" There are plenty of interesting characters in the Hill Country and you don’t have to be here long before they make their presence known. Most of them come with legends and folklore attached." --J. Frank Dobie, folklorist and historian
Devoid of strip malls and box stores, the Texas Hill Country is unique to the lonestar state with a natural beauty punctuated by rugged and rolling hills. It is filled with history, beauty and rich cultural traditions. The area is abundant with natural springs, providing cool, fresh water. Archaeologists found evidence of humans occupying parts of the Hill Country over 10,000 years ago.
For thousands of years, Native Americans hunted deer and turkey in these hills. They gathered pecans and mesquite beans from the trees that grew along the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. They dug for mussels and fished in the clear streams. But many Native Americans were drawn to the Hill Country because of the special stone they used to make their tools. This stone, called Edwards Chert, is also called flint by some people. Sometimes Native Americans traveled for miles to collect it from rocky outcrops and river gravel.
The Texas Hill Country describes a particular geographic region between Austin and San Antonio. It is part of the Edwards Plateau and one of the eastern most regions of the American Southwest. It is bound by the Balcones Fault on the east and the Llano Uplift to the west and north. The terrain is punctuated by a large number of limestone or granite bolders. The Texas Hill Country is also home to several native Southwestern types of vegetation, such as various yucca, prickly pear cactus, cedar scrub and the ever-popular Texas live oak.
The Hill Country is also special because of its fusion of Spanish and Central European influences. German, Swiss, Austrian, Czech settlers farmed and ranched in this area for generations. The area is known for its food, beer, architecture and music. All a part of a unique Texan culture influenced by its proximity to Mexico as well as the many cultures who settled the area. For example, accordion music was popularized in Tejano music in part due to the influence of German settlers to the region.
One of the distinct features of this area is the Devil's Backbone, which is less than 10 miles from the Rocking MJ Ranch. Many Hill Country natives tell of ghost sitings of Spanish monks, Native Americans and Confederate Soldiers around the Devil's Backbone area. Stories tell of a "wolf spirit" who haunted and prtoected the natural beauty of this region.
Recently, the region become known as the center of the Texas wine industry. There are many vinters and wine tasting tours in the Hill Country.
The Hill Country is known for tourism. In 2008, The New York Times listed the Hill Country in as a must-see North American vacation destination. The Hill Country has also made Texas second to Florida as the most popular retirement destination in the United States.
Enjoy your trip to the Hill Country to sample our wines, explore our rivers, taste our local cuisine, and spot one of the many roadrunners who call this area home.
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