Whenever I get the chance to see the rolling hills of the Hill Country, I go. My son had an extra day off from school, so I booked a Texas Hill Country Getaway for us two – plus our dogs went along too. There are so many things to do in the Hill Country, and I’m showing you a few activities of what we did this fall. Get set and make plans to visit Central Texas!
A Texas Hill Country Getaway
You never know what the weather will be like in October in South Texas. However, hot or cool, it’s still beautiful. Our Hill Country getaway was nothing short of fun, despite the 97 degrees heat.
Marble Falls is located in Burnet County, a huge part of Texas Hill Country if you want to get outdoors and explore nature. This area is the perfect spot in the south for a Hill Country experience with seven lakes chained together. You don’t necessarily have to go to Austin because Marble Falls is a great place to come.
We stayed in a darling tiny rustic cabin that I found on Airbnb. It was so darn cute, small, but doable, and the backyard was surrounded with flowers, plants, butterflies, the sound of trickling water, and it was so peaceful to hang out. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of it. No pics of my dogs either! I did manage to get a photo of the human-made trail the owners made.
Scenic Drive on RM-1431 in Marble Falls
Besides venturing downtown and to the lake, everything else we did was located off RM-1431. This road happens to be a very nice scenic road with winding roads and hills and a couple of lookout stops. The Sweet Berry Farm and the Longhorn Caverns are both off RM-1431. Even our sweet rustic cabin was also off this road but on the other side of HWY 281 in Marble Falls. So, I’m very familiar with this road, and I can attest to it being a beautiful scenic drive.
Wine & Candy in Historic Downtown Marble Falls
Wine for me, candy for Brody, and ice cream for both of us! The Historic Downtown District has everything to love from antiques, boutiques, candy shops, restaurants, and clean public restrooms. It’s also an easy walk down to the lake. Marble Falls has some of the nicest wineries in the Hill Country, and Fiesta Winery is located downtown. You can get a glass of wine to go, then shop your heart out. That’s exactly what we did—wine for me, candy for Brody. Okay, we don’t always do that when we go on our getaway excursions, but hey, we are in the wine country of Texas!!
We Stuffed A Scarecrow at Sweet Berry Farm
Sweet Berry Farm offers some sweet fall activities for the whole family, including pick-your-own flowers and a stuff-a-scarecrow. We actually went there on a Saturday, then went back again on Monday to stuff our scarecrow. It was so hot that I couldn’t bear the heat the first day, so I told Brody we would go back. So glad we did.
We did the hayride, a corn maze, picked zinnias, but the farm offered way more than that. It was the largest pumpkin patch we’d ever been to. Activities were being done on both sides of the road too, and people were everywhere. Stuffing that scarecrow was the best $20 I have ever spent …and we made some cute memories.
The second best thing we did at Sweet Berry Farm was cutting zinnias for only $5 bucks – what a deal and many people were taking advantage of this. Their zinnias field was huge and not to mention gorgeous.
In the spring, at Sweet Berry Farm, you can pick your own strawberries and blackberries, cut-your-own tulips, feed the goats, have a picnic, and more family fun. We might go back!
Walking Around Lake Marble Falls
I was so hot that Brody and I waded in the water. He could have gone swimming, but I didn’t bring his swimsuit, and he didn’t want to swim in his clothes.
There are two parks on Lake Marble Falls, and one of them has a leash-free dog park inside the park. Dogs are always welcomed in Marble Falls, and Westside Park has a leash-free dog park (Ruff Park). Kayaking and other water sports are opened year-round, and you certainly could have kayak this weekend, and people were, but I elected to do other stuff, even though Brody and I enjoy kayaking. But stuffing that scarecrow was fun enough for us.
A Longhorn Caverns Cave Tour in Burnet, TX
I’ve never seen bats on a cave tour until now. We saw at least nine bats – all were sleeping except for one. It flew right above a lady’s head and about scared us all to pieces. I didn’t realize how cute these little mammals are.
Longhorn Caverns State Park. It offers a guided walking tour, and though the stairs were steep and you had to walk like a duck several times, it was probably the best cave I’ve ever been in. It was wide open inside and was a nice and pleasant 68 degrees, not too stuffy or humid like some I’ve been in. We also got there early and walked on one of the many nice and well-maintained walking trails.
Visiting the Texas Hill Country in the fall is something to put on your travel bucket list if you haven’t already. The pumpkin patch, stuffing our scarecrow, cutting flowers, and the scenic roads are just part of what you’ll experience in the Hill Country and is the perfect reason to visit.