Situated just down the road from Red Oak Mountain is the Gateway to the Central Texas Hill Country – the charming town of Blanco, Texas. With a centralized location, just 45-miles west of Austin and 45-miles north of San Antonio, Blanco offers the ideal spot to embrace your life in the country. Close to several recreational waters including Canyon Lake and the Blanco River, Blanco is a hub of activity for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy several Hill Country wineries, great shopping, and one of the best areas for stargazing, while you're here!
Upon their initial visit, many people enjoy taking a relaxing bike ride through Blanco to get a better picture of what Blanco, Texas has to offer. Hiking enthusiasts appreciate the campgrounds close to the town's historic square and shopping enthusiasts will enjoy a day browsing the variety of antique and gift shops also near the historic square.
The Parks and Wildlife Department stocks the river near Blanco with rainbow trout from December to January. The fish are released twice each month, but the actual dates are announced publicly beforehand. As a result, Blanco's Trout season is extremely popular. People line up elbow to elbow on the riverbanks in order to fish. Even though the annual trout drop attracts the most attention, fishing year-round on the Blanco River can bring in bass, catfish and perch.
Blanco State Park offers many outdoor adventures for the entire family, including swimming, camping, hiking, boating, and fishing. Overnight campers from several surrounding metropolitan areas frequently come to Blanco State Park to escape the big city.
The Annual Lavender Festival is also a favorite among residents of Blanco. Held at the Old Blanco County Courthouse, this event features several local artisans and their best works.