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Get Up and Move -- Winter Activities in the Hill Country

Whether your visiting for a long weekend or escaping snowy weather for several months, Central Texas offers a special chance to explore your surroundings and find unique adventures. Here at Mystic Quarry, located between Austin and San Antonio, nestled in the oak-filled hills, we call ourselves a basecamp for good reason.

Let’s assume you’re an outdoor person for a moment and if you’re not, maybe you should reconsider. There is no shortage of easy to moderate hiking routes, from spectacular Enchanted Rock (the 2nd largest granite outcropping in the U.S.) and Hill Country State Natural Area near Bandera, to simple trails along the Guadalupe River, that will have you breathing in the fresh cool air under bright sunny skies.

If you prefer a mission in your outdoor endeavors, don the waders and grab your pole for winter-time fly fishing. Did you know the Guadalupe River is the farthest South you can find (and catch) trout year-round? The Guadalupe Trout River Unlimited (GTRU) association stocks the river every winter.

Other outdoor enthusiast enjoy the open roads and we have plenty of those too. Our area boasts two of the top-rated motorcycle routes in the state – River Road and the Twisted Sisters. You can also cruise along Devil’s Backbone to view the hilltops and valleys of Central Texas. Then, stop at the local watering hole to refuel.

Still not convinced? Slow the pace and simply stroll through downtown New Braunfels in the evening while you take in the beauty of holiday lights. Stop to enjoy famous baked goods at Naegelin’s Bakery or enjoy a local seasonal brew at the famous Faust Hotel and Brewery then finish the day at one of the many delicious restaurants along the sparkling streets. We will count it as an outdoor activity as long as you walk, pedal or roll to the circle to view this year’s Christmas Tree.

Enchanted Rock as viewed from the trail leading to the summit. People climbing on the summit (visible as dots) give an idea of the scale of the granite rock. Source: Photo taken by uploader, April 14, 2006.