Mule offers a selection of both dry wines and sweet wines.
Cedar Park, Texas is just southeast of Austin and 40 minutes from Arrowhead Trail. Cedar Park is home to many great attractions like the Texas Museum of Science and Technology. The museum is popular for its planetarium, as well as its time walk exhibit. For years the Austin Steam Train Association has been working to preserve and re-create authentic steam engine rides and offer a selection of rides and train lines such as the Sunset Express. There's also a fantastic train museum to check out. If you are more adventurous, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures offers five different zip lines across the canyons and inlets of Lake Travis. Lake Travis is overflowing with entertainment, dining, shopping, water sports and many other activities. The Cedar Park Recreation Center is next to the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden which creates a unique combination of outdoor natural beauty, plus art. The garden features a series of sculptures that changes annually, all of which are created by local Texan artists.
Hungry? If you have a hankering for Texas barbecue, head over to Smokey Mo's Bar-B-Q. Morris (Mo) Melchor has been cooking up delicious barbecue for over fifty years! This man and his family know barbecue. Smokey Mo's is known for its casual, friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Wine tasting is definitely on the menu and The Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail features four beautiful wineries and vineyards in the amazing Texas Hill Country.
While in Cedar Park be sure to check out the H-E-B Center. Depending on the day, the complex features entertainment from music to sports. This indoor arena houses a state-of-the-art professional sports facility. An ongoing schedule of events is offered year-round!