One of the great things about living in MorningStar, a master-planned community located just north of Austin is its proximity to the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. For millions of years, the limestone terrain in this unique ecological area has been sculpted by the rivers, streams, waterfalls and fresh-water springs and the views are spectacular.
Nowhere is this more evident than in and around the vibrant community of Marble Falls. Since it is about 30-miles from MorningStar, this eco-paradise is a perfect place for residents to make a fun day trip.
According to the Handbook of Texas website, the former falls were flooded by the lake, which was created by a shelf of limestone running diagonally across the Colorado River from northeast to southwest. The upper layer of limestone, brownish on the exterior but a deep blue inside, was so hard and cherty it was mistaken for marble. The natural lake and waterfall were covered when the Colorado River was dammed with the completion of Max Starcke Dam in 1951, but the city’s charming name remained.A Dozen Fun Things to do in Marble Falls
There are so many things to do in Marble Falls, that it might require several trips to enjoy them all. Here’s a brief look at some of the most popular stops to make in Marble Falls.
Lake Marble Falls
This pristine body of water is one of seven lakes that is located in the heart of Texas and a recommended stop on the Bluebonnet Trail.
Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge
As these photos suggest, this area is a fabulous place to catch a glimpse of native wildlife, aquatic life and birds. It is also one of the best places to hike in Texas.
Flat Creek Estate Winery
TripAdvisor notes, “Whether you’re looking for a traditional relaxed wine tasting experience, an active day of disc golf or hiking through the vineyards, a romantic dinner overlooking the Texas Hill Country or a fun afternoon out with friends, Flat Creek Estate is where experiences happen.”
Sweet Berry Farm
This seasonal pick-your-own farm is a must-stop for all families. Strawberries: Mid-March – May. Harvest of Fall Fun: Late September – Early November Check here for up-to-date information about the farm.
Hidden Falls Adventure Park
With miles of dirt trails set among 3,000 acres of rugged Hill Country terrain, this is the place to be for off-road enthusiasts. Visitors can embark on an adrenaline-fueled adventure on paths suited for dirt bikes, ATVs, and off-road vehicles. You can bring your own vehicle or rent one on-site.
Save the World Brewing Company
According to TourTexas.com, craft beer is just as prevalent in the Hill Country as wine, and this brewery crafts an impressive range of brews, including a rich Belgian-style scotch ale and a creamy double milk chocolate stout. Public tours and tastings are available Fridays and Saturdays.
Sculpture on Main
Main Street in downtown Marble Falls is home to some of the most breath-taking artwork in the state. Local artists are featured and the treasures are everywhere!
Dead Man’s Hole
For anyone who digs caves, especially spooky caves with a history, this is a great place to spend an hour. First discovered in 1821, the cave has a notorious history that is tied to the Civil War in Texas.
This park is an urban greenspace shaded by mature pecan trees located minutes from Main Street. Along with the boat ramp that affords access to Lake Marble Falls, the park has an amphitheater, playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and a picnic area with barbecue pits.
Galleries at Pecan Creek
According to a review from a customer, “This gallery specializes in ‘Hill Country of Texas’ artists, art and locally handcrafted gift items. There are original oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings focusing on regional subjects such as the beautiful rolling hills, flowers and wildlife of Central Texas.”
This part of Texas is known for its granite quarries and this is one of the most famous. Looming on the town’s western edge, it secured Marble Falls’ place in Texas history. The famed pink granite was used for the construction of the Texas State Capitol and other state government office buildings, and can also be found in the Galveston Seawall and Austin–Bergstrom International Airport.
Shaffer Bend Recreation Area
Tour Texas notes that “Primitive hiking trails meander past the river-side bottomlands, limestone bluffs, and rolling hills of more than 500-acre natural area, 10 miles east of Marble Falls. Along with its trails, Shaffer Bend is an idyllic environment for horseback riding, and mountain biking. Its location on the north bank of the Colorado River makes it a popular summer-time swimming and year-round fishing destination.”
Check Before Heading Out
Due to suggested National and State restrictions over the spread of Coronavirus, many events have been cancelled, attractions, restaurants, bars, hotels and venues around the state have been temporarily closed or offering restricted hours. It’s a good idea to check the website, social media and or call ahead to the venue you are interested in visiting, to confirm that they are open.