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LIFESTYLE

Hill Country Recreation

Hill-Country-Landscape

Not for nothing do they call Hill Country “the Texan’s playground.” Sporty meets serene in our rugged canyons and rambling wildflower fields, which make up the Sweetwater community's natural landscape. Go hiking, biking, rock climbing, or horse riding in magnificent parks like Reimers Ranch—just 15 miles drive from Sweetwater. Unwind along the nearby shores of Lake Travis, or jump into a natural spring, like the underwater cave of Jacob’s Well.

SWIMMING HOLES AND NATURAL SPRINGS

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When you live at Sweetwater, you’re within 15 miles of a refreshing crystal-clear swimming hole like Hamilton Pool and Krause Springs. And within 30 miles, you can reach natural wonders that are so amazing, they attract visitors from all across Texas.

THE GUADALUPE AND COMAL RIVERS

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Whether kayaking, tubing, or just wading—the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers attract visitors from all over during the peek summer season.

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LAKE TRAVIS AND THE HIGHLAND LAKES

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The Highland Lakes are seven reservoirs in central Texas formed by dams along the Colorado River and offer a multitude of recreational activities all year long.

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HAMILTON POOL

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Named as one of the best swimming holes in Texas, Hamilton Pool is a collapsed grotto featuring a 45' waterfall and water temps at 50 degrees.

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KRAUSE SPRINGS

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Listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites, this 115-acre property is a well-known destination for camping and swimming in the Texas Hill Country.

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BARTON SPRINGS

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Known as the crown jewel of Austin, Barton Springs Pool is a three-acre swimming hole fed by underground springs within Zilker Park. It attracts a diverse crowd year round with its water temperature of 68-70 degrees. 

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JACOB'S WELL

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Only for the most adventurous, this mysterious deep hole is only 12 feet wide in diameter at the water surface but leads to an extensive cave system below.

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PARKS FOR HIKING, ROCK CLIMBING, AND MORE

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From Enchanted Rock to Pedernales Falls, the Texas Hill Country right at Sweetwater’s doorstep offers everything from outdoor daytime adventure to overnight camping. We thank our lucky stars—which shine so bright above Sweetwater—that this is the best place in the Lone Star State to call home.

ENCHANTED ROCK STATE PARK

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The massive pink granite dome has enchanted visitors to the Texas Hill Country for years. It is a hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, and star gazing phenomenon.

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ZILKER METROPOLITAN PARK

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Considered "Austin's most loved park", Zilker features so many recreational opportunities for all ages—from a miniature train to canoes, kayaks, and the "best swimming hole in Texas"

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PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK

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Carving its way through huge slabs of limestone, the Pedernales River puts on a show in this beautiful park filled with opportunities for hiking, biking, bird watching, camping, and swimming.

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MCKINNEY FALLS STATE PARK

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Only 13 miles from the state capitol and within the Austin city limits is the tranquil beauty of McKinney Falls State Park, which offers camping and hiking year round. 

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REIMERS RANCH PARK

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With three miles of frontage on the Pedernales River, this city park features 18 miles of trails, world-class rock climbing, deep canyons, and classic panoramic Hill Country views.

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WESTCAVE OUTDOOR DISCOVERY CENTER

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Westcave is a 75-acre nature preserve that features educational based programs during the week, but is open to the public on the weekends.

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AUSTIN - "THE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD"

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Austin hosts some of the world's most iconic music festivals and has over 250 live music venues. Sixth Street in downtown Austin has given many artists their musical starts and continues to hosts artists from around the world. Find your vibe in Austin!

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL

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The Austin City Limits Music Festival features epic entertainment including eight stages and 130 bands across two weekends in Zilker Park.

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SXSW WEEK

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SXSWeek is a 10-day music and film related stretch of events that encompass the SXSW Interactive FestivalSXSW Film Conference and Festival and SXSW Music Conference and Festival.

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AUSTIN VENUE GUIDE

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The Austin Visitor Center's guide to over 250 live music venues featuring up-and-coming hot spots and artists.

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