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The ULTIMATE Texas Hill Country Waterfalls Road Trip 😍

This road trip will take you to 9 places in Texas Hill Country where you can see beautiful waterfalls.

And you DO NOT want to miss it.

Some of these are amongst the best waterfalls in ALL of Texas!

Here’s what the overall road trip would look like…

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This one is a loop so you could actually start at any of the waterfalls on the list and you don’t even need to do the whole thing.

You can hit as many or as few of the waterfalls on this list as you like.

Here’s a Google Maps link for the roadtrip. (The proximity to the waterfalls will depend on how close trailheads and parking lots are in relation to the falls.)

We’re pretty sure there’s at least one place on this list that you’ve not heard of!

1. Sculpture Falls and Twin Falls

Location: Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin, Texas

Discover the beauty of Barton Creek Greenbelt through two of its most cherished spots: Sculpture Falls and Twin Falls.

These falls, both accessible via the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, offer distinct experiences of nature right in the heart of Austin.

Start your adventure at Twin Falls, easily reached from the Mopac Expressway Trailhead, where the water cascades into a popular swimming hole surrounded by rocky outcrops.

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Kent Wang / Flickr

Continue hiking along the trail a further 1.25 miles to reach Sculpture Falls, a serene retreat where the waters flow gently and invite a peaceful afternoon dip.

Both locations are perfect for cooling off after a sunny hike and provide great opportunities for photography and wildlife (or people) watching.

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Kelly The Deluded / Flickr

Remember to pack your swimming gear and water shoes, and keep an eye out for the local fauna along the creek.

These falls offer a refreshing experience amidst the Texas heat and are a great place to stop by.

2. McKinney Falls State Park

Location: Southeast Austin, Texas

Step into the natural beauty of McKinney Falls State Park, where Onion Creek offers you not just one, but two captivating waterfalls to explore. 

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This park, just a short drive from downtown Austin, features both the Upper and Lower Falls, each offering its own unique charm and swimming opportunities. 

If you’re a fan of fishing or just want to dip your toes in the water, the Lower Falls is your go-to spot, with easy access and plenty of space to relax. 

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Marcus Calderon / Flickr

Hiking enthusiasts will appreciate the 2.8-mile Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail, which offers scenic views and a chance to spot local wildlife. 

Bring your camera to capture the picturesque scenery and the historical remnants of an early Texas homestead along the trails. 

Whether you’re looking to hike, swim, or simply enjoy a picnic by the water, McKinney Falls State Park promises a refreshing outing for all ages.

3. Landa Falls

Location: Landa Park, New Braunfels, Texas

Get ready for a day filled with fun and relaxation at Landa Falls in Landa Park, a delightful natural spot in the heart of New Braunfels.

Unlike typical cascading waterfalls, Landa Falls gently flows from the Comal River, creating a picturesque setting ideal for families and friends. 

You can rent a paddle boat or a mini-train ride to explore more of this scenic area. 

And don’t forget the tubing!

The surrounding Landa Park offers a variety of trails, including the Panther Canyon Nature Trail, a short and sweet hike that’s perfect for all ages. 

Bring your swimming gear to cool off in the refreshing waters after a sunny day of activities. 

If you’re into golf, the park also features a miniature golf course that adds an extra layer of fun to your visit. 

With picnic spots aplenty, the area is perfect for a picnic too.

4. Pedernales Falls State Park

Location: Johnson City, Texas

Discover the rugged beauty of Pedernales Falls State Park, where the Pedernales River cascades over massive slabs of limestone. 

Pedernales Falls State Park

This park, located just east of Johnson City, offers you a spectacular view of the river’s dramatic waterfalls and serene pools. 

Take the Wolf Mountain Trail, a 5.5-mile loop that offers breathtaking views and a chance to explore more of the park’s natural wonders. 

If you’re into bird watching or wildlife photography, bring your binoculars and camera to capture the abundant wildlife, including deer and birds. 

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For a shorter visit, the quarter-mile Twin Falls Nature Trail leads directly to a beautiful scenic overlook, ideal for families with small children. 

Always remember to check the park’s guidelines, as the river’s flow can change, making areas around the falls dangerous after heavy rainfalls. 

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Pack a picnic, plenty of water, and your hiking boots for a day of adventure in one of Texas Hill Country’s most beloved state parks.

5. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Location: About 45 minutes west of Austin, Texas

Step into a hidden paradise at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, where a breathtaking limestone grotto and waterfall await to enchant you.

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center waterfall

You’re seriously going to think you’re in a different world here.

Located just a short drive from Austin, this secluded nature preserve offers guided tours that lead you down into a stunning canyon to the emerald pool below the falls. 

You can experience the Uplands Trail System, which is rich with local flora and fauna, offering educational opportunities about the Hill Country’s ecosystem. 

Photography lovers and nature enthusiasts will love the rare chance to see such pristine beauty, often compared to scenes from a fairy tale. 

Remember, visits are by reservation only, so plan ahead to secure your spot. 

Along the way, your guide will share fascinating insights about the area’s geology and history, making your experience both fun and informative. 

Bring a picnic to enjoy in the designated areas after your tour, rounding out a perfect day of exploration and learning.

6. Hamilton Pool Preserve

Location: Dripping Springs, Texas

Step into the enchanting world of Hamilton Pool Preserve, where a stunning 50-foot waterfall cascades into a natural jade-green pool.

This has seriously got to be one of the best natural wonders in Texas.

Located just a short drive from Austin, this geological marvel was formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed.

Today, it’s a favorite spot for both locals and tourists looking to swim, relax, and photograph the scenic beauty.

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Due to its popularity, entry is by reservation only, so make sure to book your visit ahead of time.

There are no extensive hiking trails here, but a short quarter-mile path leads you from the parking area to the pool, offering easy access for all ages.

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The overhanging cliff and the lush vegetation create a cool, shaded environment, perfect for escaping the Texas heat.

You used to be able to walk in the cave behind the waterfall, but that’s not allowed anymore due to safety concerns.

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If you’re only going to visit one or two of the places on this list, then this should definitely be one of them as it’s one of Texas Hill Country’s most iconic natural attractions.

7. Krause Springs

Location: Spicewood, Texas

Imagine a day surrounded by natural springs and lush gardens at Krause Springs, a family-owned property in Spicewood that has been welcoming visitors for generations. 

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This iconic swimming hole features both man-made and natural pools, fed by 32 springs scattered throughout the property.

Take a dip in the cool, clear waters or relax by the waterfall that cascades into a fairy-tale-like grotto. 

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Michael Welch / Flickr

For those who love camping, Krause Springs offers campsites where you can stay overnight under the stars. 

Don’t miss walking through the butterfly gardens, where you can see a variety of local plant species and maybe even some wildlife. 

Bring your hammock or a book to enjoy a lazy afternoon in the shade of ancient trees. 

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Krause Springs provides a perfect backdrop for both.

8. Gorman Falls

Location: Colorado Bend State Park, Texas

Prepare to be amazed by Gorman Falls, a stunning 70-foot tall waterfall located within Colorado Bend State Park. 

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This natural wonder is a sight to behold, with lush greenery and cascading waters that seem like something out of Jurassic Park.

To reach Gorman Falls, go on the Gorman Falls Trail, a 3-mile round trip that offers a moderate hike with a rewarding view. 

This living waterfall is renowned for its travertine formations, which continue to grow and shape the landscape. 

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Bring sturdy shoes for the trek and a camera to capture the spectacular views. 

If you’re into nature then you’ll love it here, as you’ll find plenty of wildlife and scenic spots along the way. 

Remember, the trail can be rocky and steep at times, so prepare for a bit of adventure on your journey to the falls.

9. Chalk Ridge Falls

Location: Belton, Texas, near Stillhouse Hollow Lake

Chalk Ridge Falls is a hidden gem tucked away beneath the dam of Stillhouse Hollow Lake near Belton. 

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This secluded spot is ideal for a peaceful day trip, with the Chalk Ridge Falls Trail leading you along a suspended bridge over the creek to multiple smaller waterfalls and serene pools.

The trail itself is about 3 miles long and features clear signage, making it easy for first-time visitors to navigate. 

It’s a favorite among locals for fishing, hiking, and photography, thanks to its picturesque landscapes and abundant plant life. 

Keep an eye out for the unique limestone formations along the creek, which add to the area’s charm. 

Pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic areas, or just relax to the soothing sounds of flowing water. 

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Tom Jackson

Tom was born in San Antonio but spent most of his childhood in Dallas, he has lived in several cities across Texas and joined the team in 2024 to create travel guides on Texas.

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