, 2022-09-08 00:31:41,
Johnson City might be summed up as a small gem in the Texas Hill Country where hills, history, wine, and fun all come together. This small town, which is situated smack dab in the middle of wine country, should not be overlooked while making travel plans for the hill region.
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Johnson City is located on the banks of the Pedernales River, an hour west of Austin. It takes around three and a half hours to get there from Houston, about an hour to get there from San Antonio or New Braunfels, and about four hours from Dallas. Dripping Springs is around 25 minutes apart from Johnson City.
The Pedernales River is a tributary of the Colorado River that flows through Central Texas in the United States. It is about 106 miles (171 km) long.
It flows from west to east across the Texas Hill Country, draining a portion of the Edwards Plateau. First used in the middle of the 18th century, the name “Pedernales” is derived from the Spanish word for the flint rocks that are typical of the riverbed.
East of Johnson City in Blanco County, along the river, is where you’ll find Pedernales Falls State Park. Its water levels can fluctuate, like many other rivers in central Texas.
The river appears to be quite calm on a sign at the state park and is followed by a picture of a rushing wall of murky water just five minutes away. During the high-water season, whitewater rafting is a favorite activity on the lower river.
For safety concerns, it is recommended not to jump in for a swim.
We stayed at Walden Retreats this summer – a new luxury glamping property in Johnson City. This 96-acre property features 7 suites, 8 studios, an event pavilion designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, and a welcoming lobby featuring a curated general store – all in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
We loved waking up in the tent and enjoying coffee while watching the sun rise over the Pedernales River. I also loved soaking in the bathtub at night and cozying up in bed.
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1388 Gipson Rd, Johnson City, TX, waldenretreats.com
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The Science Mill is located in a former field mill in the center of Johnson City’s historic district. It aims to show science in action and pique interest in science-related careers.
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