The City of Wimberley, originally called Glendale, was established in 1848 as a trading post. Attracting people to the area was easy due to its many springs, beautiful landscape and central location. Many of the early settlers were veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto, arriving on land grants. Within a couple of decades, a saw mill and grist mill were built on the Cypress Creek, serving the many communities of the area.
Downtown Wimberley, Flickr.com
Located in central Hays County, between Austin and San Antonio, Wimberley’s primary industry for the last 100 years has turned to tourism. Sitting on the Cypress Creek and Blanco River, the city again became the choice of veterans. This time it was after WWII when Wimberley became the perfect spot for summer homes to catch the cool breezes off the water.
Cypress River, Flickr.com
What to do in Wimberley
There are many things to do and see in Wimberley. One of its main attractions is the Outdoor Market held on the first Saturday of the month from March to December. http://www.shopmarketdays.com/ Considered as the oldest in the Texas Hill Country and the second largest in the state, the Outdoor Market promotes many of the arts along with the Wimberley Valley Art League. http://www.wimberley.org/7604206_12663.htm On weekends during the Outdoor Market, live music is staged with area talent.
Rodeo and swimming
Each year the Wimberley VFW rodeo is held at the rodeo grounds of Veterans Memorial Park on the weekend closest to July 4. The Blue Hole in Wimberley is one of the areas two natural swimming holes, with Cypress Falls in Woodcreek being the other. Both are popular for providing cool clear water for swimmers.
Blanco River, Flickr.com
Other popular attractions include hiking trails in natural settings, an 18 hole golf course in nearby Woodcreek, and live theatre at the EmilyAnn Theatre. http://www.emilyann.org/ Also at EmilyAnn’s, lookout for Wimberley’s annual Christmas Trail of Lights to see over one 100 displays. http://www.wimberley.org/d/9768263_12663.htm
Additional information for Wimberley can be found through the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.wimberley.org/.
Blue Bonnets of Wimberley, Flickr.com