5 Down-Home Experiences in Dripping Springs, Texas

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Even the name conjures up images of an Old West landscape. It’s a place that’s a welcoming oasis on the dusty road to Austin, a quiet community of farmers and ranchers sharing their abundance with weary travelers, many of whom may end up staying a while once they get a taste for the place. Dripping Springs, Texas, embraces its colorful roots, embodying the character of the historic Texas Hill Country. The charming and fast-growing town of 3,400 rivals its famous and larger neighbor for things to do and places to see.

Traveler’s Warning: If you’re planning on “just passing through,” be prepared for your stagecoach to get hijacked.

Swimming at Hamilton Pool Preserve

Image via Flickr by Commodore Gandalf Cunningham

A few miles outside the town, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a breathtaking example of natural formations associated with the Edwards Aquifer. In this case, the collapse of an underground cavern formed the grotto. Reservations are definitely required, but well worth the effort — it’s not your average swimming hole.

The Dripping Springs

The original “Dripping Springs” — which inspired Nannie Moss, wife of the town’s first postmaster, to incorporate the springs into the name of the town in 1857 — are located on Milkhouse Creek. Cobblestone steps from the parking lot of the city offices lead you to the creek. An almost musical dripping sound leads you to the fern-covered mouth of the springs only yards away. The source of the springs is the vast Edwards Aquifer, which provides drinking water for 2 million people.

Historic Mercer Street

As you mosey down Mercer Street — you are legally required to mosey in Dripping Springs — you may imagine that you have stepped back in time. The buildings date to 1870, and many storefronts have remained unchanged for decades.

Popular with locals and visitors alike, The Barber Shop is a cozy brewpub that retains the rustic lived-in look of its previous proprietor, the Dripping Springs Barber Shop. If your timing is right, First Thursday — the first Thursday of each month — offers late-night openings and special activities throughout the downtown.

Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead

The town’s history comes alive at the home of a Dripping Springs founding family. The 1854 Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead has been meticulously restored to let you experience the life of Central Texas pioneers.

Dr. Pound was ahead of his time in terms of sustainable living. He built a rainwater collection system, self-watering animal trough, and an amazing in-ground hothouse. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the peaceful gardens.

Crash a Wedding …

… or, heck, have your own. As the “Official Wedding Capital of Texas,” Dripping Springs has 35 wedding venues, from rustic barns to historic churches and mansions. Romance rises from every creaking floorboard.

You’ve Decided to Hang Around …

We don’t blame you. It’s been a common occurrence for more than 160 years, and we’ve barely touched on all the area’s events, attractions, and legendary hospitality. If you’d like to experience Dripping Springs at its own leisurely pace, local accommodations in Dripping Springs offer a welcoming atmosphere and an at-home vibe.

Texas Hill Country beauty, heritage, and old-fashioned hospitality: Slow down and soak it up in Dripping Springs.